BEAUTY is in the eye of the beholder and although I’m not fully sold just yet on the styling of the latest Twingo, I have a suspicion that it’s something I’ll grow to like.
This Renaultsport model is certainly more in-yer-face but it drives so well I’d probably own one even if were emblazoned with rainbows and cherubs. Renault aims to broaden the Twingo’s ownership profile, which it reckons has largely been urban ladies to date but I’m not sure the latest changes will achieve that.
The exterior styling sees the rather bland face of the old car replaced by something a lot busier. The massive sidelights that bulge from the edge of the front grille are almost Nissan Juke-like while the headlights get a set of eyelid type mouldings that give it a sleepy-eyed look. At the back there’s a new bumper and light clusters and Renault’s wheel designers have been caning the overtime with 17 new designs for alloy rims and wheel trims. The front end of the Renaultsport model is quite a piece of work. It looks as if three separate proposals have all been incorporated. Less can be more.
In summary, Renault has taken a good car that’s imbued with a broad streak of fun, and has made it a little better, with improved quality inside and more customer choice in terms of personalisation.
It’s a car that looks as if it has changed more than it actually has, but perhaps that’s no bad thing. The underpinnings were sound already. If you’re looking for a n entertaining car that won’t cost the earth, the Twingo deserves serious consideration. Efficiency hasn’t replaced fun just yet.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Renault Twingo (pictured)
PRICES: £15,000 [est]
INSURANCE GROUPS: 21
CO2 EMISSIONS:155g/km [est]
PERFORMANCE: 0-62 8.7s / top speed 125mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 42.0mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS with EBA & EBD, twin front and side airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 36000/1654/1470.