Our cars: Renault Twizy - December
Week ending 14 December
Driven this week 11 miles
Renault Twizy review
It’s fair to suggest that the Twizy wasn’t designed for use in sub-zero temperatures, something we’re all getting used to in deepest, darkest winter.
The Twizy doesn’t have a heater, but it does have a heating element in the front windscreen. With instant power from the battery, I’d assumed it would take two minutes to clear for when I set off to lunch.
More than 10 minutes passed before the ice had thawed - most of which had dripped onto the dashboard and into the footwell. The lack of doors meant the windscreen had frozen over on both sides, but it took far longer to clear than I anticipated. The wiper removed condensation on the outside, however the absence of a heater left the inside soaking wet.
Next time I must remember my ice scraper - not just for the window, but the seat, too.
Week ending 7 December
Driven this week: 16 miles
My last experience with the Twizy was during our final days of summer weather, when the only accessories I needed on my person were sunglasses and a big, fat grin on my face. Fast-forward three months and, needless to say, the cold winter months have wiped the smile from my face.
Equipped with my gloves, scarf and four layers of clothing, I used the Twizy to visit a friend five miles from the office. Initially I was impressed at how well the cold wind was deflected around the driver, but towards the end of my 20-minute journey I was longing for a heater. Those retro-fit doors can’t come soon enough.