For The Renault Twingo is a surprisingly mature small car, with space for four and plenty of scope for personalisation. The Renaultsport versions add extra zip.
Against The looks won’t be to all tastes, while the interior plastics appear and feel rather cheap. The base version misses out on stability control.
There's no denying the Renault Twingo is a good little city car, with decent interior space. However, our money would go on one of the excellent alternatives from the Volkswagen Group.
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The Renault Twingo comes in two very distinct flavours depending on which version you go for. The 1.2 Dynamique is your conventional city car - it has a modestly-powered 1.2-litre petrol engine, and although it rides quite nicely and is fairly easy to manoeuvre around town, it can’t match the dynamic abilities of the best city cars.
The Renaultsport version is a completely different beast. With a 1.6-litre petrol engine that gives 131bhp and thrives on lots of revs, the car has a frenetic, gung-ho feel. The handling contributes to that, too, because it’s crisp, controlled and beautifully balanced. So, the Renaultsport is one of the best junior hot hatches you can buy, and with the optional Cup pack, which brings stiffer, lower suspension, it gets even better.
The Renault Twingo Renaultsport is a great little hot hatch, but the Suzuki Swift Sport is even better.