Renault Twizy (Side) (2012)
Renault Twizy (Side) (2012)

Ride and Handling

At low speeds the ride is quite harsh, but once you get going the ride quality is pretty reasonable. The Twizy bounces quite happily over average potholes, although you might want to steer around any of the deeper ones in a vehicle with this short a wheelbase. Handling is generally pretty stable, but the very narrow track means that you wouldn’t ideally choose to turn a corner too sharply when the Twizy is flat out at 50 mph. The steering has a very direct feel and the turning circle is really excellent at 11 feet, tighter than just about anything else on the road – even including a London taxi.

Ease of Use

The Twizy has tandem seating, driver in front, passenger behind with legs stretched forward either side, motorcycle style.  It is quite functional, and access into either seat is quite reasonable so long as you are slim enough, reasonably agile and not too tall. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to offer your arthriticky granddad a lift in it, though.

The dashboard is very sparse, with just a small liquid-crystal information display that shows you a digital speed reading, the battery’s charge level, rate of battery use and estimated remaining range. When you swivel into the Twizy, insert the key in the dash and switch on the electric system, you simply press D for Drive on the D-N-R dashboard switch cluster, undo the umbrella-handle-style handbrake located alongside your left knee, press the right-hand pedal and you’re off. Simple as that.

Charging up the Twizy’s battery takes around three and a half hours using a normal 13-amp household supply.

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