Good fun to drive, peppy engine, funky hot hatch styling, good value
Noisy at motorway speeds, not especially refined, cramped rear seats
The Renaultsport name has built up a strong reputation thanks to its performance versions of the Clio and Megane. The Twingo is the entry-level car into Renaultsport ownership and is designed to be an authentic hot hatch at an affordable price. It's powered by a 1.6-litre engine with a modest 133bhp but thanks to the Twingo's light weight it's impressively nippy and great fun to drive.
It's certainly not as hardcore as its larger counterparts, however a Cup chassis is available which lowers the ride height and stiffens the suspension. Thanks to an affordable price tag and a low insurance rating, it's a good choice for younger drivers after a decent performance car that won't cost the earth to run. In 2010 Renault added the Twingo Gordini 133 to the range.
The Gordini is powered by the same 133bhp 1.6-litre engine that features in the regular Renaultsport models but it is the design that sets this car apart. There's the go-faster stripes on the bonnet and tailgate and the interior receives the Gordini design treatment.