Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Plug Me In.
It's official: I want a Twizy. There are many reasons why I shouldn't, but I would be willing to ignore them. The lists of faults that one can find with it is at least as long as the list of strengths, but it truly stands out as a new type of transportation, and is worthy of a close look. For now I will concentrate on the vehicle itself, and another time will explain the TwizyWay rental experience.
There are no door handles on the outside, so you have to reach inside and pull on a lever to open the doors. They lift up easily, and give easy access into the front seat. For those that complain about how 'plasticky' new cars have become, stay away! Everything is dark, hard plastic, from the floor to the dash to the seats to the ceiling. When one considers the fact that neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail can be stopped from entering the Twizy, it starts to make sense. It is clearly an interior that can be hosed or rinsed out without worrying about damaging anything. In any other vehicle I would insist that such a basic, plastic interior is a huge weak point, but in this case it gets a pass, and actually becomes a plus.
Enough of the window shopping, it's time to get in the drivers seat. The padding is much more comfortable than it looks, though it is clear it would not be after a long drive. But as a city car with limited range, you won't ever be driving for hours at a time, so this isn't a big issue. The seat has great fore-aft travel, so people with short and long legs can fit. It is upon reaching for the handle to change the seatback angle that one of the biggest problems with the car jumps out: there is no handle. The seat is a one-piece molded plastic unit, and offers no angle adjustement. For my tastes it was much too upright, and as a result I could not get comfortable.
Posted by Paul Simmons