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I have to go for small cars as I'm not the best at parking. So when i found my 2008 burnt orange Twingo GT at a local garage in 2011 I was so excited! It has a little spoiler which gives that extra bit of character, it has only a 1.1 engine but fitted with a turbo that gives it a certain oomph when you put your foot down. My car came with extras such as air con, alloys, sports seats, blacked out windows, the previously mentioned spoiler and parking sensors to name but a few. It really is a fantastic car for the price and when I come to replace mine in just under 2 years time, i will certainly be heading for the same car again but a newer model. The only bad point to the car is that the boot is so small, but what do you expect from such a compact car? It still has a bigger boot than a mini for example, so you really can't go wrong. My 23 year old rugby playing boyfriend also drives this car, so you cant even call it girly!
My silver renault twingo 1.2 freeway has certainly grown on me since i swapped my citroen c2 for it last year. My previous c2 was the best car I had ever owned, having a very nippy 1.4 hdi engine meant it was quick off the mark and great to drive. My first impressions of the twingo were that it was really slow, this mainly because i was going from a turbo diesel 1.4 to a petrol 1.2 eco friendly.
Whilst being reasonably smart inside there is nothing flash about this car's interior. All plastic grey finish with a very different dashboard to your standard car. The speedometer is located above the cd/radio on the central panel, and being the basic model above the steering wheel there is no rev counter - just a handy storage space which is useful for keys/mobile phone etc. Legally there is only space in the back for 2 passengers although there would be enough space hypothetically for a third. Leg room is more than ample for me being 5ft10 in height in both the front and rear seats. Boot space is surprisingly large for such a small car, you could easily fit your weekly shop in here!
I find it to be a very smooth , easy , comfortable drive ; However getting up to the reported top speed of 96mph can be a bit of a struggle. Going from 50 to 70mph is a drawn out process if I'm honest , although if I had wanted a fast car I certainly wouldn't have opted for this basic model!!
At the current price for petrol of around £1.35 per litre I get around 70 miles for £10 which I don't think is too bad in the current economic climate, and tax is £100 for 12 months, again very reasonable for a petrol car but not quite the cheapest on the market.
Overall I would say I'm pretty content with my little Twingo , it's a good , economical small car, cheap to run, straightforward to drive and been ever reliable so far!!
I have owned and driven my twingo almost daily for five years. I have never had one technical problem with it (othen than when I put diesel in instead of petrol!! but that wasnt the cars fault). I would describe the twingo as somewhere between a family car and a city car, to say its really rather small it can seat five with enough room in the back for luggage or shopping. The dashboard display and features and great, and the front seats make for a comfortable long journey, though I can't say the same for in the back.
The twingo is able to adjust the back seats to give either more leg room or more boot space, this is a great feature but often a comprimise has to be made! We have a 1.6 so its got some power and is a lot of fun, no complains at all really!
If you are in the market for a new car and you are consideriing buying a small car that is fun to drive and is cheap to run then you may just want to add one more option to your list. The Renault Twingo you will be pleased to hear looks nothing like the one in the picture and is actually a sporty little number. I was brought mine as it was in my price range. Cars like the Corsa were just a bit too expenisive but I didnt want to comprimise on style and so the Twingo was perfect for me.
There are different ranges such as the dynamique or the classy sport 133 however I opted for the Freeway which is a 1.2 which is great on fuel.
First of all the car looks good because at the front it looks like a sports car. On some of the models you get a spoiler but on mine you dont. That said it still manages to maintain a certain panache about the exterior.
Although the interior is basic it is spacious and all models come with the means to play your mp3 player. There is plenty of room for passengers but be aware this is only a 4 seater car so if you have a large familiy this may not be right for you.
The car drives really well and it is excellent around the city. To say it struggles on the motorway would not be fair. My observation is it just takes a few seconds longer to get upron speed as your coming from a slip road or if you get stuck behind a lorry on the inside lane.
The advantages in terms of fuel consumption are great. I took a trip down to Watford recently from my house in Birmingham. Now it was bank holiday Sunday and there was nothing much on the road and I didnt get held up. However I put £25s worth or petrol with nothing in the tank at all. It got me there and nearly back. I got to Northampton on the M1 on the Monday. Now that is good going I would suggest.
For servicing costs your are looking at £150 a time with a 3 year warranty. I had 2 years free breakdown cover with my car too.
Not only is the car economical to drive but what I like about it is its funky and a bit different. Everyone seems to have an Astra a Focus or a Corsa. This car is a bit more unique so if you are looking to have a good car with low running costs at a cheaper rate I paid around £6500 for mine then look no further.
Bought this car 4 weeks ago, brand new and shiny bright! It is a Dynamique 1.2 eco engine to peplace a 3 year old peugeot 107. I only need a little economical car for a round trip of 20 miles each working day. So far I like this car very much.
The car feels solid and safe, more than my last one. It has 5 star safety rating too which also gives me a bit more peace of mind. There is sufficient room in the boot for a good family weeks worth of shopping and the back seats can be folded from the boot end and also slid forward independently for even more room.
I have had 4 adults in it and there is surprisingly good leg room at the rear, although as usual with a 3 door car getting in and out is an art form!!
The petrol tank holds £40 worth of fuel (at £1.14p per litre) and so far I have done 400 miles on a full tank....in my humble experience this will improve with time slightly, I guess that the engine frees itself up a bit??
I like the visiblility good allround views and the wipers are especially efficient, again compared to the last car!! They are not rain sensitive but I dont mind that, there is a good controllable intermittent wipe.
The air conditioning is OK, I think it could be a bit more effective, but it is adequate.
I do like my little car, it is sweet and handles quite well for a small car. The added bonus is ABS brakes, love those!!
All in all good value for money and a quality cheap small car!!
I bought my new Renault Twingo 1.2 GT TCE in July 2008 and have never looked back. Without doubt, one of the best purchases I have ever made. Ever since my first tentative testdrive, every journey has left me with a smile on my face, as the little engine helped on by the turbo delivers more thrills and spills than a 0-60 time of 9.8 secs might suggest! Indeed, off the line, the car will embarrass some large saloons that many would consider more powerful!
The car is an ideal buy for the young, trendy driver with a high insurance premium. The performance is exciting enough to keep all but the most enthusiastic drivers entertained, the interior is well-designed, versatile and roomy, if not a little sparse, and the looks endearing.
As I've only had the car for around 18 months, I cannot really comment on reliability, although I did have one small issue with the battery connectors, which required an AA callout to repair, but other than that I have had no issues.
This particular model's biggest problem is the recent release Twingo RenaultSport 133, which I have yet to drive but imagine to be even more thrilling. For just a couple of thousand pounds extra, this model may present an even better value for money package.
However, the GT is still a delight to drive, and an ideal first car, one that I would highly recommend!
I have had a brand new twingo GT 1.2 ICE for 6 months now and i thought it about time to write a review.
The car its self is a cool looking sporty mini me of the clio. The fronts nice to look at and rather sporty but unfortunatly thats where the S word ends....
The seats inside are comfy and roomy but dont have any special "GT" feel to them, the stering wheel is leather and so is the gear knob which is a nice little touch on this sort of car and theres plenty of space in the back too thanks to the fully movable chairs (that can be put flat to make a mini van like 2 seater...Right more about the interior:- Renault being Renualt must have gone right out there way to make the interior...I mean look there must be at least 5 different types of plastic! which gives it a cheap tinny feel. The driving position is good, and the car drives nice but with it being a 1.2 turbo it feels breathless around 4000rpm and does not really have any power to back it up. Also with it being a turbo it drinks fuel like no other 1.2 ive ever known.
Problems ive had:-
Alloy wheels peeling (yep on a BRAND NEW CAR WITHOUT IT BEING CURBED!)
Major elecrical fault on the ECU. This led to me being stranded in the middle of a 4 lane round about.
Leaking Glass Roof.
Fuel Injector blockage
Airbag warning light intermitently coming on.
So i guess ive had a bad experiance :-(
All i can really say about this car is its a cheap little turbo but expect problems.
Its fun to drive but not so fun to be in for any long period of time (a 400mile drive nearly killed me)
on the upside, it looks nice from the outside, cheap to insure and cheap to buy!
Ive bought a brand new C4 now so i shall tell you how that is coming along soon!
Worst car I have ever owned and the worst service from any manufacturer I have ever received. Bought a brand new Twingo Diamonique in March 2008 (New style). Three months later a fault occured. All the warning lights came on, steering was very heavy (to the point where I almost crashed in to the middle of a roundabout because it was so heavy when the fault occured while I was half way round the roundabout) then very light and the speedo disappeared. To date I have had the same fault fixed 3 times by Renault and have now rejected the car as it is unfit for purpose as it has gone wrong the 4th time in less than 11 months (every time with the same fault). I am now battling with renault to get my money back and have had to contact a solicitor in order to do so as renault are doing everything they can do avoid giving me a refund even though I am within my legal rights. I will never buy a renault again not just because of the car but largly because of the service I have received.
I have owned a Twingo for nearly 4 years now, and feel well qualified to comment upon its performance and reliability, as well as servicing costs and running costs.
What initially attracted me to this car was its looks. Mine is a baby blue. It is sleek, modern and an extremely attractive vehicle, and the only comparison really in my price range was the Clio which I dismissed on the grounds that it was more like a small car pretending to be big than the Twingo, with its plush upholstery and its actual feel that I found claustrophobic.
Getting into the Twingo, you get an immediate feeling of space, because of the very large glazed area of the car, which also gives amazing visibility, and here again, the visibility is better than the Clio, because the Clio's back window is higher and more restrictive.
The servicing of the vehicle works out cheaper than the Clio as well, and I have followed the manufacturers instructions here to a tee, and find that the services that are recommended by Renault are not excessive, and that it amazes me just how many kilometers you can drive between services.
The interior design of the vehicle is such that everything that needs to be in easy reach of the driver is, i.e. electric mirror adjustments, making the headlights higher when you are fully loaded, buttons for both passenger side and drivers side electric mirrors, and also the functions like signalling, etc., seem to have been designed with the woman driver in mind.
This car is super economical and I can get down to Toulouse from where I live in Brittany on a tank and a half of petrol, making it even more tempting to those drivers that look for comfort but at the same time, economy.
I like the way that the twingo is so versatile. For example, if you are carrying passengers but have little in the way of luggage, then the back seat can be pushed back to give your passengers more leg room, or if you want to use the car as an estate, the back seats fold flat to give you ample room for rather a lot of shopping.
The engine in the Twingo is not an overly powerful one at 1200 c.c. but the only time that you notice any lack of speed is really on uphill driving, though the gearchanging is simple and feels comfortable, and changing down in situations like this give it the acceleration that it needs.
Although my Twingo comes with air bags, I cannot vouch for the safety of these, since I have never had the misfortune of having had to use them, although I like the idea that they are there.
This is one neat car, and in town consumption is higher than on long runs, though still staggeringly high when you compare it to other unleaded small cars, as I have done both with the Clio and the new Mini, which both consume more petrol.
I believe of all the cars that Renault have produced, this is the best it gets for a lady driver. It's a classy vehicle with a well thought out and versatile interior, plenty of room in the boot, and certainly very comfortable, with adjustment in both driver and passenger seats being such that a good lumber support can be achieved easily. Ideal from many points of view as a feminine car, and the biggest plus for me is actually not needing to look under the bonnet often, as if serviced as detailed in the instruction booklet that comes with it, it is neither thirsty on oil, water, or brake fluid between services.
Snags ? None that I know of or that actually make me believe that there is a better alternative. Pricewise : New from around Seven Thousand Pounds, although mine was cheaper as it was a year old.
Value : First rate.