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Renault Twingo and VW Up in the test: small whole foods

Achim Hartmann
Renault Twingo and VW Up tested
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M some insights are easy to cope with, others hurt. The fact that Volkswagen neglected the Lupo was certainly just as painful as Renault's decision to transform the spherical, mischievous Twingo into a serious small car in 2007.

Now that the insight comes the turning point: Renault Twingo is allowed to flirt with cute headlights again and specifically warm women's hearts. They knocked for him earlier. For the rendezvous with the new Renault Twingo we have the VW Up laden, who is in a pretty good mood after his first test of strength. In any case, in the first comparison test, it left Fiat 500, Ford Ka and Peugeot 107 behind.

Technically little new in the Renault Twingo

The Renault Twingo was prevented at the time, it was just at the cosmetic surgeon's. Technically, however, it has not changed much. Is that enough to oppose the VW Up to claim? The first surprise can be found in the price lists: The VW is cheaper. It starts at 9,850 euros, the Renault Twingo at 9,990 euros. The fact that the Renault has 15 HP more than the VW in the basic version pales when you look at the safety equipment. With the exception of one version, the Renault Twingo is withheld from ESP as standard. I beg your pardon? In fact: the system costs 300 euros extra. The VW Up has the electronic anti-skid protection as standard - OK then. If you want 75 horses under the hood, its price rises to 10,450 euros.

If the Renault Twingo with radio, air conditioning and ESP is in front of the door, it costs 11,580 euros. The 75 PS strong VW Up is 11,345 euros. When comparing the basic equipment of the small cars, it is noticeable how generous Renault is. With both VW Up and Renault Twingo, the bumpers always shine in the vehicle color, the trunk can be enlarged by folding down the backrests, the steering columns can be adjusted in height, and there is a coffee cup holder. Renault also packs fog lights, an on-board computer, electric windows, central locking and cruise control.

Their character is also different. During the RenaultTwingo gives the friendly, playful guy who (still) has hidden, fiddly levers instead of ironing door handles and lets digital numbers dance in his speedometer - in the middle of the dashboard - the VW Up embodies a modern, well-trained climber with firm skin and tidy Inner space. From the clearly arranged round instruments to the double loading floor, which together with the folding rear seats creates a flat surface, it has hardly any weaknesses in the interior. But it doesn't surprise with clever ideas either.

Renault Twingo is more variable than the VW Up

The Renault Twingo is. From the Liberty trim level onwards, it has two individual seats that can be moved lengthways in the rear. In the rearmost position you sit very comfortably on them and enjoy more legroom than in the VW Up. And if you want to transport a small washing machine, you can fold the seats and fold them forward. He underpins his practical talent with a lower loading sill and a little more payload.

In the first row, the Renault Twingo cannot keep its lead because the seats are too short and the upholstery is reminiscent of a cozy sofa . In the VW Up, the front seats are more tightly padded and more comfortable. Its easy-entry function works just as well as that in the Twingo.

The fact that the Renault Twingo has one more cylinder than the Up does not help it much. Its four-cylinder runs more smoothly, but it only really gets going above 3,500 rpm. He can only just win the sprint duel against the VW, whose three-cylinder is lively on the gas, subjectively accelerates faster and pulls through better. In addition, it consumes a little less premium gasoline than the Renault Twingo at 6.5 liters /100 km.

VW Up sets new standards in suspension and noise comfort

The particular strength of the VW Up lies in the suspension - and noise comfort. Here he sets new standards for the very little ones. Although the Renault Twingo does not roll off woodenly, cushions away many potholes and filters out most of the wind noise - the VW Up does it all even better. The Renault Twingo has caught up with the steering, it reacts less synthetically than before and gives the driver more feedback. The VW Up turns in a little more sporty and precise, which is particularly noticeable when dancing around the pylons. Braking performance and ESP coordination are both convincing. VW scores with a city emergency braking system (590 euros, from Move equipment) that automatically detects impending rear-end collisions up to 30 km /h and initiates emergency braking.

Which one should you use? Anyone looking for a cool, well-designed small car with serious ambitions will be happy with the fairly priced VW Up. The better equipped Renault Twingo, on the other hand, is a hip toddler, which not only appears more colorful, but also offers more variability. Renault lets hima few loving details that make it special. That is also well received. Even in feminine raspberry red.

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