During day-to-day driving, you wouldn't know that the power is being delivered to the rear wheels. The Twingo feels just like a normal city car although it isn't quite as refined as the class leaders. One area where it trounces the competition is manoeuvrability. The Twingo has a tiny turning circle that makes navigating small car parks a breeze and means that turns in the road are dispatched with ease.
Front occupants have plenty of room. The rear seats are only for two people. Legroom isn't awful when compared to the competition, but it is worth noting that even in the most reclined position the seats are very upright and could prove to be uncomfortable for longer journeys.
Areas where the Twingo could be beaten by its rivals is performance and refinement. Our car is the 1.0 SCe 70 model, which comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 69bhp and manages to power the Twingo to 60mph in a sedate 14.5 seconds.
We haven't attempted any motorway miles yet but if town driving is anything to go by, we're expecting the engine will have to be worked hard to keep up with the traffic. For urban use, it's fine, although the notchy five-speed gearbox, vague clutch and no foot rest by the clutch pedal could prove tiresome.
The Twingo isn't as refined as the competition, at idle there's a lot of vibration through the cabin. Frustrating when the Twingo will spend a lot of its life sat in commuter traffic.
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