Renault Twingo Review from Germany

1995 Renault Twingo Kenzo Easy 1.3 petrol

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance116000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A super mini... :) Best small car I know

Faults:

Nothing so far. Only general maintenance like adjusting valve clearance and new spark plugs.

General Comments:

This car is a very nice one, especially compared to what I drove before. Even on older models it is common to find quite good spec for reasonable money. I.e. my 1995 Twingo has power windows, central locking with remote control, immobiliser, folding roof, velours seats and two airbags for only €2000. Plus this model has the very rare semi-automatic transmission called "easy". Essentially it's a manual transmission without a clutch pedal. The clutch is operated automatically. Very comfy, believe me! :)

I should also mention that, while being only approx. 3.40 metres in length, the Twingo is huge on the inside!!

However, there are a few downsides to this car. Fist, the 1239cc is cheap in tax, but the fuel consumption is quite high for a car this small. It's usually somewhere around 7 to 7.5 litres per 100 kms. And if you push it you make that 9+ litres/100kms. Too much! My previous car, a Fiat Uno had a consumption of 5.5 to 7 litres (if you push it!!)...

Furthermore, the seats are somewhat small and the interior is a little rattly, which could be, because it is a bit plasticky.

The brakes on this car are very poor and are known to wear quickly.

But, to sum it up. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a small, affordable, comfortable and reliable car for city/country driving and the odd run on the motorways.

This is the happiest shopper in town...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review