The range-topping Wind uses a 131bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine that delivers lively performance when you rev it hard, but feels flat below 4500rpm. Those after a less frenzied driving experience are better served by the 99bhp 1.2-litre turbo model, which trades some outright pace for greater in-gear flexibility.
Renault Wind ride & handling
With the roof down, you can feel some vibration through the wheel but, generally, the Wind seems impressively rigid for a convertible. It grips and handles well enough, too, but isn’t as much fun as it should be due to numb steering. The ride is a bit knobbly at low speed, and the car can lurch over big bumps and potholes.
Renault Wind refinement
The 1.2-litre turbo engine gets wheezy when you push it, and the Wind lets in a lot of road noise over coarse surfaces. Unsurprisingly, wind noise is also an issue when the roof is folded away, but occupants are well protected from buffeting as long as the windows are up and the wind deflector is fitted.