What is it?
Renault’s all-new Twingo, tested in the UK for the first time. The new city car is most notable for being rear-engined and rear-wheel drive as it enters its third generation, what with it being a sister car to the upcoming Smart Forfour.
Two three-cylinder engines are on offer: a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated unit and a 0.9-litre turbo. It’s the former we’re testing here.
What's it like?
As our first drive of the new Twingo in France at the end of August revealed, the new Twingo feels distinctly like a conventional front-driver in the way it goes. If you want to replicate old-school city car charm and thrills from a bygone era, best head into the classifieds.
What you get with this new Twingo is a charm of a different kind. It’s a car that makes you feel good to look at inside and out; the cabin is spacious, the materials respectable, the colours are cheerful.
To drive, it’s got all the character that all good city cars should have. It actually feels a bit like a Fiat Panda, or that could be the mind playing tricks what with some of the interior shapes, sense of space and the lofty driving position.