New Renault Twingo launches in FebruaryBy Chris Walsh
January 26, 2012
Renault has confirmed UK pricing and specification for its funky new Twingo, which launches this Feburary. And at just £7,795 for the cheeky 1.2-litre Pzaz, the new Twingo range is bound to raise the odd eyebrow or two. But if your eyebrows have failed to rise over the price, then the news that all Twingo’s sold come with Renault 4+ programme - a package that offers customers all sorts of warranty and servicing options - should help.
Like the first-generation Twingo, the newcomer features an expressive and appealing front end and its fog lights and round sidelights, which are now positioned next to the grille, underline its new distinctive looks. The new Twingo also comes with a range of new colours to add to the seven existing body colours, bringing a touch of fun to this little city run-around.
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The styling continues with the new rear lights located on the tailgate. They enhance the 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 suddenly become softer. The new Twingo also follows the likes of the MINI by introducing five roof decals to individualize your car. Customers can also choose different colours for the door mirrors and tips of the protective side mouldings, with colours that complement the main body colour.
Inside, the Twingo’s character is enhanced through the harmony of colour and material. The ‘Luxe Carbon’ seats feature new patterns, with edging picked out in stylish red stitching. The Twingo also comes with cruise control and a speed limiter as standard, which is unique in its class.
In the UK, the 1.2-litre engine, which manages to achieve a decent 55.4mpg combined, powers the new Twingo and CO2 emissions of 119g/km allow you to run the Twingo free from the cost of any car tax for the first year (£30 from year two).
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 afore mentioned decals.
Since its launch, the Twingo has enjoyed a decent level of reliability and a high level of customer satisfaction, as confirmed by a long list of studies and surveys. Germany's ADAC, for example, considers Twingo’s reliability to have ranged from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ for several years. Meanwhile, the French magazine L’Automobile Magazine put it first in its class for the second consecutive year in its overall quality ranking published in February 2011.