This is the second Espace I have owned. Generally as an MPV it is good: lots of room in the front, middle & rear. However, my family much preferred the previous version of the Espace for its comfort and all those places that could be used to store things.
The seats can be taken out but are very heavy. I like the fact that the seat belts are integrated into the seat which means that all five seats can easily be positioned anywhere. Fuel efficiency is not as good as it could be. I am averaging 31 MPG at the moment with an diesel engine that has done 78k. When I bought the car new it was averaging 38 MPG. Renault's rear-mounted bike rack with the combined weight of the door, without bikes, can not be supported by the rear door struts.
The car does go through tyres at a rate next week I shall be buying the forth set of tyres for the front and the second set for the rear. This quite poor fuel consumption and high cost of poor quality servicing the car is expensive.
I do like the cabin’s simplicity. Almost everything is available on or around the steering wheel. I like the display in the centre of the dash. Everything is so easy to read at a glance, including your speed.
The sound system is okay. I regret not taking the upgrade offer. Additionally, it is almost impossible to change the CDs (mounted in a CD changer in the rear of the car) without having to dismantle half the back row: remember those seats are heavy and with a bike rack you need help.
The Grand Espace puts style before practicality, which means it looks good, but is lacking in certain areas. The rear seats are set too low and with no footwell causing passengers to be seated very low with their knees in the air. There is also no room in the boot when you have 6/7 seats fitted which leaving you constantly taking the seats (which are quite heavy) in and out.
The car is coming up to 3 years old and was an ex-demo model that we bought at 8 months old and to date has been reliable, except for an appetite for front tyres which only last about 12,000 miles.
It is a good car if you don't need to carry luggage for your passengers, which defeats the point of having the 7 seats.
I bought this car from Renault to go. I have had it now for two months and have just traded it in for a vauxhall. The running cost a far too high. Average fuel consumption is 19.7. All my dealer can say is that it is a heavy lump of a car. That does not help as the urban figure should be around 23mpg. Sorry never again.
We have owned this car since March 2004. Its looks are good, and it's a great car to drive, but we have found it to be very unreliable.
It has now been back to the dealer eight times because of problems - the latest being an oil leakage apparently coming from the brakes that started after a service about two months ago. During the last two months it did go back to be investigated, but nothing was found. Maybe that was a dealership error.
We have also been back because the sunroof did not close, the air-conditioning stopped working, the computer needed resetting many times and the paint had defects when we initially were given the car.
Also, there have been about five recalls since we bought the car for faults including air-conditioning, gearbox, and handbrake. Numerous other problems have led me to come to the decision not to buy a Renault again.
I think it is a case of trying to cram too much technology into one car.
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