Cost & verdict

Renault Twizy review

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Renault Twizy
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26 Aug 2016 11:41 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:39

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Twizy is much cheaper than ‘proper’ electric cars, such as the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf. The asking price is particularly tempting, although you do need to factor in an extra monthly fee to lease the battery pack from Renault – there’s no option to buy it outright.

Running costs will also be tiny, because you won’t pay a penny in road tax and the impact on your electricity bills will be far smaller than what you'd pay to fuel a conventional petrol or diesel car. Insurance costs aren’t as cheap as you might imagine though, no doubt in part due to the Twizy’s woeful two-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Standard equipment is very basic. Forget air conditioning – you don’t even get doors. However, you do get a driver’s airbag and, if you go for range-topping Dynamique trim, alloy wheels. There are plenty of funky colour combinations to choose from and Renault will even wrap your Twizy in a Union Jack or leopard print if you fork out a sizeable fee.

Options include scissor doors, a basic Bluetooth system, an anti-lift alarm and a clear roof, while plastic windows are available as a dealer-fit accessory.

Annoyingly, you can only plug the Twizy in using a three-pin domestic plug, which means you can’t charge it at many electric car charging stations. However, Symphony EV sells a clever adapter to get round this problem.

 

Verdict

Electric quadricycle is great fun, but the ride is bumpy and safety poor

  • Brilliant manoeuverability
  • Tiny footprint
  • Low running costs
  • Dreadful ride quality
  • Poor crash test score
  • Not much fun in bad weather
There are 2 trims available for the Twizy city-car. Click to see details.See all versions
Expression
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Fuel Electric
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£6,995
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Dynamique
The more generously equipped of two basic trim levels features alloys and metallic paint. You still have to pay extra for doors, Bluetooth or an alarm, though...View trim
Fuel Electric
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£7,795
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