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 :).