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      Launch year
      2014
      Body type
      City car
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Rear engine means clever packaging

Best bits

  • Compact and manoeuvrable in tight spaces
  • Good standard specification
  • Cute looks

Not so great

  • Noise levels increase significantly at higher speeds
  • Taller drivers may struggle to get comfortable
  • Boot relatively small with rear seats in place

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Overall verdict

"Quirky and distinctive, the Twingo is spacious and well-suited to city life. It performs less well out of town however, and the driving position may be too cramped for taller drivers."

Renault Twingo Front Side View

Packaging is everything when it comes to small cars - just look at the original Mini as a prime example - because you have much less room to play with, but people still want to fit as much stuff in as possible. That’s why you tend to see more innovation at work when it comes to small cars, and why Reanult’s 2014 Twingo took a different approach.


Designed and built in collaboration with Smart, who also produced the mechanically-similar ForFour, the Twingo took the unusual step of putting the engine at the rear of the car and driving the rear wheels, unlike the front-engine, front-wheel-drive approach of almost every other small car in existence. The theory is that you can package up the engine and drivetrain more efficiently at the rear of the car, leaving more space for passengers and letting the front wheels just do the steering.


It’s not remotely obvious that this is the case when you look at the Twingo however, it just looks like a very small car. A cute one too, with very short overhangs, a friendly face and a tall but narrow body emphasising that this is a car designed to take up as little road space as possible while creating the most amount of space for people and luggage.


The Twingo is available with two petrol engine options; a 900cc turbocharged unit and a 1.0-litre non-turbocharged alternative, both with three cylinders. The turbo unit might be smaller but packs a bigger punch, offering up 90PS and 135Nm of torque, while the 1.0-litre is the cheaper alternative with 70PS and only 91Nm of torque. Most models are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, but a dual-clutch, six-speed automatic is available with the turbocharged engine. Renault also introduced a hotter GT model with 1110PS, but the extra performance and cost makes it less viable as a true city car.


Inside the Twingo’s unusual engine arrangement pays off, as the cabin is impressively spacious for a car so small. Four adults will fit in reasonable comfort, with good head and legroom up front and in the rear. One caveat is that the driver’s seat and steering wheel don’t have a large range of adjustment, so taller drivers may find themselves feeling a little jammed in. Boot space is 220 litres with all the seats in place but can be expanded to 980 litres with all the seats folded.


The Twingo is available in five different trim levels, with Expression, Play, Dynamique, Dynamique S and GT. Standard equipment on all models includes LED daytime running lights, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, hill start assist, a speed limiter, DAB radio with Bluetooth, remote central locking and electric windows.


The Renault’s driving experience is definitely city-centric; the rear-engine arrangement means the front wheels can turn up to 45 degrees, providing a very tight turning circle that makes manoeuvring easy and parking a breeze. The turbocharged 0.9TCe engine is also at its best here, providing a useful surge of acceleration at low speeds. The Twingo is less accomplished at higher speeds however, with noise levels increasing substantially and the lack of performance more obvious.


Overall the Twingo is an interesting and fun take on the city car template. It does some things better than any rival, and really excels in the city, but it is less well-rounded and can feel a little out of its depth on the open road.


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Renault Twingo

0.9 TCE Dynamique 5dr [Start Stop]

  • 2017
  • 19,055 miles
  • Lookers Renault Newcastle
  • Northumberland, NE65XA
Price:£5,899
PCP: £112.99/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £112.99, Customer Deposit: £884.00, Total Deposit: £884.85, Optional Final Payment: £2,085.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,025.50, Total Amount Payable: £6,924.50, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.4%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Renault Twingo

0.9 TCE 110 GT 5dr

  • 2016
  • 10,617 miles
  • Renault Retail Group Watford
  • Hertfordshire, WD188JG
Price:£8,250
PCP: £154.64/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £154.64, Customer Deposit: £1,237.00, Total Deposit: £1,237.50, Optional Final Payment: £2,921.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,475.54, Total Amount Payable: £9,725.54, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Renault Twingo right for you?

The Twingo might be the right car for you, but it does depend on how you plan to use it. If you plan to spend most of your time in the city or in town and frequently have to carry passengers, then the Twingo will make a sound choice, offering plenty of space but making the most of its compact dimensions and being easy to park. If you frequently venture out of town or use the motorway a great deal, then you might be best to choose a more rounded city car.

What’s the best Renault Twingo model to choose?

Of the two engine options, the turbocharged 0.9TCe is definitely the one to go for. It is fractionally less economical than the non-turbocharged 1.0-litre option, but offers a considerable performance boost and makes the Twingo a viable out of town option. The higher-power TCe engine is only available in the GT model, and while it offers useful extra performance it is the most expensive model in the range.


The basic Expression model is relatively well-equipped, but is only available with the 1.0-litre engine. The Play model makes more sense, as it adds air conditioning and driver’s seat height adjustment, both of which make a big difference to driver comfort levels. It’s also worth considering moving up to Dynamique, which adds alloy wheels and other visual niceties but more importantly brings stop/start, cruise control and a leather covering for the steering wheel and gearlever.


What other cars are similar to the Renault Twingo?

Plenty of the usual suspects are in competition with the Twingo, but it’s worth remembering the Smart ForFour that is the sister car to the Twingo. With the same rear-engine arrangement it is impressively spacious, although model-for-model it tends to be more expensive than the equivalent Twingo.


The SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo are spin-offs of the Volkswagen Up and bring the solid engineering and efficiency you usually get, just with a smaller price tag than the Volkswagen version. Smart-looking and good to drive, both the Mii and Citigo are attractive options.


The Hyundai i10 is also a strong contender, and although the cheapest model is some way from the cheapest Citroen C1, it brings a quality feel and good specification.

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Renault Twingo Front Interior

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Prices, versions and specification