Our cars: Renault Twizy - November

Article 12 of 15 See all
Renault Twizy
Renault Twizy
Renault Twizy

Week ending November 23
Mileage 982
Driven this week: 14 miles

Renault Twizy review

The Twizy makes city parking an absolute breeze, because it's small enough to squeeze into the tightest spaces.

The trouble is, people who park in cities usually need parking permits, and the Twizy doesn't have anywhere secure to display one.

That's certainly an oversight from Renault, but this week I discovered a way around the problem. I bought a lockable permit sleeve from American-based website Loginparking.com, which can be secured to the Twizy's steering wheel or door hinge.

The $20 device isn't particularly heavy-duty, but it's secure enough to discourage a practical joker from whipping away your ticket, leaving you at risk of being clamped.

By Will Nightingale

Week ending November 16
Mileage 968
Driven this week: 68 miles

While driving the Twizy this week, I have been pointed at by small children, laughed at by teenagers, and smirked at by office workers having a cigarette break.

The lack of windows means sitting in a traffic jam behind a bus is a choking experience and after 90 minutes in the car I have a numb bum.


Week ending November 9
Mileage 900
Driven this week: 40 miles

We were always keen to see whether life with a Renault Twizy was going to be trickier in the winter. Now we're finally getting the chance to find out.

I'm a big fan of putting the Twizy to good use on short trips around the What Car? HQ, and it doesn't seem to be falling victim to the cold weather battery range problems we had with our Nissan Leaf. Even with the thermometer showing one degree it's still giving us the full-house range – around 50 miles between charge-ups.

I don't have an issue with the lack of windows and a heater, either, because I'm quite used to riding my pushbike in these conditions – all it needs is a coat and a hat, and maybe my thin cycling gloves. Nevertheless, I know that some of my colleagues are eagerly awaiting the new optional 'windows' which we're hoping to get fitted soon.

By Chas Hallett

Week ending November 2
Mileage 862
Driven this week: 51 miles

No doubt about it, the Twizy attracts attention.

Wherever I went, people gathered round to chat about it; whenever I came to a stop, people would wind down their windows to ask about it. My daughters thought it looked awesome, and so did most of the other people who expressed an opinion.

Most of those who admired it didn't have to travel in it, however.

The Twizy is initially silent, but surprisingly heavy to manoeuvre at parking speeds. With a bit of speed up (or what passes for speed in the Twizy) things improve, and even I admit there is a certain thrill to be had from near-silent electric motoring, particularly when combined with the rush of air from those partially open sides.

My concerns increased, however, when I realised I might have to bring the thing to a stop. The brake pedal is unresponsive, and it takes a worryingly long time for anything to happen.

Before then - long before then - I had encountered my first bump. The Twizy has firm suspension. No, the Twizy seems to have little or no suspension. Hit anything larger than a crisp packet and you're likely to be jolted from your seat.

Be thankful for the Twizy's limited range; even the most extrovert of attention-seekers wouldn't want to go much farther.


Our cars: Renault Twizy - October


Free car valuations