The Renault Twizy is fun to drive in town, and gets lots of attention from passers by. It’s very affordable to buy, especially for an electric vehicle.
The cabin is completely open to the elements, and there’s a distinct shortage of storage space, equipment and security measures. The limited range and top speed mean you can’t really venture out of the city.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Twizy is powered by an electric motor, which produces 17bhp. That may not sound like much, but because the Twizy only weighs 474kg, performance is surprisingly nippy around town. However, because the Twizy is designed specifically for town use, top speed is limited to around 50mph.
Ride & Handling
You’d expect a car like this to perform well in the city, but the Twizy’s ride is too firm. It exaggerates uneven road surfaces and bumps, and although body lean is well controlled, the tyres don’t grip as strongly as you’d like. The tight turning circle is impressive, but because there’s no power steering, parking can take some muscle.
Even with doors ticked on the options list, the Twizy has no side windows. As a result, rear passengers will bear the brunt of the elements, especially wind turbulence and rain. However, the driver will be better protected, being tucked in behind the windscreen. The electric motor whines under acceleration, which is loud but not irritating, and narrow tyres mean there isn’t too much road noise.