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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Renault Twingo Renaultsport (08-13) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Good fun to drive, peppy engine, funky hot hatch styling, good value

CONS

Noisy at motorway speeds, not especially refined, cramped rear seats

At a glance

New price £12,045 - £14,830
Used price £1,210 - £3,945
Fuel economy 42 - 42 mpg
Road tax cost £160 - £200
Insurance group 20 - 22 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Good fun to drive, peppy engine, funky hot hatch styling, good value

CONS

Noisy at motorway speeds, not especially refined, cramped rear seats

Renault Twingo Renaultsport rivals

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.

Renault Twingo Renaultsport rivals

Other Renault Twingo (2007 - 2014) models: