Renault Twizy Insurance Group and Review

The Renault Twizy is a very small electric car that has two seats and gives an extremely economical performance. Its tiny size and futuristic looks mark it out an interesting alternative to the other city cars on the market right now, although it seems fair to say that it isn’t to everyone’s taste.

It was introduced to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 and started being sold in Europe in 2012. Indeed, it went on to become Europe’s best selling plug-in electric car in that same year.

The Twizy was released in the shape of three different models and, interestingly, the purchase price doesn’t include the battery pack. Instead, this is leased to the owner for a monthly fee which includes a guarantee and roadside assistance.

The open side of this car is one of the stand-out features and technically it is classed as a quadricycle. The battery gives a range of up to 62 miles (100 km).

The Models

The most basic model at the launch was the Twizy Urban 45, which offers 5 horsepower and a maximum speed of only 28 mph (45 km/h). These characteristics mean that it can be driven in many European countries by young drivers or moped licence holders.

Next up is the Twizy Urban 80, with 17hp and a maximum speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). These Urban models were replaced by the new Expression, with only minor and mainly cosmetic changes. Adding a dash of fun to the range is the bright and bold Colour model, which also comes in both 45 and 80 variants.

The Technic model adds a more interesting design and also comes in 45 and 80 varieties. In more recent models the Technic has been replaced by the Dynamique, with no major changes.

Finally, the Twizy Cargo is designed for carrying around goods and replaces the passenger seat with a 180 litre cargo box capable of holding up to 165lb (75 kg). Again, there are 45 and 80 models to choose from.

The Insurance Group

You probably expect such a small and economical car to also be cheap to insure, right? Well, this small car has been classified as a rather disappointing group 10 or 11 in the group listings.

It isn’t clear why the group rating is so high for the Renault Twizy. After all, most of its main city car rivals enjoy far lower ratings. While the lack of petrol costs makes running it easier on the wallet, this relatively high insurance cost and the battery leasing fee could make it more expensive to own than you might have expected. If you are considering buying this car then it would make sense to get an insurance quote first so that you have a good idea of what to expect.

Who Would Want One?

It seems clear that the Twizy has been designed with city dwellers firmly in mind. The open design, lack of power and limited range all add up to make it far from ideal for long distance driving on the motorway.

However, if you have a short commute and need a car that can squeeze into even the tightest space then this is an option worth considering. Plus, you will be doing your bit to look after the planet as well.

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