Assessing the Twizy's value proposition is rather awkward. After all, what do you compare it to? Probably, the smart fortwo electric drive is this model's only conceivable competitor, but even there, you're talking about something much more car-like which will cost you a few thousand more. Up-front asking prices are hobbled by the fact that, rather unfairly, this model (unlike Renault's other EV cars) doesn't qualify for the government's usual £5,000 PiCG Plug-in Car Grant for all-electric vehicles. Even so, it still seems very affordable, with list prices ranging from just under £7,000 to just under £8,000, depending on the trim level you choose. At first glance, that looks pretty good value when you consider that a high-end electric scooter like a Vectrix VX-1 will cost you over £7,000.
Bear in mind though, that no all-electric Renault includes the cost of its battery in the asking price. For that, you've to take out a battery rental agreement with Renault, the cost of which will vary on your projected annual mileage and planned ownership period. At launch, the three year figures varied between £45 and £57 per month for annual mileages of between 4,500 and 9,000. For three years of driving, in other words, you've to budget for another couple of thousand pounds of outlay on top of the cost of the car.
The model range is fairly simple with a few trim levels that really aren't that different to one another. The motive power remains exactly the same, it's just that should you ascend the range you eventually end up with gear like alloy wheels, metallic paint and floor mats.