A closer look at the Renault Wind

Whatever you think about the Renault Wind’s name – and personally we don’t believe it’s the most exciting name in the world, the car itself doesn’t suffer for it.

The Wind was a smart move from Renault, sitting neatly in between the Twingo and the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet. The Wind is a desirable little car, packed full of character, style and a bit of fun.

We took the Wind out for a drive recently and were impressed by the driving dynamics and responsive handling.

Better yet, the Wind fills a real gap in the market. It is a budget, fun two-seater convertible in its own right and not a convertible version of an existing model. We think it is going to be a big hit, and since we’ve had the chance to take a closer look, we’ve raided the Renault archives to bring you a selection of images of the latest car to wow us from the French manufacturer.

Probably the most noticeable feature is the innovative electric folding hard-top roof.With a press of a button the roof closes in just 12 seconds and because of the clever folding system, doesn’t take up any room in the surprisingly spacious boot.

The roof weighs just 21.8kg and as such, doesn’t affect the drive at all. The car still feels light and responsive on the roads.

There’s also an extensive equipment list including cruise control, front fog lights, 16″ alloy wheels, sports seats, sports aluminium pedals, leather-trimmed interior, ABS, emergency brake assist, electric windows and a CD player with MP3 compatibility as standard.

As for prices, the budget roadster costs from £15,500 on-the-road, making it one of the most affordable two-seat roadsters available today.

And if you feel we’re lavishing a bit too much praise on the Renault Wind – let us just say we still can’t warm to the unimaginative name…