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New Renault Twingo 2014: What do you think?

We've shown the brand-new Renault Twingo to a selection of shoppers in Surrey

Renault Twingo 2014 hatchback front

The new Renault Twingo doesn’t arrive in UK showrooms until September, but we’ve managed to get our hands on one ahead of time to see what the British public thinks of this funky new city car.

Two decades after the original Renault Twingo was launched in Europe, Renault has revealed this brand-new third-generation version, and hopes it will renew the car’s appeal among younger buyers and city dwellers. It’s got a tough job on its hands – facing stiff competition from cars like the new Hyundai i10, Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo.

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To find out what real car buyers think of the new Renault Twingo, we took one of the first models off the production line to a shopping centre in Surrey, to ask the general public what they thought of it.

The new model turns the conventional small car formula on its head by placing the engine in the back instead of the front. What’s more, it’s only available with five doors – and Renault claims there’s enough room inside for four full-size adults.

Personality is also key to the Twingo’s new-found appeal, and it’s clear from outset that this model is more than capable of rivaling the Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Adam in the style stakes.

At the front, every car gets LED daytime running lights as standard, while down the side there is a choice of alloy wheel designs and a variety of optional sticker packs to make your Twingo stand out from the crowd. The mirror caps are changeable too, and there’s even an optional full-length fold-back fabric roof – aimed at stealing sales from the Citroen DS3.

All cars get Bluetooth phone connectivity and plenty of storage areas dotted around the cabin. We’ve not driven the car yet, but taking a seat inside proves drivers shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a suitable driving position.

But what do the UK public think of the new Renault Twingo? Watch the video above to find out.

For more information on the current Renault range, visit the Carbuyer Renault reviews page.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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