Renault’s new Twingo city car has officially been shortlisted for the highly-competitive European Car of the Year Awards.
Only seven cars made the final cut out of a total of 32 nominees, which included the Kia Soul, Peugeot’s new 108 and the Citroen C1.
This marks the second major awards success for the Twingo after it was named City Car of the Year at this year’s Top Gear Magazine Awards, despite having only been released in September.
The Twingo came at the fore of Top Gear’s list, earning its award and joining other winners, which included cars like exotic high-performance supercars many times its price.
According to the magazine, the new Twingo took the top spot due thanks to its unique powertrain layout, as well as its ability to maximise interior space in a small city car.
Sam Philip, one of Top Gear senior writers, said: “This is a masterwork of packaging, that knotty art of carving a large amount of space from within a very small wheelbase.
“The Twingo should be celebrated for what it is, a car that does the business of being a city car better than anything else out there.”
Unique rear engine
One of the most innovative and cutting-edge small cars currently on the market, the Twingo features a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive powertrain which is unique amongst its sector.
Along with making the Twingo a lot of fun to drive, the design of its powertrain also means that its turning circle is tighter, as there’s no engine block in the front to impair wheel angle.
As a result, it’s nimble and easy to manoeuvre around tight city streets, while it also stands out with a funky design and body-coloured, plus a rear spoiler and LED daytime running lights.
Ken Ramirez, Renault UK’s managing director, said: “All-New Twingo represents a bold innovation in the city car category with its clever rear-engined layout.”
Other standard features include power steering, remote central locking and a speed limiter, plus Renault’s R & Go infotainment system, a trip computer and lane-change functions.
Choices of engine in the Renault Twingo
Two efficient petrol engines power the new third-generation Twingo, with up to 14mpg greater fuel economy than the Twingo’s predecessor, along with up to 35g/km lower CO2 emissions.
Following its nomination, the next step for the Twingo will be an intensive set of tests by 58 judges across 22 European countries in a series of driving events. However, fans will have to wait until the Geneva motor show next March to find out the overall winner.
In the meantime, the new Renault Twingo is available to buy now, priced from £9,495 for the entry-level Expression trim.