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Renault Twizy: In the rain, on the M3

The M3 motorway and the Basingstoke ring make for unlikely candidates for a of great driving roads, but week they played to one of the most memorable drives of my The weather was typically British, very wet, the skies decidedly grey and the car I was piloting had a top of 50mph. Not the ingredients you d ordinarily with a great drive.

But this was no ordinary car. It was the Twizy.

Admittedly I m a little to the Twizy party. It s as though other motoring writer in the has driven the electric two-seater, PetrolBlog with not so much as a but a huge dollop of sloppy Not that this matters because my brief drive in the will rank as one of my favourite ever.

Down the years, has been quite the pioneer. It the saloon car with the Voiturette B. It paved the way for the MPV with the Espace. And in the 11 Electronic, it was the first car to feature a dashboard and steering wheel audio controls.

It s too early to whether the Twizy represents a moment in the history of the automobile, but should take a huge of credit for having the courage to a car such as this. Innovation to be applauded and the result judged on So anyone with a vague in cars should give the a try.

Let s get the facts out of the way first. The Twizy was from the ground up to be a 100% vehicle, so there are no compromises in the It s powered by a 6.1 kWh lithium ion battery which feeds the 17hp that sits just of the rear wheels. It s rear-wheel with the ride and handling by the wizards at Renaultsport.

What s the electric motor and KERS Engine Recovery System) developed in conjunction with the F1 team, meaning the Twizy has interest to petrolheads than you think.

The Twizy will to 30mph in a little over six and will theoretically provide a range of 50 to 60 miles a full charge, which a mere 3.5 hours on a standard charge. It weighs 450kg, is 2.34m long and has a tiny turning circle. Oh, and prices from £6,690.

Right, out of the way. On with the drive.

No had I grabbed the key to the Twizy, the heavens It s all very well launching a car in Ibiza, but for real world the roads around Basingstoke on a wet and October day are where it s at. Entry to the is through an unconventional but handy for spaces scissor door.

It s an option at £545, but you suspect an one in the UK.

Once inside I spent the few moments wondering why the Twizy t start. Turned out I was attempting to it using the lock for the glovebox, but I did find the right place. You the key as you would a conventional car and wait for the to do some pre-flight checks. the word GO has illuminated on the screen, you re to turn the key again and commence two of the launch procedure. Foot firmly down on the brake wait for the click and then the handbrake.

It s a bit of a faff, but something you d have to get to.

Press the accelerator pedal and the moves away with the burst of power that you get in cars. It s not silent as the motor away behind you and slippery meant that I achieved wheel spin from the wheels. Not bad for a 17hp quadricycle!

the car park involved a number of ramps, which highlighted the s firm ride. But it s not uncomfortable and the stiffness provides some once out on the open road. The steering is direct and precise when combined with the that you can actually see where the wheels are pointed, delivers a good driving experience. s a sizeable amount of understeer if you too quickly, but the feedback you get from the car is lacking from the vast of modern cars.

The unassisted can feel a little inadequate at speeds, but are perfectly acceptable for driving.

My test route took the out of its natural habitat, using the A33 to a five mile stretch of the M3 and B-roads back to base I can honestly say that, despite the rain, I don t think I stopped for the entire route.

The Twizy up to 30mph with ease, struggling slightly to get to 50mph. But at top speed, the Twizy feels and surefooted. For sure, the lack of means you re constantly cold (my were blue by the end of the drive), but had I prepared, I could have this situation.

There s a great deal of noise, that wasn t helped by the amount of water lying on the roads of Hampshire. But put fears of wet out of the window because I, along my bags on the rear seat, completely dry throughout the drive. the inside of the doors were but even my phone that was sat in one of the luggage nets next to the stayed dry.

The M3 motorway was Seeing lorries approach behind is a nerve wracking perhaps reminiscent of the chap Duel who s engaged with a of cat and mouse with the tanker Once they overtake, a over your right highlights just how close to the wheels you re sitting, with the of windows bringing this rather close to home. and debris thrown up by other clatter against the tiny and the wipers struggle to keep up the rain that continues to down.

But there s nothing like exposure to the elements to highlight important it is to concentrate on the task at that of driving.

Use of a mobile would be fruitless at high rendering the optional Parrot hands-free kit useless. There are no or gizmos to distract your it s essentially just a steering an indicator and lights stalk, a wiper stalk and a couple of to go forwards and backwards. Genius. I that there d be fewer caused by distracted drivers if we all pootling about in Renault

Or should that be Twizies?

By the I got back from my 20 mile the estimated range had fallen from fully charged to 27 but then I was flat out for the majority of including an estimated 52mph for the time I was on the M3. If I had thrown in some low driving and made use of the braking/deceleration recovery system, I suspect the figure would be much

Whether the £6,990 price tag as a bargain or an extravagant waste of is a matter of opinion. Critics point to the fact that it s possible to get a ‘normal’ city car for a amount of cash. In fact, may face an enemy from with the news that the Sandero is going to cost a jaw £5,995 when it goes on in the UK. But you can t really think of the Twizy as to normal cars.

As a realistic ownership proposition, it either appeal to you, or it won t.

against the Twizy may also to the fact that opting for the top Twizy Technic and having fun with the options boxes increase the price to £8.870. And at that price, the appeal to wear off. But I honestly can t see you anything other than the Urban spec with the doors.

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Yours for £7,235 the cost of battery rental, from £45 to £67 per month, depending on

Fact is, most of the city I see have one, perhaps two in at any given time. So if you tend to alone and your journey to and work fits with the s range, it makes for a hugely surprisingly good fun and refreshing from the norm. Just one bit of if you live near a pub and see yourself a Twizy by the side of the road, the anti-lift alarm.

It might be the £170 you ve ever spent.

The may not represent the pinnacle of driving or the exhilaration of crossing the Alps in a convertible. But this tiny electric car made a damp on the Basingstoke ring road a enjoyable experience. And for that I will forever remember it as one of my drives.

Thank you, Twizy.

PetrolBlog Score:

Renault Urban

Pint of Milk . A choice perhaps, but the Twizy make a case for being the pint of milk car: 7

station forecourt . A tough as the petrol station isn t its natural But it will get noticed: 6

Exclusivity . to be a rare sight in the UK, especially from the main cities: 7

Is it it? . A highly subjective opinion, but if it your lifestyle, then yes it is:   7

. An electric hero? Not quite, but a appealing little car:  7

for the Renault Twizy Urban: 68

Full details of the scoring can be .

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