The Renault Twizy can’t be described as succinctly like other conventional vehicles. Simply put, it’s four-wheeler that’s best suited for the city resident. Look deeper into its interior, however, and you see that many of its elements are finding some sort of identity amid traditional and unconventional designs. How these elements work together to bring a practical yet innovative car is what this review will explore.
Although the Twizy is not as fast as other vehicles meant for city roads, its structure allows you to ease through traffic. The 16bhp electric motor offers 57Nm via its rear wheels; the vehicle can sprint to 28mph in just six seconds—all you really need when heading from the office to home, or for any errands in between. Even at its 450kg weight, the car is able to deliver in terms of speed, drive, and handling. Acceleration is not a problem either, thanks to its responsiveness to shifts and its ease on uphill roads. If you’re not really after racecar speeds, then you’ll be content driving at its top speed of 50mph. First time drivers will have no problem going on the Twizy, as it requires no gear changes. Just press on the accelerator and find the speed you’re most comfortable with.
The Renault Twizy, despite its odd appearance, is really meant for weaving in and out of traffic. Anyone whose job or daily tasks require going through difficult roads or rush hour ridden routes can rely on the Twizy to get them at a place as soon as possible. You also won’t have a problem maintaining balance and motion no matter how difficult the journey. Even with 100kg battery weight lying beneath the seating, the Twizy is able to handle itself through several motions.
We have to reiterate that the Twizy is not a conventional car and is only meant for short journeys. The default equipment only includes a three-point seatbelt, automatic handbrake, 13-inch alloys, and a heated windscreen. The vehicle assures the driver’s protection via an anti-submarining feature that prevents the front seat driver from sliding under the seatbelt during an accident. Storage is no issue thanks to two gloveboxes that have five and three-litre capacities; more than enough for your basic documents. Other handy equipment includes a 31-litre stowage and a 12-volt power supply. So don’t expect snazzy accessories to come with your purchase. The Twizy, however, comes with three kinds of trim levels: Technic, Colour, or Urban. If you want a practical trim that lets you keep track of your fuel economy, then go for the Urban. Color choices are white, grey, or black, but you can add variety by mixing with orange, blue, or green on the side and roof panels.
The Twizy isn’t exactly quiet, especially when going into sharp turns. The thin wheels release a distracting noise that can hamper your concentration. Steering isn’t responsive and doesn’t offer much feel for the driver. The brakes are able to stop the car when pushed hard enough, but you’ll have to get the hang of stepping on them as they aren’t power assisted.
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