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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Renault Twizy

Overall verdict
A brilliant answer to the question of eco-friendly urban transport.


It’s tiny, it’s quirky, it recharges in 3.5 hours. It’s so much better than a G-Wiz


There are some security issues the (optional) doors do little to alleviate


What is it?

Renault already has the largest range of electric cars on sale in Europe. Now, it’s also to offer the cheapest mainstream electric car we’ve yet seen, too. Indeed, it’s so cheap, it’s actually one of the UK’s cheapest four-wheeled vehicles of all, with entry prices coming in well below £7,000. What’s the catch? There are two: one, it’s an electric car whose batteries are not included – you have to lease them instead, with contracts starting from £45 a month. Two, it’s not actually a car, but a quadricycle, as defined by its limited size, weight and top speed.

And boy, is it small – just 2.3 metres long and 1.2 metres wide (but similar in height to a Twingo). It seats only two, the interior is back to basics and you don’t even get doors as standard. But who cares. Just look at it. Is this the coolest electric car yet launched?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
F1 Concept 2dr Auto
7.0s 0g/km 97
The cheapest
13kW Expression 2dr Auto
0g/km 17 £6,940
The greenest
13kW Dynamique 2dr Auto
0g/km 17 £7,740