Even if you eschew the Cup suspension kit on the standard 133 model, the Twingo Renaultsport still comes with enough standard kit. Air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows, remote central locking and a CD player are all included.
Opt for the entry-level Cup model, however, and you save £750 and unlock even more performance. Air conditioning, automatic headlamp and wiper operation and tinted rear windows have all been binned and a one-piece bench finds its way into the rear in place of the complex independent sliding back seats.
Let’s face it, the Cup isn’t quite ready for Group N status but the changes have to be worth a few kilos (the Clio 197 Cup lost 20kg with similar omissions) and add kudos to the lairy-looking baby Renault. The Cup chassis option being standard for the Cup model also more than compensates for any loss of comfort, given that you’re only likely to be choosing the Cup model if you’re not a regular at the chiropractors.
Despite its diminutive size and relatively modest output, the Twingo 133 is not a frugal car. Official figures point to a 40mpg-plus ability but you’ll get nowhere near it if driving properly. Our test average was only 30.8mpg. CO2 is also nothing to write home about, standing at 155g/km.
As a long-term proposition the Twingo will prove invigorating and tiring in equal measure. Fun though it is, the strange driving position, short gearing and noisy tyres make long distance driving rather draining.
It’s also not the cheapest to insure – group 19 – but this is to be expected given the relative size and amount of performance.