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Renault Twingo

£ 10,530 - £ 13,235
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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

It doesn’t matter that you’re not a keen driver and will only be popping to get your hair done – you need the turbo engine. The 0.9-litre TCe adds a welcome dose of charisma to the Twingo that the flatter 1.0-litre SCe fails to do – it just makes the whole car feel more lively and enthusiastic. In this instance, bigger does not mean better.

However, don’t go expecting a mini Porsche 911 experience. Most of the time you’d be hard pushed to tell the engine was in the back, which, we’re sure, is exactly what Renault intended. But the benefits of the engine’s position (you leave the noise behind you, tight turning circle, etc) shouldn’t be underestimated and, on the whole, it drives gamely. OK, it’s lacking real Panda-esque pizzazz, but it’s got more charm than an Up (and siblings) and more life in it than the 108/C1/Aygo triplets. 

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Renault Twingo 0.9 TCE Iconic 5dr [Start Stop]
  • 0-6210.8s
  • CO2112.0g/km
  • BHP90
  • MPG57.6
  • Price£ 12,335

the cheapest

Renault Twingo 1.0 SCE Play 5dr
  • 0-6214.5s
  • CO2126.0g/km
  • BHP70
  • MPG51.4
  • Price£ 10,530

the greenest

Renault Twingo 1.0 SCE Iconic 5dr [Start Stop]
  • 0-6214.5s
  • CO2110.0g/km
  • BHP70
  • MPG58.9
  • Price£ 11,635
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