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.

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.

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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