Renault Twingo 1.0 SCE Dynamique [Start Stop] 5 door Hatchback (2017) at Renault Bury

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CO2: 95 g/km

MPG: 67.3

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General

Badge Engine CC: 1.0
Badge Power: 70
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: SCE [Start Stop]
Coin Series: Dynamique
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
HC+NOx: N
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
Engine Layout: REAR TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
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

Performance

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

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 165/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear: 185/60 R15
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: ARIANE
Wheel Type: 15" 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

ZIP DRIVE (new2) 29/08/2014

Renault's rear-engined Twingo Dynamique ENERGY 90 offers something very different for under £12k. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Renault Twingo made its reputation as a car that didn't play by the rules and this third generation model reprises that theme. The rear-engined layout makes all kinds of sense for a citycar and the range-topping Dynamique ENERGY model is sure to be very popular indeed.

Background

When choosing a city car, what are the key criteria you'd prioritise when making a decision? If you're like most people, you want something that's easy to drive, that looks good, that handles well, doesn't look too cheapskate or, even worse, too try-hard and represents decent value. These days the list of cars that fulfil those requirements has grown considerably, but Renault might well have manoeuvred itself into pole position with its third generation Twingo. The most notable feature about this car is an engineering detail that many buyers might not care about. Instead of being under the bonnet, the engine is instead located beneath the boot floor, sharing its chassis with the next-generation Smart car. You can get it with a 70PS powerplant which will be enough for most, but working on the basis that you can never have too much power in a rear-engined car, we'd prefer the 90PS Dynamique ENERGY model.

Driving Experience

The three-cylinder engine displaces a modest 898cc and develops 90PS and 135Nm of torque. It's been cleverly angled to 49 degrees to increase interior space and deploy its power through a compact five-speed manual gearbox. Thankfully the Twingo only weighs around 950kg, so this engine will punt it to 62mph in a zippy 10.8 seconds with a top speed of 103mph. That makes it a full 3.7 seconds quicker to 62mph than the 70PS model and while the Twingo isn't targeting hot hatch drivers, that added urge is going to make quite a difference when pulling out onto fast-moving roundabouts or dicing with the cut and thrust of motorway traffic. This flagship version also gets Variable Gear Ratio power-assisted steering, taking the effort out of quick manoeuvres. 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.

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 Twingo is around 100mm shorter than its predecessor, but due to a longer wheelbase, the cabin length has increased by 130mm. Luggage capacity is 219-litres and can be extended to 980-litres by folding the 50:50 split rear seats. There is also 52-litres of personal storage space within the cabin, including a removable 2.6-litre compartment at the bottom of the centre console, 29-litres of space beneath the front seats - with nets available to hold items in place - and a 6.4-litre glovebox.

Market and Model

The asking price of £11,695 is far from unreasonable for the range-topping version, Volkswagen asking a good deal more for 75PS worth of High Up! Standard equipment on the Dynamique trim includes air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, 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. That's some kit list for under twelve grand. That's on top of electric power steering, electric front windows, remote central locking, a speed limiter, 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. Safety equipment includes Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Assist and four airbags as well as front and rear headrests and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. A Sport Pack is available to order on this version and features 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, part-leather red and black upholstery, side decals, aluminium pedals, a red interior highlight pack and an exterior pack, which adds colour to the front grille insert, door mirrors and side door protectors.

Cost of Ownership

As you might expect, economy and emissions figures make reassuring reading. The Slovenian-built Twingo Dynamique ENERGY will get 65.7 miles from a gallon of 95RON, just dipping under the 100g/km threshold too at 99g/km. In fact, this engine does even better than the entry-level 70PS unit, which 'only' manages 62.8mpg and 105g/km by comparison. The Dynamique models get Renault's Stop & Start system, which cuts the engine when the car is stationary in traffic to reduce emissions and further improve economy. 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. Residual values ought to be very good, as the Twingo has created quite a buzz and the personalisation options available allow second owners to customise the car to their requirements.

Summary

Choosing something that's genuinely new and fresh can be tough when buying a citycar. After all, the basic template hasn't changed a lot in the past few years. The Renault Twingo changes all that. Here's a car that dares to be different and looks set to be rewarded for it. The 90PS Dynamique ENERGY model isn't going to be the biggest seller in the range but it's the car you ought to buy. The reason? It offers so much more go than the 70PS car and only costs £700 more, you get the clever variable gear steering system included and there's the option of the Sport Pack to further juice up the looks of your Twingo. Until, or indeed if, Renault gets round to making an RS version of the Twingo, this model is as peppy as it gets. Clearly, Renault is going to have to deal with the internecine challenge from the Smart Forfour, the car which shares its underpinnings, and much will hinge on how the Smart is priced, but the Twingo has the head start in the market and that is often crucial. Right now, it's hard to think of a much more attractive citycar than this 90PS version of Renault's rear-engined riposte.

BETTER BY THE LITRE? (new2) 14/11/2014

Is Renault's entry-level 1.0-litre Twingo worth the money or should you look elsewhere in the range for value? Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Renault Twingo is a great little citycar most will want in SCe 70 1.0-litre entry-level guise. If you want performance, you'll want to spring for the pokier turbocharged 900cc motor but if economy is everything, this base unit might well suit. Engine issues aside, it certainly seems to be made of all the right stuff.

Background

You should have figured it out by now, but if you haven't it's worth remembering. A small car's engine capacity isn't the most accurate guide to its position in the hierarchy. Take the Renault Twingo for example. You might well have heard of this latest version, with the engine in the back and the underpinnings shared with the latest Smart Forfour. If you haven't, it's a car with the engine in the back and its underpinnings shared with the latest Smart Forfour. Renault launched this car with two engines, an 899cc unit and a 999cc motor. The key difference between the two - apart from the obvious 100 cubic centimetres of capacity - is that the former is turbocharged and generates 90PS and the latter does without forced induction for a mere 70PS. We'll take a look at the latter engine and see whether it makes a decent buy.

Driving Experience

Preservation of momentum is key when you only have 70PS under your right boot. The Twingo revs willingly and even sounds quite sporty when you plant it, but it's a car that's really at its best within city confines. Get one on an open road and you'll wish you'd sprung for the 90PS turbo model. On motorways, the gear ratios feel strangely judged and if you're trying to accelerate cleanly off the line to join fast moving traffic, bear in mind that the Twingo will take a full 14.5 seconds to get to 62mph. At idle, the off-beat thrum of the three-cylinder engine causes the car to vibrate quite markedly, so it's better if you choose one with the Start & Stop system fitted. Otherwise, there's a lot to like. 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. For a city-orientated driver, that can only be good news.

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, thiscitycar's five-door architecture - a first in the history of the model - makes it the most versatile Twingo to date. This version is around 100mm shorter than its predecessor, but due to a longer wheelbase, the cabin length has increased by 130mm. Luggage capacity is 219-litres and can be extended to 980-litres by folding the 50:50 split rear seats. There is also 52-litres of personal storage space within the cabin, including a removable 2.6-litre compartment at the bottom of the centre console, 29-litres of space beneath the front seats - with nets available to hold items in place - and a 6.4-litre glovebox.

Market and Model

Prices open at around £9,500 for the entry-level Expression SCe 70, with the Play model bumping that figure up by £500. The model to target is the Dynamique, which for around £11,000 adds the Start & Stop system, driving down the bills quite noticeably. Even the Expression model gets body-coloured bumpers, door handles and exterior door mirror shells, a rear spoiler and LED daytime running lights. Then there's 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. Safety kit includes Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Assist and four airbags as well as front and rear headrests and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Step up to a 'Play' version and you can add 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 on the Expression. The Dynamique gets 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.

Cost of Ownership

Economy is very much a tale of two parts. Go for an Expression or a Play model and you can expect to get 62.8mpg economy and emissions of 105g/km from your Twingo SCe 70. In this day and age, a citycar that can't dip under 100g/km really isn't cutting it. So what should you do? Buy the Dynamique model that's what. Yes, it adds another £1,000 to the price of the Play version that you're probably not going to make back via the marginally better fuel economy and lower emissions of 67.3mpg and 95g/km respectively, but it's also a nicer drive and gets usefully more equipment. But by now, I guess you know where we're going with this line of reasoning. If you're going to drop another grand for the Dynamique model, why not spend another £700 and get the markedly better 90PS turbo engine? We would. Residual values ought to be very good, as the Twingo has created quite a buzz and the personalisation options available allow second owners to customise the car to their requirements. The one thing the SCe engine does have firmly in its favour is its insurance rating; Groups 2-3 as opposed to Group 8 for the TCe 90.

Summary

How to sum up? Well, the SCe engine is a likeable and economic thing but it makes most sense when ordered with a Stop & Start system. Once you've done that, you're already in the range-topping Dynamique trim, so it'll be tempting to pay another £700 and get the much pokier TCe turbo engine. With the more powerful unit, you won't have to work the throttle as hard to make respectable progress, so real world economy will probably be better. It also transforms the Twingo from a pure citycar to something you'd be happy driving on longer trips. But then, how many urban buyers will really undertake longer trips in a model of this sort? As ever, it'll all come down to your priorities....

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.

Background

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.

Summary

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.

Practicalities

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

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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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