When arriving at your local Renault dealer to order your Twingo, life is a very simple process. Not only is there just one engine offered (the 74bhp 1.2) there is just the one trim level, too: Dynamique. All other trims and engines were axed as part of Renault’s UK range overhaul in early 2012.
For your money – a smidgen over £10,000 – you get a remarkably well-specced car in the Renault Twingo 1.2 Dynamique. Standard kit includes electric front windows, cruise control, 15in alloys, electrically adjusted door mirrors, air-con and tinted rear windows.
With such a generous amount of equipment, it’s easy to keep the cost of a Twingo down. The options list mainly consists of racing stripes, vibrant colour choices and different alloy wheel designs should you want to turn your Twingo into a rival to the Citroën DS3 or Mini.
The Twingo should also prove to be a cheap car to run; it dips below the 120g/km CO2 emissions threshold (119g/km), so its first year road fund licence is free and after that it’s just £30 per year.
On our test, the Twingo rarely dropped below 50mpg, even under more spirited driving. Its official figure is 55.4mpg, something that’s achievable in everyday conditions.
Insurance wise, the Twingo sits in Group 9. For comparison, a 68bhp 1.2-litre-powered Fiat 500 can be found in Group 5 in its entry-level Pop trim.