Way back in 1992 Renault proved that small could sell in big numbers. Offered with only one engine and in one trim level, the original Twingo revolutionised the city car class.
Unsurprisingly, it was a hard act to follow, with the 2007 second-generation Twingo never hitting the sales heights of the Mk1. This forced Renault to design a better-packaged, more original replacement. On paper, a rear-engined platform was the ideal way to recapture the quirky nature of the original car, but it proved to be a prohibitively expensive design. Thankfully Daimler, which needed something similar for its new Smart Fourfor, took the decision to develop a shared platform with Renault, securing a future for the Twingo in the process.
With it, the third-generation Twingo benefits from excellent packaging, an impressive turning circle (only beaten by the Toyota iQ) and compact dimensions.
Read on over the next few pages to see if these attributes have helped the Twingo return to the top step of the city car podium.