The latest Renault Wind cars in stock
Many people associate Renault with rather everyday people carriers and commuter vehicles; others, though, will think of the company’s highly successful sports division that powered Vettel and Red Bull to four F1 world championships. The Wind is probably a pretty faithful blend of the two – an unashamedly sporty little two-seater that’s perfectly drivable around the city or countryside. It was launched in 2010, six years after its appearance at the Paris Motor Show as a concept vehicle. The standout feature of the Wind is its convertible roof. It’s completely automatic, so park up and the job will be done in 12 seconds, as the boot lifts up and the roof folds into its space. But you’re in for a surprise if you think that’s where your use of the boot stops – even with the roof retracted the whole assembly lifts up to give you a perfectly useful 270-litre space to store your things. While it’s not a sports car, the Wind has plenty of nods in that direction: low-set sports seats, responsive drive and a 133 horse power 1.6 litre engine (and it’s also available in a 1.2 litre turbo version).