The Twingo is the first Renault to sport elements of the firm’s new ‘Circle of Life’ design language, conceived by ex-Mazda design chief Laurens van den Acker. So there’s a more expressive front face that includes a larger Renault ‘diamond’ logo and large round foglights.

There’s also a response to the likes of the Citroën DS3, Fiat 500 and Mini with a much longer list of colour and trim options, designed to give an air of individuality to each Twingo that rolls down the production line.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

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Just one engine and trim is available

The styling revisions to the second-generation Twingo go someway to addressing the tame appeal of pre-facelift second-generation models. With rivals such as the sensational-looking Fiat 500 to compete with, the pre-facelift Mk2 Twingo doesn’t grab its audience with anything like the same conviction in the showroom.

From engineering point of view the Mk2 Twingo features a set of underpinnings that are decidedly more cutting edge than of old.

The basic platform, as intimated, is an updated version of the Mk2 Clio’s, which means front-wheel drive, struts and coil springs at the front, with a torsion bar and coil springs at the rear. Braking is by discs at the front and drums at the rear, and the anti-lock features a full-house Electronic Brake Distribution system.

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Steering is by rack and pinion, as you’d expect, but the assistance is electrically powered; this system weighs less and benefits economyby a small amount.

There’s just one engine option (asides from the Renaultsport version) as part of Renault’s recent trimming of the fat in its UK line up: a 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol.

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