The TG Nan Prix
Four of Britain’s least expensive cars. One Stig. No optional extras. Will any survive?
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
OK, it's unfair to expect Exige-style pointiness from a front-wheel-drive city car riding on tyres the width of pram wheels, but it's intriguing how much better the rest of the cars in this test deal with the track. Yes, the Alto's ineradicable traction control is frustrating, but its lumpen ride isn't half so evident on the smooth tarmac. Though the Spark makes coastal erosion look rapid, it's a cheerily straightforward thing, brimming with buzzy honesty. And the Twingo? Bloody magnificent. Not content with being the stand-out act on the road, the Renault is a monster around the circuit, too, clinging onto the tarmac like a red barnacle: brakes and steering positive, balance neutral.