Renault Twingo

The Renault Twingo is a city car that hit the streets of the UK in 2007.

Renault launched its latest Twingo model range in 2010.

The Renault Twingo has a six-model line-up consisting of the Expression 1.2-litre 75, Dynamique 1.2-litre 16V 75, Renaultsport 133 Cup, Renaultsport 133, Gordini 100 and 133.

It makes sense for customers to buy their cars new from Renault as you will not save much buying a used Renault Twingo from a private seller.

The Expression and Dynamique models have a 1.2-litre 16V engine developing 75hp. The power unit returns 55.4mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 119g/km. The power unit accelerates the 950kg Twingo from rest to 62mph in 12.3 seconds and on to a 105 mph top speed. This is not bad for a city car, although a little slower than a Renault van.

The Twingo’s cdimensions are 3600mm long, 1654mm wide and 1470mm high with a 2367mm wheelbase.

There are two independent rear seats. The boot capacity ranges from 165 to 285 litres with all four seats in place to a vast 959 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Standard active and passive safety features include four airbags and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution.

The Twingo is manufactured at Renault’s Revoz plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and represents a €400 million investment.

The first Twingo was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1992.

The latest Renault Twingo was launched at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show in right hand drive for the UK for the first time.

It has 2367mm wheelbase and four individually sliding seats.

The Renault Twingo comes with a five-speed manual transmission.

The Renault Twingo has a MacPherson strut front and a compact torsion beam rear suspension set-up and features an electric power steering system.

The Renault Twingo is 85 per cent recyclable by weight.

The design sees a side profile with semi-circular door handle hollows. There are also flared wheelarches, revamped headlamps and a bee-sting aerial.

The Renault Twingo has a wheel-at-each-corner stance, a short bonnet, wide tracks and neat rear end. The Twingo’s styling features chunky front and rear sports bumpers and front fog lights. On the Dynamique version there are 15-inch Alizar alloy wheels.

There is also a range of customised accessories including decorative decals for the B-pillars, door handle hollows, doors, front wings and rear sides. The range includes graphics such as subtle black or white spirals on the circular door handles to double black or white racing stripes along the roof and bonnet.

The Renault Twingo is available in five metallic colours - Pearl Black, Mercury, Tempest and Azzurro Blue - with two non-metallic called Glacier White and Capsicum Red.

The interior keeps the original Twingo’s central instrument binnacle. Music and connectivity are catered for by its RCA/AUX and the Dynamique’s Bluetooth hands-free telephone system which operates via the steering-column mounted controls.

There are brushed aluminium effect instrument surrounds, dark carbon injected dashboard and a pod-style rev counter mounted on the steering column ahead of the driver.

The Dynamique’s interior trim and colours are dark grey seat upholstery with white stitching and a dark grey dashboard. The Expression model has dark grey upholstery with grey lower panels to the fascia and doors.

The Dynamique is fitted with four individually sliding seats with those in the rear sliding fore and aft up to 220mm, with a ratchet stop every 10mm.

The Expression features a one-piece folding rear bench.

The Twingo’s cabin has eleven storage spaces to hide away the various nick-nacks that accumulate in a car.

In addition to the glovebox, thise Renault comes with 2.2-litre door bins, a 1.7-litre storage space on the dashboard cowling in front of the driver, an 800cc stowage area to the left of the steering column, two cup-holders, stowage space at the foot of the centre console, plus a 3.7-litre bin underneath the passenger seat.