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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Twingo has quite a modern feel inside, thanks in part to the central instrument binnacle with orange LED read-outs. A conventional analogue rev-counter pod is situated on top of the steering column but taller drivers might have their view of the rev counter obscured by the steering wheel. Quality is reasonable but there are areas where costs have clearly been cut with some cheap plastics and exposed wires.

The dated stereo situated at a strange angle is another low-rent feature while the driver's seat could do with being lower. The interior was given a minor reworking in early 2012. However, there was little done to upgrade the quality and the plastics are hard and still feel rather cheap.

The Twingo has been designed to accommodate four adults but as it's only available with three doors, getting into the back seats can be tricky. It also makes fitting child seats difficult. Dynamique and GT models have four individually sliding seats (Freeway and Extreme models have a one-piece folding rear bench) and the rear two can slide forwards and back improving either rear passenger or boot space where needed, but in reality the rear is only good for younger kids.

The rear windows don't open either. At low speeds, the Twingo is fairly quiet, but the lack of refinement is highlighted by intrusive engine noise under acceleration. Electrically-adjustable door mirrors and air conditioning are optional on the Dynamique model (typical of cars in this class), and standard on the more expensive GT.