Renault Twingo (2014–2019)
- February 2014: 2014 Twingo revealed
- February 2015: Twingo Dynamique S TCe 90 announced at £12,545
- February 2015
- November 2015: Renault Twingo TCe90 EDC went on sale
- November 2015: Twingo Iconic launched
- May 2016
- June 2016: Twingo GT announced
- August 2016: Renault Twingo Colour Run went on sale at £10,495
- September 2017: Twingo Iconic Special Edition launched
- February 2018: Renault reduces warranty from four years to three years
- January 2019
2014 Twingo revealed
Positioning the engine at the rear is a significant plus for a small city car since it frees up the front end and considerably improves the turning circle. Indeed, New Twingo is surprisingly manoeuvrable in built-up areas and parking calls for only a few turns of the steering wheel.
Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space, while New Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up.
Like its forebear, the 2014 Twingo comes in a choice of four vibrant ‘pop’ colours (light blue, white, yellow and red). Other cues are heavily inspired by the Renault 5, including the rake of New Twingo’s rear screen and its prominent shoulders which are redolent of the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo that proved so popular with the public in its day.
The front end features the brand’s new trademark styling, including a prominent Renault logo set to a black background. New Twingo’s expressive gaze is reinforced by its big head lights, which are topped by the direction indicators, as well as by its LED daytime running lights which combine a hi-tech feel with an echo of the model’s predecessors. New Twingo’s lines give it a cheery yet robust air, while the small car’s sprightly personality is further underpinned by its readily recognisable lighting signature.
The originality of the 2014 Twingo’s wide glass hatch makes an important contribution to the modernity its rear-end styling, while the rear lights are a natural prolongation of the tailgate.
Meanwhile, the car’s five-door body makes it even more versatile than ever and the car has plenty of scope for personalisation thanks to the range of body colours and customisable exterior trim features like the door mirrors, side protective mouldings and decals. The four body colours and customisation options mean that New Twingo can take on a host of stances, from urban to sporty, feminine and masculine.
The flat floor, 50/50-split folding rear seat (which houses additional stowage opportunities) and forward-tipping front passenger seat back ensure a highly modular interior which adapts easily to the user’s needs of the moment.
With the engine tucked underneath it, the boot (219 litres) is particularly practical thanks to its rectangular floor and the fact that the wheel arches do not intrude on the available space. The flat sill is at the ideal height for loading, while the 50/50-split rear seat bench folds easily to reveal a flat boot floor of 1.35 m in length. The front passenger seat back also folds forward to enable New Twingo to carry loads of up to 2.20 metres in length. That’s 22cm longer than the outgoing Twingo and quite a feat for a car that is only 3.59 metres long!
The Twingo is available with two of Renault’s latest-generation engines - the SCe 70 with 70PS and 91Nm and powered by a normally-aspirated 999cc petrol engine. There is also the Energy TCe 90 - a 898cc turbocharged petrol with 90PS and peak torque of 135Nm
Twingo Dynamique S TCe 90 announced at £12,545
Features previously optional ‘Sport Pack' of exterior styling and interior trim embellishments as standard, and 90hp 0.9-litre TCe turbocharged petrol engine. Standard kit includes aluminium pedal set, red/black part leather upholstery, red interior 'touch' pack, 16-inch sport diamond-cut alloy wheels, matt black side decals and an exterior 'touch' pack in red, with white as a no-cost option.
The red interior 'touch' pack adds stylish finishing touches to the steering wheel, centre console and air vents, while the exterior 'touch' pack does the same for the front grille insert, door mirrors and side door protectors.
Twingo Dynamique S features also include LED daytime running lights, front foglamps, electric heated door mirrors, cruise control, lane departure warning system, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob, air conditioning and white instrument backlighting.
0.9-litre TCe turbocharged engine develops 90 hp at 5,500 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. Gives 0-60 mph acceleration in 10.5 seconds, top speed of 103 mph, ECDC 65.7 mpg (more than 50 mpg in urban city use) with CO 2 emissions of 99 g/km to put it in VED Band A for free annual VED.
It costs £12,545 on the road and comes with the peace of mind of Renault's 4+ warranty and assistance package. This protects against defects recognised by Renault for four years or 100,000 miles (first two years unlimited). In the event of a breakdown, Renault provides emergency roadside repairs or towing to the nearest dealer 24/7 every day of the year, plus three years' European cover. There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years' cover against corrosion. All-inclusive servicing packages are also available for up to four years.
‘City Car of the Year’ in UK Car of the Year Awards.
Renault Twingo TCe90 EDC went on sale
Has Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission, priced from £12,595, with first deliveries in January 2015. This is £900 more then the manual.
EDC is an automatic dual dry clutch transmission dispensing with the need for a clutch pedal. Gearshift control is of the 'P-R-N-D' type, plus an 'up/down' shift mode. The ideal gear is selected by an electronic control unit and gearshifts are both automatic and comfortable. The EDC transmission offers an ultrafast shift time of 290ms. ‘Creep’ control also helps the driver in crawling traffic, pulling away gradually when the brake pedal is released. And the EDC transmission offers Hill Start Assist as standard, ensuring safe hill starts when partnered with the ‘creep’ control system.
Twingo Iconic launched
Twingo Iconic is based on the Dynamique and includes cruise control, speed limiter, DAB radio, Bluetooth, R&GO smartphone-based navigation, electric front windows and electric heated mirrors and front fog lights. Ultraviolet Iconic side decals and 16-inch Ultraviolet Emblem alloy wheels complement the range of four colours available – including two new and unique metallic paints: Ultraviolet and Lunar Grey. Black alloy wheels are available as a no cost option. Extra tinted rear windows and gloss black door mirrors complete the exterior enhancements.
On the interior there is black part-leather upholstery with white and ultraviolet piping, ‘Renault’ door sill plates, floor mats with an ultraviolet Twingo motif and a matt ultraviolet touch pack that applies colourful hints around the cabin. The latter can be substituted with gloss black as a no cost option. Twingo Iconic gains the comfort and convenience of climate control as well as automatic lights and wipers.
Twingo Iconic Special Edition is available to order with Twingo’s two engine choices – the SCe 70 and the TCe90, the turbocharged TCe90 being available with both manual and the all-new EDC dual-clutch automatic transmissions. The Twingo’s engine range offers CO 2 emissions as low as 95g/km and returns up to 67.3mpg on the official combined cycle (NEDC).
NEDC figures for Twingo 1.0 revised: Original figures were: 50.4 (urban), 72.4 (extra-urban) 62.8 (combined) with 105g CO2 and now for the 2016 model they are published as 44.8 (urban), 67.3 (extra-urban) 56.5 (combined) with 112g CO2.
Twingo GT announced
with 110HP 898cc 3-cylinder turbo engine and 6-speed transmission. 110HP, 170Nm torque, revised suspension, specific ESP calibration and variable-rate steering. Renault says: "the result is sharp handling and responsive steering feedback for precise cornering and outstanding road holding." 17-inch wheels with 185/45 R17 78H front tyres and 205/40 R17 80H rear tyres, lateral turbo air intake, twin exhaust tail pipe, new orange body colour or Lunar Grey, Diamond Black or Crystal White, along with orange trim details in the cabin, Renault Sport-badged doorsills, aluminium pedals and an alloy gear lever knob. Twingo GT in UK from Winter 2016.
Renault Twingo Colour Run went on sale at £10,495
Combines 1.2 75PS engine with folding fabric full-length sunroof, making it the UK's cheapest convertible, plus 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. No tough screen but instead you can download an app for your phone that displays sat-nav, internet radio and a rev counter. 'Colour Run' refers to the the UK ‘Color Run’ summer event where entrants are pelted with coloured powder as they run.
Twingo Iconic Special Edition launched
Available in a unique Mint Green paint finish, in addition to Diamond Black or Crystal White, the Twingo Iconic is based on the Dynamique.
It is set apart from the rest of the range with exclusive Iconic crosshatch-patterned part-leather upholstery, floor mats with a Mint Green Twingo motif and a Mint Green touch pack applies colourful hints around the cabin.
Oustide, the Iconic gains a fabric folding sunroof in the same pattern as the interior, exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels, crosshatched Iconic side decals and electrically folding door mirrors. The Twingo Iconic Special Edition is available with the TCe 90 turbocharged petrol engine with either manual or EDC (efficient dual-clutch) automatic transmissions.
Renault reduces warranty from four years to three years
Renault models ordered and registered from 1 February 2018 are covered by a warranty package for up to three years from date of first registration. The first two years unlimited mileage, followed by a further one year limited to a total mileage of 60,000 (100,000 miles for Koleos, Zoe and LCV vehicles).
Models registered up to and including 31 January 2018 are still covered by a four-year warranty package. The first two years unlimited mileage and the third and fourth years are limited to 100,000 miles.
Poor UK sales led to cessation of official RHD imports of Renault Twingo.