When a popstar designs a Twingo
So - what happens when you cross Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud with a budget supermini? We found out...
Posted: 19 Mar 2012
Not our - or presumably your - cup of tea, but we'd let it fly if, as part of the facelift, Renault had sorted out the Twingo's many existing problems. It hasn't. The Twingo's mid-life refresh consists of a gurning new front end, many personalisation options and, erm, that's your lot. No new engines (in the UK at least), no chassis tweaks and, worst of all, scant revisions to the awful early-Nineties dash.
This is deeply frustrating. We like the Twingo. Early last year, I declared the entry-level Twingo Bizu (£6,495 to you, good sir) the greatest cheap car in the world. A moment of overexcitement, perhaps, but the Twingo boasts a far more sorted chassis than other cars in its price range. However, it was a good car with many easily fixable flaws. Renault hasn't fixed any of them.
It'd be naive to suggest that Renault should have spent less time arsing around with a Girl Aloud and more time making its car better: whatever Ms Roberts's fee for her Twingo, I can't imagine it'd cover more than the development of a new stereo knob. But it's a matter of priorities, surely? Isn't a dash that doesn't look sourced from a 20-year-old Renault 19 and a speedometer mounted vaguely within eyeline more important than letting a starlet loose in the dressing-up box?