Renault Twingo Reviews

The Renault Twingo offers something different from the class norm, but isn’t up with the class best

Sharing its platform with the Smart ForTwo and ForFour, Renault’s city car has its engine in the rear and sends its power to the rear wheels. As Renault Twingo reviews explain, this frees up storage space where the engine would have gone (while retaining some storage space in the rear boot as well), making the Twingo a practical and relatively spacious supermini that can accommodate four adults in reasonable comfort. The layout also means the front wheels have more space to turn, resulting in a better turning circle, so the Twingo is a very easy car to manoeuvre. The unconventional configuration does result in the Twingo being slightly more expensive than rivals, but not by a considerable margin.

However, new car reviews are in general agreement that the Twingo doesn’t do quite enough to capitalise on its advantages. Although it is easy to drive, it is not particularly satisfying to drive, with spongy controls and a lack of any spark or excitement. Refinement, ride quality and, therefore, comfort are also only average. While it’s quite expensive, equipment levels aren’t hugely generous, and the cheaper of the two petrol engines is frequently reported as being too slow. Interior quality isn’t any better than average either. That said, the interior and exterior styling is altogether more fun and characterful than a lot of rivals’, and the option of customisation is more plentiful both inside and out.

Auto Express:
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“The Renault Twingo is an attractive rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive alternative to the VW up! and Hyundai i10.” Read more...

Telegraph:
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“The Renault Twingo is a city car with a rear-engined layout and plenty of cheeky appeal.” Read more...

Top Gear:

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“Renault has tried something different with the Twingo, and it's worked.”  Read more...

What Car?:

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“The Renault Twingo mixes cheeky retro styling with genuine practicality. It’s neither as refined nor as comfortable as the best city cars, though.”  Read more...

 

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