The price of the Twingo we tested (around EUR8,500) acts like a filter which doesn’t let any gadget that is too cool enter the car. Thus, the epitome of entertainment technology present on the vehicle was an optional audio system that offered multiple functions, such as a set of controls mounted on the steering column and a Bluetooth connection for our phones. We have to tell you that the controls, which are typical for the low and medium-priced Renault vehicles, handle their job just fine.
The system was ready to become friends with your personal devices through an USB or a jack auxiliary in socket and released the decibels through four 20W speakers. It turned out to be a decent audio partner, managing to offer a good sound quality and intuitive menus.
It didn’t take long for our test drivers and photographers to find other parts of the vehicle that could be used as toys. From the first moment you climb into the driver’s seat, you want to play with the rev counter, which just seems to have been placed on top of the steering column with this purpose in mind (the rev-happy engine will let you do this). We even tried to take it to the office with us but it just wouldn’t come off.
And then there’s the blue rubber stalagmites gathering, which you can remove from its place and use for self massaging. Sure, this will make the things you place on top of the dash spread all around the cabin, but you’ll have fun in the process. We’re not sure the designers have though about this when they created it, but, trust us, it’s a pretty good tool for the job. Continue reading