Renault Twingo Reviews from Croatia

2005 Renault Twingo Expression 1.2 8v

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.2 8v Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres

Summary:

Excellent car for a busy city, and for first time drivers

Faults:

Surprisingly, nothing went wrong with the car itself during those 13k km I've passed with it.

General Comments:

Renault dealers in Croatia were very helpful, and every service was with a smile; however not the cheapest parts.

Did crash it though. Partly the fault of the car's rubbish handling (it's like a boat in the corners), but mainly my rubbish driving let it down.

Handling however is satisfactory in towns when you can't exceed 30 mph. So are the standard fitted Michelin Energy tires; they're not for performance drivers, but the average driver will be happy with them for a long time (mine was fitted with the original tires with about 40k km, and they still worked well in the dry).

Incredibly comfortable seats, although not for tall people. I'm 6'8" and my driving position was rubbish. The steering wheal is just too far when your seat is in a fully back position.

I got about 5l/100km (50-60 mpg) in a town, which was great, better then my brothers equivalent Fiat Punto. Also, you don't need to rev it as high to fully utilize the 60 bhp.

An excellent city car, but not very sporty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2011

2001 Renault Twingo Authentiqe 1.2 i

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2 i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12325 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Great car (so small outside and so big inside) and comfortable too

Faults:

Nothing so far !

General Comments:

I really think that Renault is a very good manufacturer. Renault cars are not so expensive such as German, but Renault is more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

1997 Renault Twingo Base 1.149cc D7F (new)

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.149cc D7F (new) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

A WONDERFUL design with disgusting level of manufacturing quality

Faults:

Driver seat upholstery started to peel-off 2 months after bought the car from new! It happened at 3,000 km.

Alternator bearings failure at 11,000 km, just after my warranty expired. Cause: factory overtightened v-belt by mistake. (All 1.149cc-engined Twingos were recalled for a V-belt tension change that year) cost me rather dearly to repair. Replacement with a new alternator was out of the question - it was THAT expensive.

Water pump gave at 19,000 kms for no obvious reason. Engine overheated (as it has no water temp gauge!!!) and a blown gasket was the result. Again cost to replace rather high (new head bolts, etc.)

Front pads lasted VERY little (as little as 9,000 kms.) Maybe it was my driving style, but even double of that would be unacceptable for such a small car.

Rear suspension proved very weak - it deformed after hitting a high-speed hole. On other cars such a bump would result in no more than a tyre puncture and bent wheel. Here it was a combination of all three.

Build quality was a disaster. I started hating the car just for the way it was built - exactly like ZASTAVA/YUGO levels of fitment.

Sold it after 2 years of otherwise happy, but problematic motoring.

General Comments:

Very charming and sexy little car.

My car was equipped with the ultralight, (then new) new-technology D7F engine, and it was unbelievable how torquey & at the same time how economical this car was. It went like a sports car from 0-100kph, but at the same time consumed as little as 5.5 ltrs/100kms in stop-and-go city driving, and even in pedal-to-the-metal sport driving through town, it never consumed more than 6.4 ltrs/100kms.

On the highway it was remarkable - 4.5 - 5.0 ltrs/100kms. Top speed was quite remarkable for a smallish car, too - 160kph easily.

Inner roominess - awesome. felt like a minivan for 4 persons. Front seats were awful in terms of body support. I hated them - they were almost like those camping chairs - 1 hour of driving and your back hurts. (now they are much improved at the new Twingos).

Handling, steering and braking felt OK for such a tallish car. Gearbox also very efficient & comfy (if you get used on the abnormally long 1st gear, as with all RENAULTs).

This car is a marvellous design (especially last 4 years, with the D7 series of engines), but, the car I bought just happened to be an unlucky example, probably built on monday morning. I both loved and hated it, for reasons mentioned above, until the rear axle bent - than I gave up and swapped it for a BX 16Valve - which is another story and a HUGE amount of fun (love & hate :).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2002

25th Apr 2008, 02:59

Twingo 2005, water pump gone at 14oookm. Grrrr : (

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews