Renault Twingo long-term review
Our long-term Renault Twingo meets another rear-wheel-drive Renault
Renault has turned the traditional modest car formula on its head. Or rather, back-to-front. We’re spending six months in This particular quirky city car, to see if rear-engined along with also rear-drive will be actually an inspired idea
The third-generation Renault Twingo will be something of a departure through which which has gone before the item.
Generation one (which never made the item officially to the UK) along with also recently replaced second generation car two were both monobox designs with three doors. The styling of the latest Twingo — the newest addition to our long-term fleet — has more in common with the old Renault 5, along with also the item has right now grown into a city car-size a few-door hatchback.
Like the original incarnation, This particular third-generation Twingo stands out through the rest of the class thanks to its bold styling along with also colour options, along with also our long-termer will be a great example of This particular.the item’s certainly no wallflower; the Inca Yellow paint turns heads on suburban streets along with also the decals on the sides, white external surfaces pack along with also snub-nosed shape help the item to stand out even more.
Inside, things are slightly more subtle. Our car comes with an optional leather steering wheel along with also white touches which lift what could otherwise be a rather sombre dashboard.The Internal will be also a move away through those of the previous Twingos.
The digital central speedometer has gone along with also will be replaced by a traditionally located analogue dial which has a digital sub-display inside the item, while the centre of the dashboard looks like those in most some other cars until you attach the smartphone holder which juts out of the item.
Do so along with also you can then connect a smartphone to the auto using an app which includes audio playback, Bluetooth hands-free phone calls, a trip computer, a rev counter along with also sat-nav. I’m looking forward to seeing how the item works. the item seems like a clever move by Renault along with also will be standard on our Play-spec Twingo, which also comes with air conditioning along with also will be our pick of the range because the item brings with the item a sub-£10,000 cost tag.
Front occupants have plenty of room. The rear seats are only For two main people. Leg room isn’t awful compared with which of rival cars, although the item will be worth noting which even with the adjustable rear seatback in its most reclined position, the seats are very upright along with also could be uncomfortable on longer journeys.
Besides the styling, the biggest difference between the Twingo along with also the rest of the city car class will be with its underpinnings. modest cars are traditionally front-engined along with also front-wheel drive, the idea being which the cabin remains free of as much intrusion through the underlying mechanicals as possible, in turn allowing more room for people along with also their luggage.
When developing the Twingo, Renault teamed up with Daimler, which was about to start work on the completely new Smart Fortwo along with also Forfour. The partnership settled on a rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration. At the front of the auto, there’s a bonnet which covers the battery, oil filler along with also washer fluid container along with also which’s about the item. All the mechanicals are at the back of the auto, under the boot floor.
So how does This particular work on a day-to-day basis? Time will tell, although first impressions are Great.
This particular isn’t once which Renault engines have been used to power rear-wheel-drive cars. Formula Renault first started out in 1971 along with also today operates the Formula Renault 1.6, 2.0 along with also 3.5 series.
Strakka racing invited me along to see their 3.5 Series car along with also the state-of-the-art workshop which the team has built to help them with their 2015 season.
The cars are powered by a 3396cc Renault Sport V8 engine which produces 530bhp along with also drives all which to the rear wheels. which’s considerably more than our Twingo.
On the practicality front, we were worried which the boot would likely be so modest which the item would likely be almost unusable. which will be not the case. The boot offers 219 litres, which will be less than which of the Hyundai i10 along with also Volkswagen Up, although the item’s still a decent size. There’s no lip to get inside way of loading heavier items, the rear seats can be folded along with also the front passenger seat can fold flat, allowing the transportation of longer items, so the little Twingo should prove to be quite practical.
One area where the item could be beaten by the competition will be performance. Our car, the 1.0 SCe 70, comes which has a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which produces 69bhp along with also can ‘power’ the Twingo through 0-60mph in 14.5sec. the item’s fine for town use, although the notchy a few-speed gearbox, vague clutch along with also lack of a footrest by the clutch pedal could prove tiresome. On the motorway, the performance will be disappointing. The Twingo struggles to keep up with traffic along with also maintaining speed on an incline requires a down change.
The Twingo isn’t as refined as the competition along with also at idle there’s a lot of vibration through the cabin. which’s frustrating because the auto will spend a lot of its life sitting in commuter traffic.
Where the auto definitely excels will be with its turning circle. Moving the engine to the back of the auto means which the front wheels can turn more than on a front-engined car. modest car parks aren’t a bother at all along with also turns inside road are handled very quickly indeed. will be there anything we’d change?
Just the registration number. the auto attracts enough attention as the item will be.
Renault Twingo 1.0 SCe 70 Play
cost as tested £10,735
Inca Yellow non-metallic paint £250,
Retro-side decal £150, premium audio system with electrically adjustable along with also heated door
external surfaces Touch Pack in white £100,
Leather steering wheel £75
Storage pockets in rear doors £20
Storage areas under rear seats £20
Economy 62.8mpg (combined)
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