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The Renault Twingo gets a new face thanks to its 2019 update

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Since the current generation of Twingo came out in 2014, it has sold well in mainland Europe and Renault has decided to give it a midlife facelift.

This is all well and good, but Renault UK has decided to pull the Twingo due to poor sales. Fellow DriveTriber, James Stewart has done an article about this piece of news which can be found here.

Anyway, let's talk about this facelift.

The exterior

Despite being called a facelift, the main focus is personalisation of the cute city car. One of the stand out features of the facelift is the slightly redesigned front end with a new bumper, light clusters and a refined grille.

The rear part of the car gets a slight update too with a few bits of chrome here and there, and most importantly, a handle on the glass boot which has been a glaring omission since the car originally came out.

And if you like colours, the new Twingo will be offered with an additional two new colours. These are called Mango Yellow and Quartz White. Weirdly, the engineers have decided to lower the suspension on the Twingo by 10mm. This is probably to reduce drag and increase economy. Speaking of drag, a rear mounted fairing has been fitted to help reduce drag.

The interior

There isn't much to say about the interior other than a raft of welcome additions which should be standard on a modern car. The updated Twingo gets a new centre console featuring an adjustable phone holder, two USB ports, an AUX socket, as well as the buttons for engine stop/start and cruise control/speed limiter.

Two new multimedia systems are available: R&Go and Easy Link, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. Both come with the Renault Easy Connect connected services and are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A few other improvements include a modernised gearknob, a normal glovebox as standard on all models and a reinforced parcel shelf. Truly thrilling stuff.

The engines

The engine line up for 2019 has been refined down to two engines, both with two different versions. So, the entry-level engine is the 1.0 3-cylinder engine which comes with either 65bhp or 75bhp. Both tunes come with a 5-speed manual gearbox and no turbocharging. The other engine is the 0.9 3-cylinder engine which comes with a mighty 93bhp. With this engine, you get a turbocharger and a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

However for 2019, the Twingo GT has been discontinued. This will disappoint buyers who want something which isn't a Suzuki Swift Sport or a VW Up! GTI.

What do you think?

Did you ever like the Twingo? Do you own one? Let me know in the comment section down below.

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