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RENAULT Twizy – Electric Car Colour 13kW Auto

Renault Twizy Colour (2012 onwards)


Renault Twizy Colour, (£8,445 as tested)

Bodystyle: quadricycle

Engine: rear 13kW / 17hp electric 42lb ft @ 1-2,100rpm

Transmission: direct-drive automatic, rear-wheel

Performance: 0-28mph (!) 6.1 secs, top speed

Efficiency: 3.5hr time, zero CO2 emissions in

Review: Renault Twizy

a used Renault Twizy on Trader

What is it?

This well be the daftest combination of and test car we’ve ever – convertibles in winter are fine the sun shines, but a Renault Twizy in That’s surely asking for Or at least frostbite.

Judging by the reaction of the local public our time with the, vehicle, not everyone is entirely that the Twizy is a real from a mainstream manufacturer. In cases you’d swear were gripped with invasion fears.

The great big badge on the back generally has a effect, though, and also guarantees this unusual will be greeted with a amount of seriousness by your road users. A G-Wiz most definitely is not.


Where does it

Why mention the G-Wiz at all, Because the Renault Twizy is a two-seater electric urban solution. Technically, it’s a rather than a car, means our European neighbours are to drive the lower powered without a full licence.

we only get the higher powered in the UK – so you must be legally to drive a car to pilot the Twizy this may change next ). With its tandem two-seater the closest rivals in concept are motorbikes, though Honda is a similar ‘Micro Commuter’ in

In terms of price it’s a matter. An entry-level Twizy £6,690. Even without the battery leasing on top that’s more than a basic supermini from Renault’s own brand Dacia.

Our test car was up to £8,445 – including the £545 you have to pay to get doors.

Is it for you?

right, you don’t even get as standard. And if you wanted windows, that’ll be a further £295. didn’t have those; new.

Let’s just say if you’re to drive a Twizy all year they might be worth the – although the lack of any kind of will ironically add condensation

Moving on to the battery situation. In to maintain performance quality and costs down (says the batteries are not included in the purchase and have to be leased separately. starts at £48 a month depending on length and mileage.

Complicates the Twizy second hand,

So, as if it wasn’t already obvious, is not a conventional choice of vehicle by any But – and it’s a big but – if you’re looking for a emissions superhero, perhaps for daily commute, the Twizy has appeal. F1 technology and a Renaultsport chassis bring bragging as well.


What it do well?

First and most use the Twizy in the manner intended, and it is satisfying. Because it’s and not especially powerful, the batteries are diminutive, meaning it takes a short amount of time to – even using a regular plug socket.

And while in this instance is still in hours rather than the on-board charging lead and the of any need for specialist equipment it surprisingly usable on a day-to-day Sure, long distances are out of the but for zipping about locally it a treat.

It isn’t quite narrow for “third laning” like a but being so small it can find in traffic that just available to cars. And while not in the office here was a fan of the simple, driving experience, it’s nimble and perky enough to with everything short of traffic.

What doesn’t it do

Clearly, you have to recalibrate expectations more than a here. Let’s start the range. The official claim is 62 per charge, though Renault UK 50 is more realistic.

Spice up with cold weather don’t like the chill – and some hills, and really talking 40.

This is manageable, and you quickly learn to adapt driving style to maximise the braking and reduce the impact of acceleration. Similarly, one of the obvious of the upright design: the slow You’ll need to turn the more than you expect at

RENAULT Twizy – Electric Car Colour 13kW Auto

The ride is also decidedly for the same reasons, and the short means the Twizy tends to up and down, rather than the bumps out. Arguably is all part of the charm; the passenger in the may not agree. Still, with of the weight low down in the chassis, it feels unstable.

What is it like to live

More recalibration required. it’ll be tricky to use for a family run, but even popping to the with a mate needs as storage space for the spoils is entirely limited to the passenger’s Pit stops on the way home from also give pause, as no way to hide a laptop bag.

are a couple of small lockable but these are limited to 31 litres at the doors offer no security at The low sun in winter highlighted – literally – the of sun visors, and we found the optional, wheel mounted Bluetooth rather got in the way.


For all that, though, the Twizy is usable for commuting at this of year once you’ve up warm and de-iced the inside of the The heated windscreen makes work of condensation, while the electric motor over the rear wheels means of traction.

Other general notes. need to think about a cloth – to dry the interior in case of rainfall. The way the wheel pods out mean it isn’t necessarily as as you think it is, and reversing demands due to limited visibility. The horn is loud, incidentally…

How green is it?

In of CO2 emissions in motion, the Twizy is green – as in, being it doesn’t create any. road tax, then. How CO2 it’s actually responsible for on the source of electricity used to it, though.

Renewable sources are the choice, but may also be the most

There are no mpg figures for the same but as a useful estimate Renault it will cost about £1 to charge a totally flat battery pack – which is competitive verses a litre, let a tank, of unleaded. However, the leasing costs complicate calculation considerably.

Anyone for the low-power Euro version think on this: its electric produces just 5hp. of us have used chainsaws more power than The current UK high-power version with a mighty 17hp by

We still managed the 50mph max on occasion.

Would we buy it?

Putting the invasion worriers to one side, the positive public reaction the received wherever we went in it this includes everyone school children to teenagers to suits to senior citizens – there really is a place for kind of transport solution in Britain.

Compared to somewhere the Costa Del Sol it’s not entirely for our climate, but really it’s no practical than a motorbike in regard. And at least with wheels it can’t fall and dump you on the floor. Understand its and the Renault Twizy is a very little thing indeed.

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