2014 Renault Twingo review: Cute but flawed

Introduction

Co-developed with Daimler's Smart ForFour, the third-generation Renault Twingo is unusual for being rear-engined and rear-wheel drive. With five doors as standard, the layout allows for a car with impressive manoeuvrability and cabin space, if quite a small boot. Launched in 2014, it was joined by a more sporty GT variant (which takes on the Up GTI) in 2017. As a sub-£10,000 city car, its rivals include the Fiat 500, Citroen C1, Skoda Citigo, VW Up and Hyundai i10.

Body Style: Supermini          Seats:5              MRP from £9,545 - £13,755 

          

Did you know? The Renault Twingo is manufactured alongside the Smart ForFour in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

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Verdict 6.0 / 10

You might hope that the Twingo would be great fun to drive given the rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive set-up, but it's actually not. Limited adjustment to the driving position, odd steering weight and tiresome refinement outweigh the fun you can have making the most of its impressive turning circle and admiring its cute styling. Mind you, the Twingo is good value, is cheap to run and pay for on monthly finance, is a doddle to drive around town and looks as good as anything this side of the Fiat 500, so the appeal is clear. Just be aware that a VW Up (and Seat Mii or Skoda Citigo) o...