1.0 SCE The Colour Run 5dr
- Vehicle Year, 2016
- Mileage, 34,424 miles
- Fuel Type, Petrol
- Transmission Type, Manual
Full price.£6,950Price per month. hp. £127
Price reductions on selected cars, from £250 - £1000 off
The Twingo is Renault's cute-but-cool city car, differentiating itself from its rivals by having its engine at the back, which adds sporty credentials to its fun-to-drive character. There are plenty of different trim levels on offer, starting with the entry-level Expression and moving all the way up to the top-spec GT that includes lots of great optional extras.
Based on a cash price of £12,550 with a £2,000 customer deposit, borrowing £10,550 at a representative APR of 11.4%. 48 monthly payments of £194.03. Fixed rate of interest per annum 5.93%. Optional final payment. Option-to-purchase fee £10. Amount of interest £5,005.00. Total amount payable £16,318.44. Annual mileage limit 8,000 miles. Excess mileage charge 4p per mile.
1.0 SCE The Colour Run 5dr
1.0 SCE Dynamique 5dr [Start Stop]
The Twingo isn’t your ordinary city car, because it features the same layout you’d find in the Porsche 911 sports car. By this we mean it is rear-engined and rear-wheel drive – the opposite of all its rivals, but somehow it works.
Renault built it like this in order to make it as compact as possible and to give it a very tight turning circle – it's beaten only by a London taxi... just.
Its main rivals are a bunch of other city cars on the market including the Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii, VW Up!, Citroen C1, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, and Toyota Aygo. It's a seriously long list of rivals, but none of them follow the quirky path the Twingo has taken.
All Twingo models are powered by a three-cylinder engine that lives under the boot floor, and there are a variety of trim levels on offer: Expression; Play; Dynamique; Dynamique S; and GT.
Inside, the Twingo doesn’t have a fancy touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, and that’s because Renault doesn’t believe its customers need one and so devised a clever alternative.
Instead, drivers simply clip their smartphone into the car’s onboard holder and download the Twingo app. This allows you to look at the vehicle’s stats, control the music, load maps and make calls.
Alternatively, some used models come with the upgraded Techno pack that comes with a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a reversing camera. iPhone users would probably prefer the clip system, however, because of its familiarity.
When it comes to engines, there are three available for the Renault Twingo, all of which are based on the same three-cylinder unit.
The smallest is a turbocharged 0.9-litre engine that produces 90hp, while the mid-range one is a 1.0-litre unit that puts out 70hp.
However, if you fancy something with a little more poke, then you may want to consider the rarer Twingo GT that produces 100hp and feels livelier thanks to some clever trickery behind the scenes to increase its acceleration.
All versions are only available with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, but the 90hp turbo variant is offered with a six-speed automatic.
Unlike most other cars, the Twingo does not have its engine in the front. It can be found under the boot floor, which means the vehicle can be more compact than its front-engined competitors.
Compared to its rivals, the Twingo is the quirkier option, which is no bad thing. It offers plenty of practicality, manoeuvrability, and efficiency.
All Twingo models are rear-wheel drive only, with a rear-engine layout.
There are so many city car options out there for first-time buyers, and the Twingo is a solid option that stands out from the crowd. It's affordable, is cheap to run and is safe – all the things you want from a first car.