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Renault announces new Twingo prices

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The Renault Twingo is a city car which has been on sale for several decades. While the first Twingo was a quirky machine sold only in mainland Europe, the second-generation model made its way over to the UK but lost its predecessor’s unique style. 

The latest Twingo however, seems to have regained its mojo in a radical return to form. Though the previous models had front-mounted engines, this new car turns that setup on its head with the engine shifted to the rear, underneath the boot floor and now powering the rear wheels. 

The Twingo is also 10cm shorter than before, though it now has five doors. Despite the drop in length, the distance between the wheels has grown by 12cm and there is 22cm more room inside. With a turning circle of just 8.6m, the Twingo should be very manoeuvrable around town too. 

Three trim levels are available: Expression, Play and Dynamique and buyers can choose from two three-cylinder engines – a 1.0-litre 69bhp unit and a turbocharged 0.9-litre 89bhp motor. As with rivals from Mini, Fiat and Vauxhall many personalisation options will be available, letting buyers tailor their car to their own tastes.

The entry-level 1.0-litre unit returns 62.8mpg, increasing to 67.3mpg on the Dynamique model which has a stop/start system.  In comparison the 0.9-litre model returns 65.7mpg and accelerates to 62mph in a brisk 10.8 seconds. The less powerful motor requires 14.5 seconds for the same sprint. The 0.9-litre and 1.0-litre start/stop equipped models are eligible for free car tax due to their CO2 emissions of under 100g/km, while the entry-level models will cost £20 per year.

All new Twingos have a smartphone-operated multimedia system, with a universal cradle and free app giving owners access to navigation, phone, multimedia and trip computer functions, along with digital radio and internet radio access. 

Also standard are body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors along with a rear spoiler and LED daytime running lights. Electric power steering, electric front windows, remote central locking and a speed limiter are all included too, as is a height adjustable steering wheel and a trip computer. Despite its small size, the Twingo receives a long list of safety kit including stability control, hill start assist, which holds the brakes while you make a hill start, four airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Play trim adds air conditioning, a height adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel and 15-inch two-tone black wheel trims. Top of the range Dynamique models get 15-inch alloy wheels, front foglamps, electric heated door mirrors, cruise control, a lane departure warning system and storage pockets in the rear doors. 

Boot space stands at 219 litres and extends to 980 litres if you flip the rear seats down. The car also offers lots of useful storage space in the cabin with a compartment underneath the centre console, beneath the front seats and in the large glovebox. The front passenger seat also flips forward.

Buyers will be able to personalise the Twingo to their heart’s content with a choice of colours for the interior upholstery, doors, cabin storage, instrument and air vent surrounds and steering wheel inserts. Options on the outside extend to alternative colours for the grille, side protection strips and door mirror shells, along with different alloy wheels and side decals. A panoramic fabric sunroof, heated front seats and a rear parking camera are all available too.

The new Twingo is available to order now with the first customer deliveries taking place from late September onwards. Prices start at £9,495 for the entry-level model while one of the most popular models is expected to be the SCe 70 Play, which costs £9,995. The more powerful turbocharged TCe 90 is available from launch only in top Dynamique specification, which will set you back £11,695. The Twingo is being sold with a four year warranty.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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