BBefore there was the hype about the SUV, the minivans were something of the next big fashion of car concepts. The Chrysler Voyager and the Renault Espace made the beginning in 1983/84 and were pretty much alone for many years, then VW and Ford with the Sharan and the Galaxy, Renault with the smaller, compact Scenic and then Opel with the Zafira developed by Porsche rocked. Later came still others and the compact VW Touran, which is today in Germany the number one in a declining segment.
SUVs are obviously the better alternative for those who want to sit high and need a lot of space in a car. Renault knows that too, and so the manufacturer with the current generation of the Espace has tried to put a kind of cross-over on the wheels. The big car looks fancy and makes something, but apparently he sits between the chairs – too much SUV, too little minivan. Only 1,200 units could be sold in 2018 in Germany, Mitsubishi sold twice as many L 200 pick-up. 2019 looks a little better: By the end of September, it was already 1267 Espace.
What makes him more attractive is the new engine with which our test car was equipped. The 1.8-liter turbo gasoline engine with particle filter offers a nice 300 Newton meters maximum torque and 225 hp. This makes the space cruiser up to 225 km / h fast and accelerates in about eight seconds from 0 to 100 km / h. In itself, these values are irrelevant. Much more important is the quiet and quiet running of the aluminum machine, which works very well with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. At 120 km / h in a big gear only 2250 revolutions per minute are on, because it can be glided sparingly. With 7.2 liters of fuel consumption can count on who is traveling so gently on flat highway. Higher speeds, city and regional traffic demand more, but 9.9 liters on average are still acceptable for a large and heavy car with 4.86 meters in length. Compared to the third generation, the Espace is a good ten percent or up to 250 kilos lighter, the doors are made of aluminum, the front fenders and the tailgate are made of plastic.
There are points deduction
Renault praises above all for the successful design of the interior. Driver and front passenger feel almost like in an airplane cockpit. They are separated by a wide and continuous center console, which terminates forward in a portrait monitor. The driver also looks at a virtual tachometer unit, which offers different forms of presentation, where we prefer the analogue. Meanwhile, the copilot enjoys a 12-liter drawer, the tiny glove compartments have the other. In front of both a 2.8-square-meter windscreen bulges, which extends over the seats and contributes to the great sense of space. However, it reflects strong, but there is deduction point.
Rear are three single seats with plenty of legroom installed, but the legs must be relatively strong angled. That is, you sit deep because the car is lower compared to its predecessor. This is even more the case on the seats 6 and 7 of the case, but which were not installed in our car. They cost as a pair of 1200 Euro extra charge and nibble 66 liters of the maximum load volume away. This is a stately 2101 liters, as a five-seater, there are still 680. After moving the individual seats by pressing a button results in a flat-top cargo area of 1.85 meters in length.
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