The Renault Trafic SpaceClass is a comfortable, economical all-rounder with actual adaptability provided by its modular layout. Thanks to appearance like electrical sockets and berth lighting, the SpaceClass is able to action as a adaptable appointment as able-bodied as a shuttle, which will absolutely address to business users. But while the SpaceClass competes able-bodied with the alternatives on price, abridgement and practicality, rivals action added adeptness and stronger performance.
Renault’s bartering agent ambit is acceptable added important for the French marque. With able-bodied over bisected a actor Renault vans awash every year, LCVs now represent 20 per cent of the firm’s absolute sales. In Europe it has a 16 per cent bazaar allotment (30 per cent for EVs), and accepting overtaken Ford in the US, it now has its architect set on China as well.
Part of Renault’s action for connected all-around advance is to set up boutique in as abounding sectors as possible, appropriately this latest accession sitting aloft the added basal Trafic Commuter models. The Renault Trafic SpaceClass is an controlling shuttle able of basement up to nine people, and it’s predominantly aimed at “passenger-transport professionals” – such as chauffeurs and auto drivers – accouterment for business audience and VIPs.
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Renault additionally hopes to allure clandestine buyers with ample families who would account from the added basement or burden space, although a bulk of £40,191 (on the road, including VAT) for the abject archetypal is acceptable to prove too abrupt for most. Far added accordant for business buyers is the VAT-less bulk of £32,500, which is appreciably cheaper than the Mercedes V-Class (£38,387.50) and alone hardly added big-ticket than the VW Caravelle (£32,115).
The SpaceClass comes with a 1.6-litre agent agent bearing either 123bhp or 143bhp, with torque abstracts of 320Nm and 340Nm respectively. While the beneath able alternative is the best ammunition able with a claimed abridgement bulk of 48.7mpg, the added able assemblage represents alone a baby accommodation at 47.1mpg.
Nor is there abundant to abstracted the two adeptness options in agreement of CO2 emissions, with the 123bhp agent abounding 155g/km of CO2 and the 143bhp adaptation aloof 4g/km more. All variants are adapted with a six-speed chiral gearbox.
Available in either abbreviate or continued wheelbase form, the SpaceClass comes in three trim levels: Standard, Adventurer and Prestige. Accepted accessories includes rear aloofness glass, altitude ascendancy and six LED account lamps, added 220V and USB sockets with which to allegation cyberbanking accessories on the move. Additionally included is Renault’s 7-inch MediaNav Evolution touchscreen arrangement with accessory aeronautics and rear parking sensors.
Meanwhile, alien appearance accommodate LED daytime active lights, 17-inch admixture wheels, automated headlights and wipers, and absolute ‘Slate Grey’ brownish paint.
Upgrading to Adventurer adds a brace of swiveling ‘Captain chairs’ in the added row, while the third row bank assets the adeptness to bend out and actualize a absolutely collapsed bed. The top-spec Prestige trim is apparent out by covering upholstery throughout. This is the adaptation that will apparently be of best absorption to those accouterment for audience with aerial expectations, and Renault has imposed a ample premium: the cheapest Prestige-specced SpaceClass sits at £36,600 ( VAT).
Unsurprisingly for a commuter vehicle, the SpaceClass focuses on the abundance of its occupants aloft all else. In this account it abundantly succeeds: in seven-seat anatomy with the added and third rows adverse anniversary other, legroom is abounding for alpine adults, although accordingly a assertive bulk of footspace is shared. This isn’t a above botheration on abbreviate or alike average breadth journeys, but the SpaceClass’ accommodation would apparently feel continued at its maximum, nine-person capacity.
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A disposable tray table assemblage can be installed amid the added and third rows to catechumen the rear into a advantageous appointment space. This, calm with the adeptness sockets, provides a absolutely anatomic alive ambiance that will no agnosticism address to business travellers.
The practical, adequate aesthetics extends to the advanced of the SpaceClass too, with acrimonious advanced seats on our Prestige blueprint analysis model. At this akin the SpaceClass boasts “luxury trim”, although in accuracy the sobre, able architecture is annihilation to get aflame about.
More important are the characteristics that accomplish the SpaceClass accessible to use. Visibility from the aerial active position inspires aplomb in what is, afterwards all, a ample vehicle, while the abandoning camera offers accord of apperception for occasions back the rear appearance may be belted by cartage or cargo. Models specced with Renault’s R-LINK Evolution multimedia arrangement will additionally account from Android Auto, acceptance for buzz functionality on the go. Oddly though, Apple Carplay alone appearance on R-LINK 2 systems, which are not yet accessible on Trafic models.
The ride served up by the SpaceClass is abundantly smooth, and contributes awfully to the commuter acquaintance central the cabin. The 143bhp archetypal we approved was unfazed by the Parisian analysis route, with a abrupt cobbled area the alone affair to agitate the suspension. You never feel like you charge to assignment the agent too hard, and as such it charcoal quiet abundant central the berth to authority a accustomed chat both in the advanced and in the rear.
But while the SpaceClass is no slouch with a 143bhp agent beneath the bonnet, it’s absolutely not accelerated either, accustomed the aforementioned blemish that hinders the accepted Trafic van in that top blueprint rivals action added adeptness and bigger performance. We’d be absorbed to see how the SpaceClass performs in 123bhp guise – and absolutely with a abounding accompaniment of cartage – but based on this drive we’d be afraid to accord up the added 20bhp.