£7500 'Extreme' model undercuts Fiat 500
28 January 2008

Do you remember Renault denying that a cheaper, more basic version of the new Twingo was on the horizon? Here it is, then: the £7500 Twingo Extreme, which goes on sale in February.The new model undercuts the base Fiat 500 by £400. It gets a 1.2-litre, 59bhp petrol engine which returns 50.4mpg and 130g/km. The spec list is shorter than the rest of the Twingo range, which has attracted criticism in some quarters for taking the model upmarket. However, the Extreme still comes with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, driver and passenger airbags, remote central locking, radio/CD, front fog lights and electric front windows. Its bargain status is evident from the outside, though, thanks to its matt-black plastic door mirrors.Options will include an integrated Bluetooth handsfree system, Union Jack door handle graphics and wing badges, and racing stripes.

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Renault Twingo 2008-2013

The Renault Twingo is fun, versatile and only slightly flawed. It’s a great effort

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29 January 2008

Still only gets four EuroNCAP stars too versus five for the Fiat 500. That's definitely worth £400 ( quite apart from the cuter looks of the Fiat ).

30 January 2008


Can't stand cars with stickers all over them.

31 January 2008

Makes the choice for buying a first car even harder.

3 February 2008

The new Twingo advert is trying to induce fun. Shame the car doesn't.

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

4 February 2008

Sadly what the original Twingo brought to the 1990s is assuredly not coming to the 2000s via the new Twingo. This is one of the most disappointing cars of the decade. It could have been a market stealer but instead it seems to be squarely aimed at living in the shadow of the Fiat Panda. Another busted flush along with the new Laguna (apart from the coupe obviously). I don't even consider it a rival for the 500. Indeed I don't think the (infinitely superior) Mazda 2 is a competitor either.

4 February 2008

The whole twingo debacle amuses me, the only reason we never got the thing in the 90's is because it was too sh*t to pass out crash tests. But then, i think most renaults are sh*t so my opinion is slightly biased. Cute? Yes. Chic? Yes. Reliable? No.

5 February 2008

It's a Renault. Anyone with any sense should therefore stay well clear.

On a brighter note, I saw a Fiat 500 in powder blue yesterday, it looked fantastic.

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