AT12MARThe Renault Twingo is about to hit UK streets sporting a distinctive new face. Style is pretty important in this sector, so the big headlamps and glossy grille, plus the new colour and trim options, certainly offer some extra presence in the car park.

With prices from £7,795 it remains one of the cheapest city cars you can buy and represents fun, affordable motoring. The Twingo feels most at home in town, thanks to it being a doddle to drive, dashing through traffic and slotting into tight spots.

Its zingy 75bhp, 1.2-litre petrol engine isn’t the quietest – that accolade goes to the VW up! – but its raucous character seems to summon an extra few horsepower each time you press the throttle.


The TCe model adds a turbocharger to the petrol engine and ups power to 100bhp – an impressive amount of go in such a light car – and giving it the legs to head further out of the city.

But the best bit is inside – well, the packaging at least. Rather than wedge a bench seat into the back, Renault has offered two proper chairs. They’re mega comfy and because they slide individually it means normal sized adults can fit back here in comfort.

Those seats even fold and tumble to create a decent loading hole, perfect if you’re heading out for a particularly heavy shopping binge or if you’re a student ready to return to campus.

12-plate wish list

Feb 01: Hyundai i40 Tourer
Feb 02: Audi A4
Feb 03: Ford Focus
Feb 06: Citroen DS4
Feb 07: Volkswagen up!
Feb 08: Vauxhall Astra GTC
Feb 09: Audi A1 Sportback
Feb 10: Renault Scenic
Feb 13: Subaru XV
Feb 14: Renault Twingo (video)
Feb 15: MINI Coupe
Feb 16: Nissan LEAF
Feb 17: MINI Coupe (video)
Feb 20: Hyundai i30
Feb 21: Chevrolet Camaro
Feb 22: Porsche 911 (video)
Feb 23: Kia Picanto
Feb 24: BMW 1-Series
Feb 27: Honda Civic
Feb 28: Hyundai Veloster