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Renault Trafic

The independent definitive Renault Trafic video review

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    HEAVY TRAFIC (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The improved version of Renault's third generation Trafic van looks a stronger proposition, as Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 68

    In this improved version of the third generation design, the Renault Trafic LCV gets a range of more efficient 2.0-litre dCi diesel engines, the option of EDC auto transmission and a smarter cabin with extra technology. As before, there's a choice of two lengths and two roof heights for the panel vans and the cabins have been designed to function as mobile offices. It's still a strong contender.

    Backgroundword count: 138

    Renault's Trafic is one of those vehicles that has quietly inveigled itself into an almost invisible ubiquity. They're everywhere, but are such a part of the automotive landscape that they barely register. Unless, that is, you're looking to run a fleet of vans and then the Trafic registers front and centre of your buying decision and has done since it first appeared in Renault dealers back in 1981. That first generation model was replaced here in 2001 with a second generation model that saw service for thirteen years. In 2015, this third generation model waded into the fray against rivals like the Volkswagen Transporter and the Ford Transit Custom, not to mention its design siblings, the Vauxhall Vivaro, the Fiat Talento and the Nissan NV300. It was updated in mid-2019 to create the LCV we're looking at here.

    Driving Experienceword count: 197

    New 2.0-litre, turbocharged dCi engines and the availability of a six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission ensure this Trafic LCV is better suited to the needs of business customers. All engines comply with Euro 6d-TEMP standards and, with a variable geometry turbocharger, achieve greater power outputs spanning from 120 to 170hp and increased torque of up to 380Nm. All engines are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the 145 and 170hp versions can also be specified with a freshly introduced six-speed EDC automatic, which optimises economy and allows smoother, faster gear shifting. What else? Well the driving position's as commanding as you would expect and big door mirrors with convex surfacing on their lower and outer edges are present and correct to help with manoeuvring that can be aided by the neat wide angle mirror fitted to the back of the passenger sunvisor. Further embellishments intended to help you avoid urban scrapes include options like parking sensors and two kinds of rear view camera. Another thoughtful touch is the 'Eco Mode' you can select by pressing this button by the gearstick. This restricts the pulling power of the engine and promotes greater efficiency.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Boot capacity min (litres):

    4

    9

    CO2 (g/km):

    155

    Height (mm):

    1971

    2464

    Length (mm):

    4999

    5399

    Power ps:

    115

    123

    Torque lb ft:

    0

    236

    ... and 3 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Vans

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    80%
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