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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Renault Wind (10-12) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Fun to drive, sporty looks, efficient engines, fantastic roof, well-equipped

CONS

Only two seats, poor rear visibility

PROS

Fun to drive, sporty looks, efficient engines, fantastic roof, well-equipped

CONS

Only two seats, poor rear visibility

Renault Wind rivals

Mazda
MX-5
4 out of 5 4.0
Vauxhall
Tigra
3 out of 5 3.0

For the second time Renault has had a crack at building a roadster with its rather airy-fairily-titled Wind. The last attempt was back in 1996 with the Sports Spider but that was a bit of a disaster: it was deemed too complex, expensive and hardcore - early versions lacked both roof and windscreen - and so Renault ceased production after only a year and a half.

This time around things are a lot simpler. The Wind is based on the Twingo and it should have a much broader appeal. First off, the sporty Renault has a windscreen and even a clever ‘targa’-style roof that folds away in just 12 seconds. It's also been developed by Renaultsport, Renault’s performance division responsible for the sensational Twingo and Clio hot hatches, and it's powered by engines from the Twingo range: a 99bhp 1.2-litre turbo and a more powerful 131bhp 1.6-litre.

Diesel will not be offered.

Renault Wind rivals

Mazda
MX-5
4 out of 5 4.0
Vauxhall
Tigra
3 out of 5 3.0