Renault Twizy information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the electric tandem-seat commuter. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Twizy electric car. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
A crack-pipe crazy twin-seat commuter vehicle that runs on electric power, the Renault Twizy is fun in the sun, less so when it rains. Doors are optional extras, you see. For more information on the Renault Twizy, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
With a 50mph top speed and range of less than 50 miles, the Twizy doesn’t claim to be designed for anything other than short journeys. And it’s actually brilliant fun – it feels zippier than its 17bhp would suggest, and gets more stares than a hypercar. Problem is, even taking its strictly runabout remit into account, it’s drastically compromised. It’s perfect for nipping down the shops, but if you do there’s nowhere to put any bags, it bangs and crashes its way over bumps like the tyres are filled with concrete and even though it’s narrow you’ll still get stuck in traffic jams. With everyone staring at you. And while it’s perfectly suited to sunny climates, the optional scissor doors and zip-up windows are a necessity for British-based Twizy buyers, along with a warm coat.
The one we’d buy
One with doors
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Hilariously, there’s a van version
Rivals to consider
A scooter offers about as much weather protection, and is better at filtering
Quirkily charming and genuinely fun to drive
There’s nowhere to put your bags, rides like the tyres are filled with concrete, you’ll need to pay extra to lease the battery – and to have doors