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Twist, Swing and Tango - it´s the new Renault Twingo

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The name Twingo is an amalgamation of the words Twist, Swing and Tango says Renault so you can guess that they are aiming their new ‘supermini’ at young, and young-at-heart active customers.

Although this is the first time the Twingo has been built in right hand drive form, the product is now in its second generation. Amazingly 2.4 million of the first models were bought by Renault fans around the world but not officially in the UK.

The Twingo three-door hatchback joins Renault’s small car line up of the Clio, Clio Camps and Modus models at the start of the manufacturers new model offensive of 26 new vehicles by 2009.

Bigger than an ‘A-class’ city car but perhaps not quite as long as a new-age ‘supermini’, the Twingo for some UK buyers will offer a better compromise of user-friendly, easy to park, compact size against price, £8,375 to £9,995.

Its main rivals for fun chic style and must-have desirability are of course the MINI hatchbacks and the new retro styled Fiat 500. However it just as likely that customers considering buying a Ford Ka, VW Fox or Polo, Fiat Panda, the trilogy of Toyota Aygo/Peugeot 107/Citroen C1 models, or the larger Vauxhall Corsa, Citroen C2 and Peugeot 207 will give the Twingo a once-over when considering their purchase.

Millimetre for millimetre, pound for pound the Renault Twingo is a strong sales proposition. Currently there is the choice of Dynamique and GT specifications. There are two Dynamique variants, one with air conditioning, one without.

All models have1.2-litre, 16-valve petrol engines, the Dynamique with 75bhp and the GT TCE with 100bhp, thanks to the addition of a turbocharger.

The 75bhp engine returns 49.5mpg with a CO2 figure of 135g/km whilst the 100bhp turbocharged unit returns 47.8mpg and 140g/km. This means both models have a Vehicle Excise Duty rating of Band C costing £115 per year.

Insurance costs will be low as well with Dynamique models having a group three rating and the GT rated as group five, so there is a Twingo to suit young first time buyers or older users.