New Renault Twingo starts at £9495

  •  Renault's new city car
  •  Available to order now
  •  First cars delivered in September

The new Renault Twingo will cost from £9495, and is set to hit UK dealerships from late September this year. Here are the full details.

What is it?

This is the third generation of Renault Twingo, but the new car represents quite a big change over the previous generation. It retains small, city-oriented dimensions, but this latest version is rear-wheel drive and rear-engined.

It comes with five doors as standard, rather than the three of its predecessor, and claims a best-in-class turning circle of 8.59m. It has practical touches, such as a standard-fit folding front passenger seat, split-folding rear seats, lots of cubby holes and storage spots in the cabin and storage nets.

How good are its rivals?

The current class-leader in the city car class is the Hyundai i10, which is the 2014 What Car? City Car of the Year. It wins praise for its quiet and practical nature, and the fact that is well priced, with the range starting at £8595 and our favourite version costing £10,810.

The i10 doesn't quite match the Volkswagen Up for interior quality and entertainment, though, and the Up is not far behind the i10 at the top of the class. It feels like a much more grown-up car than its small dimensions suggest.

The Twingo will also be closely related to the forthcoming Smart Forfour, with which it shares a basic architecture.

What engines can I choose from?

The Twingo comes with a choice of a 1.0-litre 69bhp petrol or a 0.9-litre 89bhp petrol engine. Both are three-cylinder units and are available with fuel-saving stop-start technology.

When this tech is fitted, it brings the 1.0-litre's emissions down to 95g/km (it emits 105g/km without it) while the 0.9-litre emits 99g/km.

The turbocharged 0.9-litre version is the quicker of the two, with 0-62mph taking 10.8 seconds. The 1.0-litre takes 14.5 seconds.

How much equipment does it come with?

There are three versions of the Twingo to choose from: Expression, Play and Dynamique. All trims come with body-coloured bumpers and door handles, a rear spoiler, LED daytime runnings lights, electric front windows, remote central locking and a split folding rear seat.

Play trim adds air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, and two-tone 15-inch wheel trims.

Top-of-the-range Dynamique gets different 15-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, electric heated door mirrors, leather interior details and increased storage.

Buyers will also be able to add a selection of personalistation details, including an interior style pack with a choice of colours, a Sport pack, which brings larger alloy wheels and leather and black part-leather upholstery, and a Seats Pack, which adds heated seats and Isofix points on the passenger seat.

How much will it cost?

The range starts at £9495 for the 1.0-litre Expression. Play trim starts at £9995, while Dynamique trim is £10,995 with the entry-level engine. The 0.9-litre petrol is available only with Dynamique trim and costs from £11,695.

Can I get a discount?

What Car? Target Prices were generous on the outgoing Twingo, at around £1400. While the new car is unlikely to launch with such a decent discount, we expect good savings to become available, starting at around 5%.

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