What is it?
The Renault Wind is an oddly appealing-looking coupe-cabriolet that’ll seat two and in this test car is powered by the base 99bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Power is sent through a five-speed manual gearbox, whether you opt for this model or the more powerful 1.6.
What’s it like?
The 3.8-metre long Wind has a promising start in life being based on the Twingo, which is an involving steer in any of its guises. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the Wind.
It retains the grippiness of its hatchback sibling, but the numb, rubbery steering means that the joy that could be taken from the decent chassis is veiled by the steering. This 1.2-litre engine is also less than encouraging. It’s fine for normal, everyday driving but a shortage of torque means it needs to be worked very hard for any more rapid progress.
Tackle some typical British roads and it’s evident that there is some flexing going on, though the short wheelbase and light kerbweight means that it’s not too bad and certainly better than many of the bigger CCs on the market.
For all its acceptable body rigidity, it’s never a settled car to drive. There is a subtle fidgeting over most road surfaces, and bigger pot holes and undulations can cause a some disconcerting jarring and shuddering.