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Renault Twizy Review

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Defining Renault s isn t easy. It has four wheels but isn t really a car. There s for two — but only one front There s a roof — but it s at the sides. And it ll match the flow of — but won t use an engine to do so.

This is s electric technology at its most offering perhaps the ultimate for city motoring. Perhaps the kind of second car that all families should have.

To be sustainable for the future of mankind, the has to change. Maybe not change much — but all the same, it has to This is Renault s Twizy, transport, but not as we know it.

The name is a blend of the words two and easy , the for this innovative French s solution to the issue of how people get around their urban and complete the short, everyday, one or journeys we all make that, if we re don t really require a proper

You see, this isn t really a car, even though it has wheels and a steering wheel. As the suggest, it s actually a cross a car and a scooter, something the motor calls a heavy quadricycle , the defining a four-wheeled vehicle weighs no more than with a power output s usually less than Not the kind of thing the average would feel comfortable driving. But is this?

Well that s what we re to find out.


You actually need a bootful of to activate meaningful forward but once your right s firmly planted, the Twizy the usual all-electric car feeling of em performance, as all 57Nm of torque is to the tarmac in one fell swoop, you to 30mph in around 6 seconds. isn t bad, considering that the motor generates only braked horses. But then it t need much power to this little thing given that the kerb is only around 475kgs, than half that of a citycar.

Around 100kgs of is accounted for by the 6kWh lithion-ion pack that powers the AC the battery centrally mounted and slow down to skim a few inches above the road and offer the low centre of gravity makes this machine fun to punt around corners. And for the tall and narrow design really ought to make car most unstable around Credit for the fact that it isn t can be to the enthusiasts at Renaultsport who supervised the development and added their F1 expertise to the regenerative braking that charges the battery you come off the throttle.

Not that you often do. This s so much fun to drive, the temptation is to it around at max chat almost or at least as much at max chat as a top of 50mph will allow. of course, isn t the cleverest thing to do if you to maximise the necessarily meagre range — which at 60 miles, is around 40% less you d get from other, larger cars.

I m not sure how that was arrived at, since I ve never anything like it in my time this car: 30, maybe up towards 40 miles is a better Still, that ll be more enough for most urban

And ride quality? Well, let s say it s a bit on the firm side and you ll be looking to around potholes if possible.

and Build

The Twizy s styling like nothing we ve ever before. The wheels flung out at corner, the two seats in tandem and the way wedge-shaped passenger cell nestled into the chassis all of it marks the Twizy down as resolutely unconventional.

Getting in is straightforward. My test car had the optional doors fitted and they re fingertip light on their gas but when in place, still cover half the door partly explaining why, you re seated behind the wheel, s a rather odd arrangement of twin belts to contend with.

Behind the driver, the single seat with its ordinary belt is fixed in a single and requires a nimbleness of limb it comes to getting in and out. in situ, it s necessary to sit with legs splayed around the seat, though that s a lot more comfortable than it

Renault has done a pretty job of endowing the Twizy with a of practicality. There are two glove incorporated into the dashboard and one of s lockable, plus there s a 31-litre trunk at the back can easily take waterproofs or a of clothes.

Market and Model

the Twizy s value proposition is awkward. After all, do you compare it to? Probably, the smart electric drive is this s only conceivable competitor, but there, you re talking about much more car-like will cost you a few thousand Up-front asking prices are by the fact that, rather this model (unlike s other EV cars) doesn t for the government s usual £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant for all-electric

Even so, it still seems affordable, with list ranging from just £7,000 to just under depending on the trim level you At first glance, that pretty good value you consider that a high-end scooter like a Vectrix will cost you over

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Bear in mind though, no all-electric Renault includes the of its battery in the asking price. For you ve to take out a battery rental with Renault, the cost of will vary on your annual mileage and planned period. At launch, the three figures varied between and £57 per month for annual of between 4,500 and 9,000.

For years of driving, in other you ve to budget for another couple of pounds of outlay on top of the cost of the

The model range is fairly with a few trim levels really aren t that to one another. The motive power exactly the same, it s just should you ascend the range you end up with gear like wheels, metallic paint and mats.

Cost of Ownership

discussing cost of ownership of the Twizy, it all gets a little bit how is a piece of string? Clearly the you can get out of this Renault depends much on your driving and the electricity bills will on how cost-effective your supplier is. let s give you some idea. Let s for the sake of argument, that you the thing in a heroically eco-manner and an average of 40 miles on one charge and that your commute up to around 100 miles each

A typical UK electricity tariff see each charge costing £1.50, so your weekly cost in so-called fuel would be less than

Sounds good doesn t it? But that to this, you ve to add what ll be an cost of around £13 a for the battery rental contract must be taken out in conjunction Twizy purchase. Add to that higher insurance premiums the industry has unfairly pitched Renault up at either group 10 or 11 on the scale — and you ll probably be at a total weekly running that ll likely be about the as you d be looking at for a conventional citycar.

But of it isn t as simple as that. In looking ownership costs, you ve to take of many other factors. the low asking price, congestion exemption, free parking in cities and free passage some toll bridges and servicing.


Apple Steve Jobbs always that product development t be based around asking what they wanted. really new ever gets like that. Forward demands that you look at a — in this case, the way the automobile industry uses 25% of the s oil consumption and ramps up climate by putting out 12% of all global Co2 emissions and design a unique solution. this Twizy is certainly

It isn t created to be an only car, to long distances or even to be practical. Which is great. all, it s precisely because citycars try to make themselves at some of these things they re less economic for the future, they will to be.

If you spend your life around town but can t bring to buy the scooter you know in your of hearts would make sense, then this offers the answer. And, most sensible solutions, it s it s desirable and it s fantastic fun. A for people who like cars or a car for who like scooters. I m not sure But the definition doesn t matter.

The end does. The future —

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