Renault has facelifted the baby of its range, with a front end that’s more characterful and certainly more distinctive than that of its predecessor.

As well as the bold headlights, the Renault badge on the front is now larger, and the rear lights have also been reworked, while the French brand’s efforts at personalisation mean there are 17 alloy and wheel trim combinations, some gaudy new colour choices and five roof decals.

The interior is largely unchanged, but is still of good quality, especially in the circa-£10,000 bracket. The 75hp 1.2-litre engine needs stirring into life and is only at 119g/km and 55.4mpg – not great in a sector with some increasingly impressive efficiency offerings.

The Twingo is now more in the vein of the charismatic first-gen car (never sold in the UK but had a huge following), although it’s not as much fun to drive as it looks like it should be.

Renault Twingo 1.2 Dynamique 75
P11D price £10,350
Model price range £7795-£14,995
Fuel consumption 55.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 119g/km (10%)
BIK 20/40% per month £17/£35
Service interval 18,000 miles
Insurance (1-50) group 12 (est.)
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space min/max 230/959 litres
Engine size/power 1149cc/75hp
Top speed/0-62mph 105mph/12.3secs
On sale Early 2012
Score 6/10
Verdict More appealing city car
with impressive interior
quality that is still off the
pace for efficiency and
driving dynamics