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Renault Wind (2010-2013)

The Renault Wind is a compact two-seater coupe-roadster based on the popular Twingo hatchback. The car’s development was handled by performance and handling experts, Renaultsport and results in a responsive drive. The innovative hardtop roof rotates in one piece through 180 degrees flipping over from its position to slip upside-down underneath the rear panel. This keeps complexity and weight to a minimum while providing a secure and attractive roof that operates in just 12 seconds.

On the down-side rear visibility is poor. Luggage space is better than a Mini or MX-5 but well behind the Vauxhall/Opel Tigra and Peugeot 207CC.

The right-hand drive version of the Wind along with several other models were discontinued in 2012 with left-hand drive cars ending production in 2013. Even a sporty Gordini trim package couldn’t keep it from an early grave. The low production numbers of the Wind mean that well-kept cars have the potential to become collectable classics in the future.

Renault Wind Details

Production dates2010-2013
Luggage capacity270 litres
Fuel tank capacity60 litres
Warranty distance60,000 miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals12,500 miles

Renault Wind 1.2 TCe 100

The turbocharged 1.2 litre Renault wind is more comfortable to drive than the larger engined model. The power delivery comes low down in the rev range making it feel responsive without the need to spin the engine at high speeds. It grips well with the 17-inch wheels and has a nice level of precision in the steering.

Renault Wind 1.2 TCe 100 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1598 cc
Power100@5500 bhp
Torque112@3500 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £12,995
UK Insurance group16

Renault Wind 1.2 TCe 100 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)118 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)10.5 seconds

Renault Wind 1.2 TCe 100 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)44.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)145 g/km

Renault Wind 1.6 VVT 133

The 1.6 VVT Renault Wind being the most powerful in the range would seem the best option for driver enjoyment but it can become tiring to drive as the engine needs to be revved hard to get the available power. There is plenty of fun to be had, but you have to work the little car hard to find it. For everyday driving, we go for the smaller turbocharged engine.

Renault Wind 1.6 VVT 133 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1598 cc
Power133@6750 bhp
Torque118@4400 lb.ft
Transmission type5-Speed Manual
UK Retail pricefrom £13,895
UK Insurance group20

Renault Wind 1.6 VVT 133 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)125 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)9.2 seconds

Renault Wind 1.6 VVT 133 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)40.9 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)165 g/km

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5 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a Renault Wind? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Renault has 5 owner reviews.

  1. Janet McPherson says:

    We bought a Wind 1.2 GT Line on the 28th April and after 10 days and one 300-mile round trip rejected it, returned it for a full refund and got our 08 Tigra back. It is NOT a convertible for serious driving and is aptly named as the wind turbulence and noise inside the car is so horrendous you can’t hear the radio, Tomtom or each other AND suffer a 50% increase in fuel consumption. Even with the roof up it is noisy and turbulent at speed – a little like turbulence on a plane. Armrest is too low to lean on and storage space nil but you would put up with this if it was a nice drive – it’s not! Parking sensors are a MUST and should be fitted as standard as rear vision is extremely limited. If you want a car with a good stereo and a clever poser’s roof for around town it’s the car for you, but do insist on a proper test drive on the open road first!

  2. leila says:

    i have had my renault wind roadster since jan 2011 and i absolutely adore it, i DONT find it noisy inside at all, the seats remind me of the recaro bucket seats and are so comfortable! Unlike the tigra, peugeot and vw this is a head turner, due to many people stopping me and asking me numerous questions about this ‘great looking car’- its my treasure x

  3. Nicole McGinnity says:

    I have had my Renault Wind for about a month now and I absolutely love it. I also dont find it noisy inside and with the roof up or down I can clearly listen to music and have a conversation with anyone with me. The car is a definate head turner and the seats are so comfortable. The only downside is visability to the rear however as I have not had the car long I am getting used to it. The bluetooth/mp3 is simple and easy to use and there is ample boot space which is a bonus:). I would not change my car for anything, I love it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to buy one.

  4. Jim says:

    I’ve had this car for 3yrs in March nice wee car but time for change sorry to see it go, getting a vw cabriolet.

  5. Gerry shivers says:

    Greatly underrated the turbo whistle from the 1.2 sounds great.fab road holding super steering heated seats cruise control great looking car all for about 6k bargain buy one today you will not be disappointed do not take any notice of those would be reviewers trust me Gerry.

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