Renault has nearly struck gold with the latest Twingo, broadening its appeal with some handsome new exterior looks and keeping the excellent chassis and its fun-to-drive traits untouched.

But the style conscious buyers Renault will be looking to attract will be put off by the interior and the enthusiast may be tempted to look elsewhere for the punch to match its poise.

We particularly like the chassis and flexible interior

Better news on the latter front is on the horizon: the Twingo is in line to get a torquey new 0.9-litre three-cylinder engine as its base powerplant next year.

As to where the Twingo sits against its city car peers depends largely on your own particular priorities, and even if the Twingo isn’t our outright favourite — largely on account of its surprisingly thrashy engine and drab-looking (if functional) interior — Renault has nevertheless done a good job in replacing one of its most iconic cars.

We like the Twingo’s chassis, its eco-consciousness and its flexible interior. We’re not so keen on its lack of cruising refinement. Yet in the end it’s just a surprisingly good car to drive, and the fact that it costs just over £10,000 makes it all the more appealing.

So the Twingo is a very likeable car, and if you fall for the cute looks and old-school handling ability, then you’re likely to forgive its shortcomings.

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