It is difficult to oppose a model to the Dacia Spring. It is the only low-cost proposition on the electric market, with a great price starting at € 16,990 excluding bonus and € 12,403 after its application. No one in front. So you have to look within the Renault group itself, to find the other cheapest electric car on the market: the Twingo Electric, which today must be called “E-Tech”. It is displayed from € 21,350, or € 15,885 bonus deducted. So here is a somewhat fratricidal comparison.
The Dacia Spring and Renault Twingo E-Tech at the Caradisiac 2021 show
Video shot on 05/20/2021 at the Caradisiac show.
Design: not much to criticize
The Dacia Spring looks like a city car, but its look is closer to a small, raised crossover. It uses the Renault City K-ZE model, which is sold only in emerging countries. It is therefore quite high on its legs, the wing guards are part of the game, the wide Duster-style grille too. The optics are double-decker and the door sills also feature protections, as on a Captur for example. It doesn’t feel like it’s a low-end vehicle, it’s quite pleasant to look at. And the template is between that of the Twingo (3.63 m) and the Zoé (4.06 m), or 3.73 m.
For its part, we know the little Twingo well, minicitadine of the diamond brand, and best seller in its segment in France. It is shorter, and its architecture is different. Since she shares her platform with Smart, it’s been a boost. Short hood, wheels at the 4 corners, some stylistic references to the turbo R5 are its characteristics. She also returned to that jovial side that made the success of the Twingo 1, and that the 2 had somewhat forgotten. In short, she is cute, and colorful.
Our choice: equality.
On board: a more modern and better finished Twingo
On board the Spring, it feels like an older generation of Sandero. The presentation is not of a crazy modernity, but we still have a multimedia touch screen, while the Twingo is deprived of it. The quality of the plastics is basic but the assemblies are correct. All the upholstery is economical, the upholstery and carpets too, but frankly, we expected worse.
For its part, the Twingo benefits from a more modern and jovial design, with touches of color. But the quality of the plastics is not exceptional either. Just like everything that is done in the category, however. But it’s better than Spring. If there is no screen (optional), you can connect your smartphone and via a dedicated application, use this screen for navigation and multimedia.
Our choice: The Renault Twingo.
Roominess / trunk: necessarily limited
The Spring is larger by ten centimeters and takes advantage of the trunk volume, announcing a volume of 270 liters, against 219 liters for the Twingo, which has also completely lost its sliding seat. Bench folded down, the Twingo regains the advantage, with 980 liters against 620 for the Spring. But if the luggage will be more comfortable with the bench seat in place, the passengers will be more cramped than in the Twingo. The latter is indeed wider (1.64 m against 1.57 m), to the benefit of shoulder space. In the Spring, we feel quite cramped. In short, each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Our choice: equality.
Range of motors: unique proposition in both cases
As is often the case with electric cars, the choice of engine is limited. But here it’s very simple, there is an engine for each.
The Spring has a block of 44 hp and 125 Nm. Very modest power, just like performance, with a 0 to 100 km / h in 19.1 s. and a top speed of 125 km / h. It may seem ridiculous on paper but in fact, the Spring fits easily into urban traffic, and even extra-urban. On the other hand, the highway is an ordeal. Its 27.4 kWh battery promises a range of 230 km on a mixed circuit. For recharging, it will take less than 14 hours on a mains socket and less than 8:30 a.m. on a reinforced 3.7 kW socket, which is already perfectly sufficient for conventional use. But if you are in a hurry, you can have as an option for 250 € a mode 3 cable to charge up to 6.6 kW and fill up with electrons in less than 5 hours and even, in exchange for 600 €, a DC charger that climbs up to 30 kW with a full charge in less than 30 minutes!
The Twingo’s battery is smaller. Its 22 kWh allow 190 km of autonomy on a mixed route. And its 81 hp and 160 Nm engine, derived from that of the Zoe, gives it much more “contemporary” performance. The 0 to 100 is carried out in 12.9 s. and the top speed is 135 km / h. For recharging, the Twingo E-Tech does not accept fast recharging, but its on-board charger as standard can go up to 22 kW. On a 2.3 kW domestic socket, the recharging time is 15 hours, on a Green’Up / Wallbox 3.7 kW socket, it drops to 8 hours and 30 minutes, on a 7.4 kW Wallbox it will be 4 hours. Finally on a public 11 kW terminal, it will be 2 hours and 10 minutes to go from 0 to 80%. At the maximum power of 22 kW, it will take 1 hour for the same operation.
Suddenly, each has its strengths and weaknesses. The Twingo is more efficient but its radius of action is less. It also recharges less quickly than the Spring if you take the fast charge option. But faster as standard.
Our choice: equality.
Technology: low-cost vs basic generalist
Neither of these two cars is equipped with the most advanced technologies of the moment. The Spring can have a touch screen, a reversing camera, smartphone connectivity, and now mandatory equipment (ESP, hill start aid, tire pressure warning, automatic emergency braking, but this the latter only recognizes cars and not pedestrians or cyclists).
The Twingo can have the EasyLink multimedia system with smartphone compatibility, navigation, camera and reversing radar, but also heated seats, car air conditioning, electric and heated mirrors, etc.
Our choice: the Renault Twingo.
On the road: a more comfortable Twingo
As we have said, the Spring remains surprisingly comfortable in traffic, despite its modest power, its weight reduces the aid a lot (970 kg). Its comfort remains decent, and the low center of gravity helps to limit the taking of roll. However, it is very poorly soundproofed and you can hear a lot of rolling noise, air, and squeaking from the passenger compartment. It makes for a very dated ride, but around town it’s honest and it squeezes in with ease.
The Twingo is even more comfortable in the city. Its punch is real and its propulsion architecture gives it a record turning circle of 8.6 m between sidewalks. She almost turns around on herself!
Stiffer in suspension, it is also more dynamic but this causes some trepidation on bad surfaces. Its heavier weight (1,168 kg) does not feel at all, given the more torque. Finally, it is better filtered in terms of noise, and therefore less tiring on long journeys, especially outside the pure city.
Our choice: the Renault Twingo
Dacia Spring against Renault Twingo E-Tech: the Caradisiac verdict
|Habitability / Safe||Equality|
|Choice of engines||Equality|
|On the road||Twingo|
|THE VERDICT CARADISIAC||Dacia Spring: 0 – Renault Twingo: 3 – Tie: 3|
The winner: Renault Twingo E-Tech
The Renault Twingo’s only flaw compared to the Dacia Spring is a smaller trunk. For the rest, it surpasses it in all areas, except perhaps for fast charging. So certainly, the Spring does not demerit, and we expected much worse, but it must bow. At least at the points, and considering that the price difference is only one aspect among others.
But if we take into account the price, € 3,500 lower after deduction of the bonus, that puts things in perspective. And can give great interest to the Spring again.
A thousand times thank you to the whole family Micheletty who welcomed us in his cirque located in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, very close to Paris. Their professionalism and availability made it possible for the first time to organize an auto show in a circus! Hats off to the artists!
Partner of the 1st Caradisiac show, last year, the Prévost Group is by our side again in 2021 to manage the logistics of transporting the 120 cars exhibited during the Caradisiac Electric / Hybride 2021 Show. A decisive support for the success of the event.