When arriving at your local Renault dealer to order your Twingo, life is a very simple process. Not only is there just one engine offered (the 74bhp 1.2) there is just the one trim level, too: Dynamique. All other trims and engines were axed as part of Renault’s UK range overhaul in early 2012.

For your money – a smidgen over £10,000 – you get a remarkably well-specced car in the Renault Twingo 1.2 Dynamique. Standard kit includes electric front windows, cruise control, 15in alloys, electrically adjusted door mirrors, air-con and tinted rear windows.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Options list includes racing stripes, vibrant colours and different alloys

With such a generous amount of equipment, it’s easy to keep the cost of a Twingo down. The options list mainly consists of racing stripes, vibrant colour choices and different alloy wheel designs should you want to turn your Twingo into a rival to the Citroën DS3 or Mini.

The Twingo should also prove to be a cheap car to run; it dips below the 120g/km CO2 emissions threshold (119g/km), so its first year road fund licence is free and after that it’s just £30 per year.

On our test, the Twingo rarely dropped below 50mpg, even under more spirited driving. Its official figure is 55.4mpg, something that’s achievable in everyday conditions.

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Insurance wise, the Twingo sits in Group 9. For comparison, a 68bhp 1.2-litre-powered Fiat 500 can be found in Group 5 in its entry-level Pop trim.

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