Renault Twingo (2012–2014)
Outside, the front end of New Twingo has taken its inspiration specifically from this new design approach. On the bonnet, the Renault diamond is both bigger and significantly more upright. Like the first-generation Twingo, the newcomer features an expressive and appealing front end. Its dynamic, playful character is underlined by its fog lights and round sidelights which are now positioned next to the grille.
Warm, original new colours called Fuchsia and Bermuda Blue have been added to the existing range, and bring a touch of light-hearted fun that’s characteristic of city cars. Depending on market, New Twingo can be fitted with a electrically-operated fabric sunroof as an option.
At the rear, there are new lights in addition to the main cluster. Located on the tailgate, they enhance New Twingo's lines and echo the front end, bringing extra shape and punch to the car. With a rounder rear bumper and a more curved form for the lower part of the tailgate, the lines are softer. With its compact length of just 3.60 m, Twingo is a cinch to park and a delight to drive.
Twingo’s bubbly side is enhanced through the harmony of colour and material. All the upholstery options have their own personality. The seats feature new patterns, with edging picked out in contrasting colours. All stitching, as well as the leather or TEP panels, are coordinated. The colours also feature on the door inserts, climate and heater system controls. The lateral air vents come in different tones, depending on the market (Gloss Black, Majorelle Blue, Anis Green, Gunmetal).
Quality is now more apparent than ever in New Twingo’s interior finish, as exemplified by the dashboard, which has been enhanced through the use of more substantial and higher quality materials.
Twingo’s reputation has always been sealed through its versatility-featuring separate, independently sliding, 50/50-split rear seats. Its boot capacity can extend from 230 to 959 dm3, while the numerous cubbies and ingenious solutions available as options combine to make it the perfect partner both for shopping runs and for trips to the country.
All the audio systems in the New Twingo range will feature Bluetooth functionality and audiostreaming with USB connectivity as standard. As an option, the audio system can be used as a docking station for the iPhone and latest-generation iPod Touch. This audio system permits the use of GPS navigation thanks to a Renault-developed iPhone application.
New Twingo sees the introduction of a brand new collection of five roof decals in addition to the ten options that are already available. Each one is factory fitted and expresses a bold, attractive personality, with the contrasting motifs offering different visual atmospheres.
Customers can also choose different colours for the door mirrors and tips of the protective side mouldings, with colours contrasting with the main body colour. Whether ‘radical’ or ‘graphic’, the result will not only be entirely personal but also guaranteed to be elegant.
The featured powerplants i Twingo mean the car is more than capable of devouring long distances. The 1.2 TCe 100hp engine, which boasts peak torque of 155Nm available from low revs, delivers the driving enjoyment of a larger-capacity engine, but with lower fuel consumption. Twingo's flagship engines, like the 1.2 16V 75hp petrol engine (102g of CO2/km) or the dCi 75 and dCi 85 diesels (85g of CO2/km), have all benefited from ongoing improvements. New Twingo is one of the only city cars to be available with Euro5 diesel engines that combine performance and fuel efficiency.
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Costing £10,350 on-the-road in Dynamique 1.2 16V 75 guise. Boasting improved styling, with a cheekier front end and the new Renault design identity, plus revised bumper, tailgate and new rear lights, the French brand’s latest model is sure to continue the characterful city car’s enduring success.
The new Twingo is now available in warm, original new colours called Fuchsia and Bermuda Blue – to add to the seven existing body colours - which bring a touch of light-hearted fun that’s characteristic of city cars.
In the UK, New Twingo is powered by the 1.2 16V 75 engine, boasting 55.4 mpg in the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 119g/km resulting in nil road fund licence for the first year (£30 from year two).
On top of its high level of core equipment, Renault’s baby is available with a wide range of options. Among them are climate control, electric panoramic sunroof (with an electrically operated fabric version available from April), two Option Packs and long list of exterior customisation accessories such as Renaultsport rear spoiler, and a series of decals.
The audio system in New Twingo is also new and improved with Bluetooth functionality, together with audio streaming with USB connectivity as standard (from March). This makes it easy to play digital music and the audio system can also be used as a docking station for the latest-generation iPhone and iPod Touch.
An iPod-compatible radio is also available as an accessory for £235. This special audio system equally enables the use of GPS navigation through an app developed by Renault, which can also analyse the driver’s eco-performance in real time. By providing tips to keep fuel consumption down, the system helps save up to 10 per cent fuel in a practical way.