If its engine performance remains fairly modest, the electric Twingo with a range of 190 to 270 km was clearly designed for urban use. All for a price that makes it, for the moment, one of the cheapest on the market.
- Autonomy in town
- High-end, well-equipped versions
We don’t like
- Indigent entry-level version
- Riquiqui chest
Accessible from around 15,000 euros once all aid has been deducted, the Twingo ZE is only slightly more expensive than its thermal version. What makes us say that if you are looking for a Twingo for everyday journeys, this electric version is for you. Thanks to its autonomy in town, you won’t even need to charge it every day.
Two years after the launch of the Smart Forfour EQ with which it shares the same platform, Renault is electrifying its Twingo. But far from being a true copy, the French manufacturer has put the book back on its job to make its successful city car more versatile. Starting with the batteries, since where the German is satisfied with a 15.4 kWh pack which does not allow more than 100 real kilometers of autonomy, Renault has increased the dowry to 22 kWh in order to offer the Twingo ZE 190 km of combined cycle driving and around 270 km in the urban cycle.
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Made for the city
On the engine side, on the other hand, it is perfect equality, with 82 horsepower under the hood and 160 Nm of torque. Of course, this cavalry does not allow the French to move mountains, but for four people and a few races (part of the 240 liters of the trunk is already pre-empted by the domestic and Type 2 charging cords), it is more than enough. It takes the 0 to 50 km / h in 4.2 seconds. Its maximum speed of 135 km / h allows him to use expressways, even if it is not his favorite terrain. The Twingo ZE is a pure city dweller, designed to sneak around and park easily. Indeed, with 3.61 meters long and a turning radius of 4.39 meters, it is one of the queens of the city.
Aesthetically, little distinguishes the Twingo ZE from the thermal model, other than the absence of an exhaust pipe and a cooling scoop on the left rear fender. If you opt for the Vibes version offered at launch, you will also be entitled to a specific stripping which will then leave no doubt to those who will watch you pass while enjoying, or not, the buzzer necessary to hear the car coming when it is traveling at less than 30 km / h.
Minimum equipment on the basic model
Inside, we are also on familiar ground. A good old key to insert into a classic cylinder unlocks the Neman and put the switch in the on position. Theinstrumentation remains sober and reduced to essential indications, namely speed, charge level and autonomy. The on-board computer also makes it possible to know its energy consumption. The rest of the equipment depends mainly on the level of finish. Yes the Vibes mentioned above has everything you need (multimedia system with 7-inch Easy Connect touchscreen compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Arkamys sound system, two USB sockets and one auxiliary, reversing camera, automatic air conditioning, heated seats in leather / fabric, adjustable steering wheel, etc.), the basic model is poor, since it does not, for example, offer radio or air conditioning.
On board there is enough room for four adults. If the knee space in the rear seats is limited, the headroom is however comfortable. The rear storm doors are stripped of trim, but each have a large storage bottom and an elastic strap that will hold a large bottle or paperwork upright. The windows are only half-open. The addition of all these compromises allows an obvious weight gain. And on an electric city car, the enemy is mass! Up front, the passenger doors are a little better equipped, with a padded armrest and window controls.
The Twingo ZE is offered from 21,350 euros, excluding bonus. The version Intens that we were able to try is invoiced 25 450 euros.