First drive: new 2014 Renault Twingo

The new 2014 Renault Twingo has been re-mastered with a very unique approach which is sure to send shockwaves through the city car ranks.

To begin with it succeeds in looking flashy where so many other city cars have failed on account of them generally attempting to be either ‘scaled down regular cars’ or ‘scaled up children’s toys’. But beneath that petite exterior, there are some interesting dynamics at work.

For starters, this rear wheel drive car has its engine located in the rear of the vehicle under the boot floor, which will allow for more interior space and a shorter bonnet while also allowing for a decent crush zone should an accident happen; along with the engine being designed to slide downwards rather than smash through the back and injuring passengers if this occurs. So it’s shorter than the older model Twingo, but its wheelbase has been extended by 12cm, making it pretty solid on the road.

Another bonus of having the engine located in the back is its exceptionally tight turning circle. Without an engine under the bonnet, the front wheels have more space to turn; meaning the 2014 Renault Twingo’s agility on the road is second to none. This allows Twingo drivers to pull quick little U-turns and back doubles that wouldn’t normally be feasible for similar cars. Always tremendously useful for inner city parking or general movie-esque escapes. In fact they should probably do that – a new 2014 Renault Twingo tie in with a new Bourne film or something, where they are able to out-manoeuvre the ‘bad guys’ through the 2014 Renault Twingo’s outstanding agility and small size. Food for thought Renault!

The layout of the new Renault Twingo is very reminiscent of the Smart Car and for good reason. A partnership between Renault and Daimler for the Twingo and the Smart Fortwo/Forfour led to engineers jointly developing these cars at Renault’s technical centre in Paris. This means that a great percentage of the parts are the same, such as the engine, the transmission, suspension, seat frames etc.

Engine-wise, the basic model (costing £9495) holds 70bhp and isn’t really designed for high speed pursuits or even hill climbing. However the slightly more expensive model (£11,695) comes complete with a turbo charged engine which brings it up to 90bhp and gives it a decent amount of torque to play with. While this still doesn’t bestow you with a massive amount of confidence when revving up to a McLaren, at the end of the day that’s not what the Twingo, or indeed any city car, is made for. The turbo engine, combined with its light weight makes it one of the best performing sub-mini’s on the market.

The new 2014 Renault Twingo is a genuinely different approach to design and engineering that has brought real dividends, not just in being different for its own sake. Most importantly, it’s much more fun than a base-model supermini for the same price.

If you’d like to get your hands on one of these super superminis then give us a call on 01903 255555 and get your quote today!

See full story on topgear.com

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  • 18th September 2014

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