Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • PAS
  • Rear parking distance sensor
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Exterior Features

  • Automatic head lights + windscreen wipers + front fog lights
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Body coloured front bumper + tail light column and door rail
  • Electric front windows with one touch drivers window
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • High gloss black with chrome grille surround
  • Side loading door - L and R glazed with opening window

Interior Features

  • 2 Reading lights
  • 2nd row triple bench seat
  • Driver seat lumbar support
  • Driver's armrest
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Java cloth upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Parcel shelf
  • Premium dashboard with closed upper dashboard storage
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Smartphone cradle

Safety

  • 3 point height adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Drivers airbag
  • Front passenger airbag

Security

  • Alarm pre - wiring
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking and deadlocking

Technical

  • 12V sockets in front and 2nd row
  • 80 litre fuel tank
  • ABS +EBD
  • ESC + Hill start assist

Wheels

  • Spare wheel with anti theft wheel holder

Emissions

CO

CO2 (g/km)

145

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

125

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

MACPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Safety Assist %

52

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

91

Badge Power

3

Badge Engine CC

53

Vehicle Homologation Class

57

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

24

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

25000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

100000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

4

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

80

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1598

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Code

R9M452

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

6 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

79.5

Camshaft

SOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

50.4

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

55.4

EC Urban (mpg)

44.1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.8

Engine Power - BHP

125

Engine Power - KW

92

Engine Power - RPM

3500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

236

Engine Torque - MKG

32.6

Engine Torque - NM

320

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

105

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

215/60 R17

Tyre Size Rear

215/60 R17

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

CYCLADE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1971

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4999

Load Length

734

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1268

Side Load Door Height

1284

Side Load Door Width

907

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

12.4

Wheelbase

3098

Width

1956

Width (including mirrors)

2283

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.84

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

80

Gross Train Weight

4935

Gross Vehicle Weight

2935

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

Minimum Kerbweight

1882

No. of Seats

9

Max. Loading Weight

1053

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The van market is changing - and this Renault Trafic has needed to change with it: it has. We especially like the careful touches: the load-through facility in the full-steel bulkhead that lets you poke long items into the cab. The 'Eco Mode' driving option that makes it easy to lower your running costs. The Mobile Office package with its folding front seat. The way you can mount your smartphone or tablet on the dashboard to work with Renault's clever R&GO app. And the wide-angle passenger sunvisor mirror that helps when reversing. Though we've seen some of these things before in other LCV products, they've been delivered here with a greater level of thought and thoroughness that operators will like.

Background

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 is still doing sterling service under licence in India as a TATA Winger but 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.

Driving Experience

Renault passenger vehicles have embraced the idea of the downsized turbocharged engine to boost efficiency and now the commercials follow suit. The engines that power the Trafic are both relatively small 1.6-litre turbodiesel units but punch above their weight. Most buyers will be drawn to the single turbo 1.6-litre unit, available in either dCi 90 or dCi 115 power outputs. In order to match the sort of grunt Mercedes can deliver with its rival Vito, Renault also debuts the Energy dCi 120 and 140 engines. Powered by two turbochargers working together, these engines combine excellent performance with decent fuel economy. From just 1,500rpm, the Energy dCi 120 cranks out a hefty peak torque of 320Nm, while the dCi 140 variant delivers 340Nm so there's plenty of muscle even if you're loaded to the roof. Renault claims that these power and torque figures are what you would have previously expected from a 2.0-litre engine in this class and that view is borne out by the figures. A Volkswagen Transporter, for instance, comes in 84 and 102PS power outputs at the entry level, while the Trafic now comes in 90 and 125PS guises, so it's even better than Renault's word. The driving position, though not as lofty as in some models, nevertheless affords a decent view up the road. You get big door mirrors to help with manoeuvring and tried and tested transmissions.

Design and Build

True, there's only so much a van designer can do with a rectangular box with a wheel at each corner, but there's clearly been a concerted effort to distinguish the Trafic from the workaday LCV norm. As is the vogue with current Renaults, you get an outsized bonnet badge, flanked in this instance by a black trim strip and a pair of huge headlight pods that seem to have started climbing towards the windscreen pillars. The outside of the Trafic isn't the big story here though. Renault has really gone to work on the cabin. Gone are the expanses of uninspiring grey plastics, with higher-end versions getting a chromed console surround, along with a chromed gear lever knob and chrome-finished front speaker trims, plus lidded dashboard stowage and Java upholstery. Much improved seats offer more shape and higher density foam padding. The front bench seat incorporates lateral strengthening for both the seat cushions and passenger seat backs. Comfort is further enhanced by the inclusion of an armrest built into the door panel. Compared with the previous generation Trafic II, the driver's seat cushion has been lowered by 36mm, while the seat back is more reclined in order to get closer to the sort of driving position associated with MPVs. Combined with the height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, the number of ways the seat can be adjusted (height, fore-aft and seat back angle) enables the driver to find the most comfortable position. Thanks to a pump system, the height of the driving position can be adjusted through a range of 60mm.

Market and Model

The Trafic is offered in two body lengths and two roof heights and now features a range of up to ten different paint finishes, which makes a change from a choice of silver or white. As well as solid finishes like Glacier White, Laser Red, Mole Grey and Bamboo Green, there's a metallic palette that comprises Copper, Oyster Grey, Mercury, Stone, Panorama Blue and Jet Black. Prices start at just over £18,000 and there are 'Business', 'Business+' and 'Sport' trim levels across a range of four diesel engines, including the twin-turbo ENERGY dCi 120 and 140 units, plus the older dCi 90 and dCi 115 powerplants. The entry-level audio/infotainment system features a DIN radio complete with Bluetooth hands-free and a fascia-mounted USB port and AUX-in socket. Another USB port is provided if you choose the optional mobile phone cradle. The premium audio set-up available combines with the Renault R-Link Evolution multimedia system, incorporating a slot for an SD card to enable mapping management, the reading of audio tracks and display of photos on the seven-inch display. R & GO is an app for both Android and Apple that allows smart 'phones and tablets to talk to the vehicle, performing 3D navigation, hands-free telephone, multimedia control and display the vehicle's trip computer. Renault has clearly though long and hard about how commercial vehicles are used these days.