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Renault Twizy

£ 6,940 - £ 7,740
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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Renault appears to have detached itself from reality. Doesn't stop us from thinking the Twizy is genius

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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

Overview

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?

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What's the verdict?

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