a real alternative to Zoe?

Six long years after the launch of the third generation Twingo, the Twingo Electric is finally here. Because Renault has waited a long time to be sure to choose the right moment and not to overshadow the Zoe. A real internal competitor or a more accessible alternative? Answer in our essay.

It made you wonder why she still didn’t exist! Why was the Renault Twingo Electric not yet in the catalog when its technical twin, the Smart ForFour had become 100% electric since its last restyling? However, it was not technically complicated, since this platform was even developed especially to be electrified. In any case, this time it is, the famous Twingo is finally electric. It is also the only engine option now available in the Renault catalog. The diamond firm even tells us that it would ultimately be better than the thermal version. This has not fallen on deaf ears, we’ll check it out!

With sales of electric vehicles starting to take off, it was time for Renault to launch what it calls Twingo Electric, Twingo E-Tech or even Twingo ZE for “Zero Emissions”. Only problem the day after the launch of the French city car in electric version, the ecological bonus of 7,000 euros maximum is about to lose 1,000 euros. Too bad, especially for a car that wants to make its price its main force. However, this is not really the case with our Vibes version which peaks at more than 26,000 euros excluding bonuses. Once this is removed, that makes us a Twingo Electric at 19,000 euros, for a limited edition version which adds 16-inch rims (15 original), specific upholstery and an Arkamys audio system. Rest assured, the Life model is displayed at 21,350 euros which brings it around 15,000 euros once the bonus (limited to 27% of the price) has been deducted. Except that at this rate, no radio or air conditioning.

Finally, it is perhaps the Intens version which will certainly be the most attractive for the majority of customers: from 18,600 euros bonus deducted, ie 1,000 euros more than the late TCe 95 EDC version. This is further proof of the value of the “zero emission” version.

Renault Twingo E-Tech Electric test

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Motorization and technologies

Compared to the Smart ForFour, the small city car in Losange opts for slightly larger batteries. With its 22 kWh, the battery of the Twingo Electric has a WLTP range of 190 km in mixed routes and up to 270 km in the city. Once empty, you have to wait 15 hours to recharge the battery from 0 to 80% on a domestic socket of 2.3 kW / 10 A and 1 hour on a terminal capable of delivering more energy and with the “Caméleon” charger. 22 kW delivered as standard. Still, like any electric car, it will be necessary to face the setbacks related to the availability and condition of charging stations.

All this makes it possible to supply an engine of 82 horses largely sufficient for a city car of this size. It is lively at startup in a silence rather appreciated by the occupants despite its weight which approaches 1,200 kg. Even more than its silence, it stands out for its remarkable comfort and the absence of vibrations that was much criticized for the version equipped with the three-cylinder engine. And even ! Our limited series Vibes and its 16-inch alloy rims are certainly slightly less comfortable than models equipped with the smaller rims.

Light steering is also one of its major assets with its very small turning radius: this allows it to be very comfortable in town. It is appreciable, especially in the narrowest Parisian streets and to find a place at a time when they are constantly becoming scarce. Indeed, the engine placed at the rear sends its power … to the rear, which allows the front wheels to turn more.

Renault Twingo E-Tech Electric test

Reasonable autonomy, appreciable agility

Leaving the narrow streets of the capital, we also take the Twingo Electric out of its comfort zone. However, it remains pleasant to maneuver, turning flat while linking turns with flexibility and agility. Attention, no question of speaking of any sportiness but simply of efficiency. With its 82 horsepower, it does not struggle and reaches its maximum speed of 135 km / h without running out of steam. However, do not overuse this top speed otherwise the autonomy will bring you back to reality faster than expected!

If in town you can imagine slightly exceeding 200 km without needing to recharge, you should not be fooled on small roads. Outside urban areas, it is necessary to count on 160 km before rushing on a terminal. However, it is more than sufficient for daily use but it will be necessary to move towards a Zoe much more versatile but also slightly more expensive. To avoid panic after passing the fateful 25% bar, Renault has thought of equipping the Twingo E-Tech with the Easy Connect system which will allow you to locate nearby charging stations. and even indicates their availability.

Renault Twingo E-Tech Electric test

Unchanged interior

Inside the new Twingo Electric, it is difficult to see the changes compared to the thermal version. Even the key is always the same, and it must always be inserted into the “old-fashioned” neiman. We just notice a point “B” on the gear lever which allows you to choose between three braking energy recovery modes. Useful in town and on small roads to try to give the battery a little more force and not to hit the brakes.

The infotainment system is similar but features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology on our top-of-the-range test model. For the rest it is in all respects similar to a thermal Twingo, at the front as at the rear. Even the trunk keeps the same capacity, except that you have to store the cables needed for recharging.

Renault Twingo Electric, the small city car is electrified – TURBO test of 25/10/2020

Renault Twingo E-Tech Electric test


With a prohibitive price, the Smart EQ Forfour is not really a competitor of the Twingo Electric. Indeed, it costs at least 27,300 euros while it offers reduced autonomy. There are still the Volkswagen e-ups! and Seat Mii Electric which are relatively close to the French city car in terms of price (from around 23,000 euros). However, the slight surplus is explained by a slightly higher level of benefits.

All things considered, the biggest competitor would ultimately be the Zoe. Indeed, it is displayed at more than 10,000 euros more than the micro-city car, but it benefits from the entire ecological bonus which lowers the final bill of the queen of electrics to the Losange. This could ultimately hurt the Twingo. Too bad because the faultless was not far. Fortunately, its more advantageous size for the hyper-center can still make the difference without forgetting that it remains much cheaper than the Zoe, especially at an equivalent level of finish. This should allow the new electric Renault to position itself as an alternative to the Zoe more than as a real competitor.

Renault Twingo E-Tech Electric test

Technical characteristics Renault Twingo Electric

Renault Twingo Electric Vibes Technical Sheet
Model tested: Renault Twingo Electric Vibes
Dimensions L x l x h 3.62 / 1.65 / 1.54 meter (s)
Wheelbase 2.49 meters
Min / max trunk volume 240 liters
Unloaded weight 1.111 to 1.168 kg
Transmission Propulsion
Electric power 82 chevaux (60 kW)
Couple 160 Nm
Drums 22 kWh
Autonomy announced 190 km in mixed / 270 in the city (WLTP cycle)
Maximum speed 135 km/h
0 to 100 km / h 12,9 s
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