FirstDrive: Renault Twingo Renaultsport 133 Cup – Practicality / Spec


Intro
Looks
Practicality / Spec
Engine / Performance
Driving / NVH
Verdict

Once you climb inside and shut the tinny door, a few reminders of the old Clio come back to you: the slightly offset seating / pedal positioning is still here, whilst the steering still feels slightly oversized and adjusts for rake only. It’s not majorly uncomfortable, but taller drivers still feel like they have to sit around the controls just to use them.

The comfy seats are slightly reminiscent of those in the Clio 182 though; you get the extra bolstering but they’re still quite wide enough to not pinch.

Ebay*
Comfy seats aren’t overly bolstered*

The dash that looks simple at first glance soon finds itself to be a bit of a mess. It looks like a modern design until you see the radio just slotted in like an afterthought. It probably is just the angle but it doesn’t sit right, and all the same-sized buttons will take time to get used to. There’s no ipod connection either to solve tuning issues!

The digital speedo might be a modern touch into a city car but it’s not really in your peripheral vision. Even though it’s centrally mounted, they haven’t reversed the layout from LHD to RHD so it’s skewed to the far side of the centre console.

Dash
You won’t notice that speedo much. Especially if you’re busy working that engine hard!***

The rev counter works well though; considering it’s the only thing in front of you, you could argue that it’s all you need!

Otherwise plenty of room up front, rear boot is expectedly tiny and those sat in the rear can last a short journey. If you don’t opt for the Cup chassis option, those sat in the rear have the benefit of the sliding seats so it can be a pretty versatile car to have.


Spec: Twingo Renaultsport 133 Cup'10 
Engine: 1.6 4cyl Petrol, 133bhp (@ 6750rpm), 118lb ft (@ 4400rpm)
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Mpg: Official: 43.5mpg
Performance: 0-62mph: 8.7 Secs, 125mph
Colour: White

*Picture sourced from this ebay ad*

**Picture sourced from this gallery in CAR magazine**
***Picture sourced from AutoTrader

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