2015 Renault Twingo – European Unconventional Super-mini Showed Its Talents In Belgrade
This review is from an European perspective. We are not talking about the Porsche, the Ferrari or a BMW, but about the new French super – mini called 2015 Renault Twingo. It’s just been rolled out, on sale across Europe and we actually drove this car in Belgrade, Serbia at its initial presentation. So how was it?
Rather nice actually! We already knew that the new Renault Twingo sits on the Smart ForFour base and that its engine is in the wrong place – at the back. That also means that this is a rear driving vehicle which is rather strange in Europe because most Europeans like to drive those front wheel drive hatchbacks. Nevertheless, the Renault Twingo is not a conventional car by any means. It is small, quirky, stylish, connected to the Internet (literally – using a Smartphone Internet Connection) and it is as fun to drive it in the city as it is fun to drive in a Fiesta ST on the track. Of course, without all those crazy speeds the Fiesta ST can achieve.
Looking at the 2015 Renault Twingo from a US perspective, it’s hard to determine where to put this car. Its exterior dimensions are closest to the super – mini such as Fiat 500 or Chevrolet Spark, but its rear engine and rear wheel drive layout certainly is not. Thanks to these measures, the interior of this small car has world class leading comfort, space and there is plenty of headroom even if you are 6 feet tall. Really, there is enough room for basketball players, a contrabass, or even a surfboard.
The 2015 Renault Twingo is also savvy once connected to the internet, you can use an app called R & Go which connects to the car and shows you stuff like the tri computer or even the engine RPM. Unfortunately, only Android and iOS phones have this app in their dedicated stores. The Windows and Blackberry based app is still in the development stages. If we disregard few major issues with the plastic quality on some parts of the interiors and extremely small rear seats, than it becomes clear that this car can really serve its purpose around town. We’ve spent our test drive in a car powered by a small one liter three cylinder engine and we never felt a lack of power in the cramped streets of Belgrade. However, everything changes when hitting the highway, its capability to steer the front wheels to 45 degrees is really impressive. This is a car with the smallest turning radius in the world and we tested that over and over again simply admiring the engineers from Renault. How could they pull this off?! This nimbleness translates to practical use when driving around town. With rather large rear tires (215/45 R16) and a bit smaller front tires (185/50 R16), the Renault Twingo is easily maneuvered in tight parking spots and every once in a while treats us with supercar like precision and quickness. Besides the 70 HP naturally aspirated engine, Renault offers a turbocharged unit producing 90 HP. We were not able to try that one out, but those colleagues who tried it said that the 2015 Renault Twingo can actually drift if the conditions are permissible. When you get your Smart ForTwo in the US, you must try it.
All in all, it is nice to see that the French started to offer unconventional vehicles once again. The2015 Renault Twingo is really special and when they introduce a sporty version of it with an engine producing in excess of 130 HP, it is easy to guess that this car will be the most amazing small car in the world. Yes, it will probably be taking down the Fiat 500 Abarth from the throne.