Renault Espace

From 42.195 euros
  • Bodywork suv
  • Doors 5
  • Plazas 5 - 7
  • Power 200 cv
  • How to consume it 4,6. - 4,8 l/100km
  • Trunk 477 - 581 liters
  • Assessment 4,4

The most classic minivans are disappearing from the catalog of many brands. The segment has kept the larger formats, but is ditching traditional niches for the sake of a new approach. He Renault Espace It is one of the models that best represents this transformation. Its new generation breaks away from the family body to exclusively embrace an SUV style that is increasingly in demand in the European market.

The origins of the Espace date back to 1984. Then, Renault launched what is considered the first successful minivan in history. With rectilinear shapes, the entire project revolves around polyvalence and versatility.. Characteristics demanded by the largest families. Positioned as one of the benchmark models in the category, the Espace, like the rest of its rivals, succumbs to the arrival of SUVs. The same path followed by other house models such as the Renault scenic.

Despite staying up to date for decades, in 2022 the traditional minivan disappears from the catalog Renault to make way for a large SUV of the same name. It could be considered as the sixth generation of the Espace, although it is actually the first under the new format. Its commercialization starts in the summer of 2023.

Technical characteristics of the Renault Espace

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At first glance, the similarities that the new Espace has with the Renault Australia. The French C-SUV introduces a new design philosophy that also applies to the largest SUV in the house. In fact, the Espace is considered the most familiar version of the Austral. They share more than design, also the Nissan-Renault alliance CMF-CD platform. It is the same structure used by other models such as the Renault arkana or Nissan X-Trail, among others.

The change in mentality has been accompanied by a reduction in the measures of the Espace. Due to its dimensions, the French model is comfortably installed in the European D-SUV segment with 4,72 meters long, 1,84 meters wide and 1,64 meters high. But if the exterior size is important, the interior is even more so. Being a family vehicle, three rows of seats are included in its 2,74-meter wheelbase. The last of those rows is folded on the floor of the trunk.

The Espace offers capacity for a maximum of seven passengers, although it is not capable of matching the terms of habitability of its predecessor. The second row of seats has a longitudinal adjustment that allows you to play with the space to give more or less space to cargo or passengers. The minimum cargo volume is 159 liters with all three rows of seats unfolded. With two rows, the Espace offers between 477 and 581 liters of capacity, being able to reach a maximum of 1.818 liters if we completely fold down the middle row.

Mechanical range and gearboxes of the Renault Espace

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Renault unveils the Espace internationally in spring 2023 as part of its European reorganization strategy. The French house, always known for its excellent diesel engines, replaces these with electrified mechanical sets. The new Renault Espace enjoys a mechanical offer that for now focuses exclusively on a hybrid version called E-Tech.

It consists of a 1,2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. It is associated with two electric motors. One capable of driving the front wheels and another that acts as a gearbox. They are powered by a 2 kWh lithium-ion battery that automatically recharges while driving.

Management is derived from an automatic transmission that sends all the power to the front axle. The set develops a maximum power of 200 horsepower with an approved consumption of between 4,6 and 4,8 liters per 100 kilometers traveled. Thanks to its hybrid mechanics, the General Directorate of Traffic gives it the advantageous ECO label, which means important advantages when driving around the city.

Renault Espace equipment

Renault Espace interior

In recent years, Renault has raised the quality of all its products. No matter what segment it is, from the small Renault Clio to this great Espace. The materials used convey a pleasant sensation of perceived quality, as well as the usual durability of the French house. The presentation of the new Espace is very good, both in materials and in appearance, highlighting the generous digitization.

As usual in the French house, the equipment is served in different trim levels: Techno, Techno Esprit Alpine and Iconic. The main differences between them lie in the technological load, although there are also aesthetic discrepancies. The Alpine finish offers a sportier touch to the SUV, including unique aesthetic details such as paints or wheels.

Serial, the Espace offers the latest Renault technologies. Elements such as digital instrumentation, Full LED headlights and the OpenR Link multimedia system with a 12-inch vertical panel with Android Automotive operating system and connectivity for mobile devices stand out. To this we can add more comfort elements such as the dual-zone climate control, the sunroof, the parking cameras or the numerous assistants with a level 2 autonomous driving.

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Rivals of the Renault Espace

Until now the rivals of the Renault Espace had remained in the MPV segment, such as the Volkswagen Sharan or Ford SMAX. However, Now you have to change them for more popular ones. The D-SUV segment offers well-known alternatives such as: Peugeot 5008, Hyundai Santa Fe, KIA Sorrento, SEAT Tarraco, Skoda Kodiaq or Volkswagen Tiguan AllEspace. All of them are similar both by prices and by size and capacity.

Highlight

  • Integrated
  • habitability
  • Equipment

To improve

  • Access to the 3rd row of seats
  • Little mechanical variety
  • trunk loss

Renault Espace prices

When setting sales prices, Renault has wagered a fair balance in terms of equipment. The starting price of the Renault Espace is 41.195 euros, without offers or promotions. Said price is adjusted for an E-Tech model with a Techno finish. The most expensive in the family is the Espace Iconic E-Tech. Its minimum rate starts at 46.560 euros, without offers or promotions.

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