Renault Twingo 1.0 SCE Dynamique S [Start Stop] 5 door Hatchback (2018) at Renault Bury

Finished in Crystal White solid paint and fitted with Body Kit, Sport part leather, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Cellular phone preparation, Connections for USB and auxiliary audio devices, Dynamique S trim level, Speed limiter, Stability control system, Text to speech / speech to text and plenty more desirable kits.




Petrol 67.3 combined MPG


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CO2: 95 g/km

MPG: 67.3

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Finished in Crystal White solid paint and fitted with Body Kit, Sport part leather, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Cellular phone preparation, Connections for USB and auxiliary audio devices, Dynamique S trim level, Speed limiter, Stability control system, Text to speech / speech to text and plenty more desirable kits.


Badge Engine CC: 1.0
Badge Power: 70
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: SCE [Start Stop]
Coin Series: Dynamique S
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 3E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 78
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 68
NCAP Safety Assist %: 56
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 95
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 999
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.3
Engine Code: H4D 400
Gears: 5 SPEED
Number of Valves: 12
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 67.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 76.4
EC Urban (mpg): 56.5


0 to 62 mph (secs): 14.5
Engine Power - BHP: 70
Engine Power - KW: 51
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 67
Engine Torque - MKG: 9.3
Engine Torque - NM: 91
Engine Torque - RPM: 2850
Top Speed: 94


Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 185/50 R16
Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R16
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: SPORT
Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1554
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 3595
Wheelbase: 2492
Width: 1646

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 35
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1360
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 980
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 219
Max. Loading Weight: 495
Max. Roof Load: N
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
Minimum Kerbweight: 865
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 8.59

PARTY OUT BACK! (new2) 19/09/2014

Renault's rear-engined Twingo puts the focus on clever design and offers am interesting option in the battle for city car honours. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

In MK3 model form, the Renault Twingo has switched from a front-engined front-wheel drive hatch to a rear-engined rear-wheel drive city car. Developed in conjunction with Daimler, Renault's baby aims to give rivals such as the Peugeot 108 and Volkswagen up! something to worry about.


If you were guessing at who Renault partnered up with to make the third-generation Twingo, congratulations if you chose Nissan. It's the logical answer, with Renault owning over 43 per cent of the Japanese company. Unfortunately it's also the wrong answer. Give yourself a clap on the back if you came up with Daimler AG, owners of Mercedes-Benz and, more pertinently, Smart. Yes, this Twingo is built on the chassis of future Smart cars. After realising that both companies seemed to be in the early design stages of very similar concepts, Renault and Daimler signed a strategic cooperation agreement in 2010, marking the official green light for the joint-development of the Twingo and the next versions of the two and four-seat Smart. The first generation Twingo was launched in 1992 and was a huge success in continental Europe although never sold in right-hand drive form here in the UK. We had to wait for the second generation car, which arrived in 2007 and carved itself a profitable niche here, especially in perky Renaultsport 133 guise. The third generation car is the most adventurous yet but will have to beat some serious competition.

Driving Experience

The big news with this Twingo is that compared to its predecessor, it's completely back to front. Where that car was a front-engined front-wheel drive platform, much like almost every other city car on sale, this time round there's been a radical change. The engine is now located at the back and drives the rear wheels. Yes, like a Smart car. A pair of 0.9-litre three-cylinder engines have been developed specially for this role. The first is a 70bhp SCe unit with a modest 90Nm of pulling power. It's better if you can to stretch to the turbo TCe unit, which offers 90bhp and has both manual and automatic gearbox options. A 110bhp version of this same TCe engine is available in the Renault Sport-developed GT hot hatch model. The advantages of a rear-mounted engine in a city car are easy to appreciate. Even with a smallish engine up front, turning circles are often compromised by the amount of under-bonnet real estate the front wheels have to move in. With no engine to worry about, you can offer a genuinely tiny 8.65m turning circle. With the wheels at each corner of the car, you're not going to get the sort of weighty, tail-endy feeling you'd get in a 'traditional' rear-engined model where the engine's slung a long way out beyond the rear axle. The Dynamique and GT TCe 90 models are fitted with Variable Gear Ratio power-assisted steering, making the vehicle more agile and reactive at lower speeds.

Design and Build

If you didn't know the engine was where you'd normally put your shopping, you'd probably never guess from the outside. The Twingo has a fairly conventional city car silhouette, with elements of Fiat 500 in its cheeky domed profile. The front end adopts the usual Renault family face with bulging headlamps and a detail strip that frames the huge centrally-mounted Renault diamond. Punched inboard of the headlight pods are LED daytime running lights. The design team, headed up by Laurens van den Acker, wanted to evoke the feel of the Renault 5 and the rake of the Twingo's rear screen and the prominent shoulders are said to be inspired by the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo. That might be a bit of a stretch for most of us to spot. Meanwhile, the new city car's five-door architecture - a first in the history of the model - makes it the most versatile Twingo to date. The rear door handles are hidden in the door frames and there are just four poppy colours to choose from; light blue, white, yellow and red. Scope for personalisation exists, naturally, with customisable exterior trim features like the door mirrors, side protective mouldings and decals. The Twingo is around 100mm shorter than its predecessor, but due to a longer wheelbase, the cabin length has increased by 130mm. With a flat boot floor and the ability to carry items up to 2.2m in length, the Twingo has a practical side too. It can carry over 200-litres in the back, but unfortunately there's no boot up front, that space being taken up by battery, fluids and wheel arches. Storage cubbies throughout the cabin add another 52-litres.

Market and Model

The Twingo is priced from around £9,500 and is available in five trim levels; Expression, Play, Dynamique, Dynamique S and GT. Only the top Dynamique, Dynamique S and GT models are offered with the 90bhp TCe engine. A smartphone-operated 'R & GO' system is fitted to every model, giving intuitive access to a variety of navigation, telephone, multimedia and trip computer functions as well as internet radio and a host of other practical features. Dynamique models offer the option of the R-Link multimedia system with a seven-inch touch-screen, voice control, TomTom navigation and 3D sound by Arkamys. DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and USB sockets are standard on every version as are body-coloured bumpers, door handles and exterior door mirror shells, a rear spoiler and LED daytime running lights. Comfort and convenience are provided with electric power steering, electric front windows, remote central locking, a speed limiter, a height-adjustable steering wheel, a trip computer and gearchange indicator, a lane-change function for the indicators and the automatic activation of the rear screen wiper when reverse gear is selected. The Play version adds air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, and 15-inch black two-tone wheel trims in place of the grey ones with Expression. Dynamique S versions add 15-inch alloy wheels, pinstripe shoulder-line decals, front fog lamps, electric heated door mirrors, cruise control, a lane departure warning system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob, white instrument backlighting, a folding key and storage pockets in the rear doors. Personalisation options include the ability to change seat trims, door cards, wheels, air vent surrounds, steering wheel inserts and pedal sets. Renault also offers a number of convenience, touch and style packs for the Twingo.

Cost of Ownership

You'd hope that a citycar would turn in some strong economy and emissions figures and the Twingo doesn't disappoint. The 70bhp versions of the Twingo in Expression and Play trims will net you 62.8mpg with emissions of 105g/km. Of course, there will be some buyers who won't countenance a citycar unless it dips under the 100g/km figure and in order to achieve that, you'll need to upgrade to the 70bhp Dynamique model, which comes with Stop & Start technology. This helps improve efficiency to 67.3mpg and 95g/km. Even the punchy 90bhp ENERGY TCe motor manages to record less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide thanks to Stop & Start. This manages 65.7mpg and 99g/km. Residual values of the Twingo have always been very good and this one should be no different. In fact, such is the buzz created by its novel engineering that it ought to do better than its predecessor when it comes to holding onto its value. No diesel version has been released, Renault claiming that the limited amount of space for the engine precludes the fitment of a bigger and heavier diesel engine with all of its ancillaries. Still, the market for diesel city cars has always been marginal, so you're probably not missing too much.


The Renault Twingo is a car that doesn't feel particularly rear-engined to drive, which leaves you wondering what the point is. Then you begin to appreciate the benefits. The front wheels can pivot to 45 degrees, giving the car astonishing manoeuvrability. Rotating the engine and putting it under the boot floor, gives a seriously low centre of gravity, helping both handling and packaging. Most citycars are at their best in entry-level trims, but the Twingo feels a more assured prospect with a bit more kit in it. In fact, the plush Dynamique S TCe 90 version would be our pick, and at around £13,000, it looks reasonable value against a comparable Volkswagen up! The Twingo was always a fun choice but one that struggled as a genuine all-rounder. Renault looks to have given this third-generation car the tools it needs to give the class leaders a real scare.

ONE SMALL STEP. (family) 16/12/2016

June Neary checks out Renault's little Twingo

Will It Suit Me?

Small can be beautiful. Or failing that, it can at least be charismatic. For proof, you only had to look at Renault's first generation Twingo launched way back in 1993. If you could find one to look at of course. Renault never officially imported them, afraid of the UK right hand drive conversion cost that would price it too close to (and consequently rob sales from) entry-level Clio supermini models. The French brand did bring the MK2 version here in right hand drive form just after the turn of the century, but it was an unremarkable thing, unless you ordered it in rip-snorting Renaultsport hot hatch form, a car that had rock-hard suspension that threatened to shake my fillings out when I tried one. This wasn't my idea of what a Twingo should be. But this third generation version certainly is. Innovative, clever and forward thinking, it sets a new trend in the citycar segment by using an unusual rear wheel drive, rear-engined layout. I was looking forward to trying it when one appeared on my driveway.


Like me, you might think of a typical modern citycar as being a pretty space-efficient thing. Then you come to this MK3 model Twingo and realise just how much more is possible. Here's a design so different from its conventional predecessor that you might wonder if a couple of generations have been skipped while you weren't looking. Outside, it's 10cms shorter than before, yet somehow inside, it's 33cms longer. The bonnet's tiny and the turning circle's tighter than that of a taxi. Such are the benefits of Renault's decision to put the engine in the rear. Being rear-engined defines this 3.5-metre-long car in other ways too. With no oily bits at the pointy end, the front wheels can be pushed right to the corners, which improves stability - as well as increasing cabin space to such an extent that the interior of this Twingo is virtually as big as that of a Renault Clio supermini from the next class up. As a result, some have hailed this as the most significant small runabout we've seen since the original Mini. For proof of that, you've only to lift the glass tailgate. Yes, the boot floor is quite high because that engine sits beneath it, but there's 188-litres of space on offer - or as much as 219-litres if you tilt the rear seatbacks forward to their 90-degree angled 'cargo position'. Where this Twingo really does have an advantage though, is when you push forward the rear bench, here split 50:50. The 980-litre capacity this reveals is nearly class-leading.

Behind the Wheel

So, how does it feel to drive? Well to be honest, if you weren't told beforehand that the engine was in the back, you probably wouldn't realise the fact - which is probably about as big a compliment as I could pay Renault regarding this Twingo's handling neutrality. Essentially, though the driving position is a little more commanding than most, in every other respect, on first acquaintance at least, this feels just like any other modestly-powered city runabout. Or at least it does until you come to tightly twirl the wheel. In this car, the front wheels can turn to an impressive 45 degree angle: more typically, urban runabouts are limited to about 30-degrees. As a result, this car offers a super-tight turning circle of just 8.59m - which is pretty much on par with a London taxi cab and over a metre tighter than any other rival can offer. Enough to make the difference between making a successful U-turn or being caught in the traffic having to hurry a three-pointer. In terms of urban usability, it certainly gives this car a huge advantage. On to engines. I tried the one most buyers will opt for, the 70PS 1.0-litre SCe petrol unit, three cylinders in size - as is common in this segment - but offering a mere 91Nm of pulling power, which explains the distinctly leisurely performance. If you really can't face going quite that slowly and feel prepared to pay a little more for your Twingo, then your Renault sales person will quickly direct you towards the other mainstream engine on offer, the TCe 90PS unit.

Value For Money

The mainstream Twingo models we're concentrating on here sit in a fairly narrow pricing band - we're talking from just under £10,000 to just under £12,000. That's because there are only two petrol engines on offer - both three cylinder petrol units - and just this single five-door bodystyle. You can though, talk to your dealer about a 6-speed twin clutch EDC auto gearbox option. If, like most buyers, you choose the lower-powered SCe 70 variant, then bear in mind that it doesn't come with a fuel-saving Stop & Start system, unless you stretch your budget to around £11,000 for the plush Dynamique version I'm trying here. And Dynamique is the only trim level available if you can find around £12,000 to get yourself the extra power of the single turbo TCe 90 model.

Could I Live With One?

It's good to see Renault once again willing to do things a little differently. This company has, after all, often been at its best when it tears up the rulebook. It did that way back in 1993 in creating the original Twingo model and again does so here with that car's appealing third generation successor. The almost unique selling point in this case, the rear wheel drive layout, ought to be just another engineering solution, though a very intriguing one. In practice though, it's more than that, conferring upon this car a different feel and giving it a more individual character you can then further personalise to your heart's content.

Renault Twingo average rating: 4.5/5 (2 reviews)

- 19/04/2017, owner of a Renault Twingo Hatchback 0.9 TCE Dynamique 5dr [Start Stop]

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
I've had 4 Smart cars for running round town but needed something bigger for the grand kids. Renault teamed up with Smart on this rear-engine five-door hatch that looked like it could fit the bill. Phoned Blackburn motor parks for a test drive and got one the next day. 10 days later I own a new Twingo - top class service.

- 16/02/2017, owner of a Renault Twingo Hatchback 1.0 SCE Dynamique 5dr [Start Stop] - 2017

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
The Renault Twingo is a great small city car comparable to the Fiat 500 BUT BETTER! It is very responsive, it picks up speed quick and parks with ease. The interior is compact, stylish and contemporary and there are no unnecessary technical bits and bobs to faff on with. The seats are comfy both in the rear and front and it has plenty of boot space. Overall the car is brill and I would highly recommend it to new, young or old drivers or anyone who wants something small and simple.

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