Look at the headline figure and the Twizy is one of the cheapest ‘cars’ on the road, with prices starting at £10,895. That even compares well with some ‘maxi’ scooters (those with bigger engines and sometimes two front wheels) which might be an alternative for urban commuting. If you are thinking the price used to be a lot less, you'd be right. Renault has recently removed the requirement to lease the battery which has pushed up the cost to buy the Twizy but means you aren't forced to pay a monthly fee to use the battery. This will make it far easier to sell on when you no longer need your Twizy - the lease cost was a major turn off for traders and private buyers alike.
If you want to make it even more expensive there are two other models – the Dynamique, which adds floor mats and alloys wheels but costs an extra £800. The most expensive Twizy is the Cargo. It is based on the cheapest Expression model, but has the rear passenger space converted into a ‘boot’, making it into a tiny van for urban deliveries.
There is a massive array of extras on offer for all the models. You can choose Bluetooth kits, leg warming blankets and even flourescent camo paint wraps, if you are so inclined. The most popular option is a pair of doors at £545. These provide some limited protection from the weather and in accidents.
The only way to get around which will be cheaper than a Twizy is to walk or cycle. Even then the cost of shoe leather might be more than the running this little Renault. Road tax is free and it costs very little to charge, with a quid's worth of electricity taking you up to 65 miles.
There are a few points to be careful of though. Servicing should be cheap, but not all Renault dealers can accommodate a Twizy so you might have to go further afield - and that might be out of the Twizy's range if you live in the sticks.
Depreciation could also be a big cost. The ghost of the battery lease still hangs over the Twizy and means traders and private customers alike are wary of them in the second hand market, pushing prices lower.