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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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49 reader reviews for Renault Espace MPV.
  • 2.2 dCi 140 Dynamique FAP Auto 5dr

    Alistair Green , Bedfordshire . Date: 23/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We chose the Renault Espace, having reviewed all of the large MPVs. We loved the way it drove and its level of comfort. We are now changing it for two reasons:

    1. Reliability has been atrocious; 2. Fuel costs are very high.

    The car is comming to the end of its three-year warranty. During this time:

    * The ABS and ESP unit had to be replaced; * The turbo blew on us whilst towing our caravan down to France - causing a four-day delay en-route; * It shed all of its oil whilst on route to holiday in Wales - causing the holiday to be abandoned whilst the car went home on the back of a recovery truck; * One week after the oil problem supposedly being sorted, it did the same thing again, this time shooting out the dipstick, and squirting oil all over the engine compartment; * We started to get a whistle from the top of the windscreen at speeds above 60mph.

    It does between 23 and 24 mpg regardless of how we drive it, and whether it is towing a caravan or not.

    It's a great pity - this is a car we loved, and hoped to keep for a long time. Its reliability has turned it into a very expensive short-term ownership.

  • 3.5 V6 Privilège Auto 5dr

    Matt Shelley , Surrey . Date: 21/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought the Espace after parting with a Volvo V70 T5. Growing family but wanted a decent performance.

    So far so good with reliability ( touch wood very quickly!). Have owned a string of French company cars, all of which have fallen apart after 3 years.

    Sounds and goes like a NASCAR, unfortunately it has the same fuel consumption. Still, 26 mpg over a long haul with 5 aboard is not bad for what must be a 2 tonne vehicle.

    Seats are massively heavy to remove, but overall layout is good. If you want to move 5+ people over a week or so you will need a roofbox. Yes,heating and ventilation are a joke but build quality inside is OK.

    I have to say I have been very satisfied so far with the big Renault.

    A good weekend GTi scarer!

  • 2.2 dCi Privilège 5dr

    Hamish Barrie Date: 05/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After suffering a 2001 mercedes C200k which was rusting after 18months I went for a car to suit the family. Having had only a minor problem with the egr valve (serviced with 10/40 oil instead of the recommended 5/40) its been faultless. 4 1/2 years on and I am really very happy. Fuel consumption is 30-35mpg, services are every 2 years, tyres are a little pricey. Fantastic for the family (3 full car seats in the back with independant seat belts is great. Beats the new Galaxy / s-max hands down on quality! Carpets on the fords didnt even fit right and bits came off in my hands at the ford garage...oh boy! Would buy again.

  • Grand 2.0 dCi 175 Dynamique 5dr

    dan gordon Date: 16/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought new in august 2007. I purchased this car for practical reasons, (why else) growing family, trips abroad etc.

    I test drove the new Galaxy, S-Max, Citroen, and Voyager. The Espace won us over for its great comfort (our previous car was a Volvo V70 - best seats going) easy handling, great vision, seemingly good quality materials and responsive engine.

    Everthing was great to begin with and our concerns for choosing a French car over over a Scandi or German seemed unfounded though we were disappointed with fuel consumption which was nowhere near the manufacturer's figures... dealer told us it will improve?

    However, after 12k miles the engine started causing problems - the turbo developed terrible lag, took a few seconds to kick in, affecting performance drastically and fule consumption.

    I took the car in for first service just before Christmas expecting everything to be put right. did the usual service bits but were unable to put right engine, had to order a part. car returned to dealer this week monday 14th jan, their original prognosis was wrong and they can't find the fault!

    THis does not give you much confidence in the car or the backup. been given a Renault Modus to drive around in and the car's now been at the dealer for four days and still no solution.

    Can I recommend the car? It's great car to drive, the family love it, though serious questions over reliablilty and running costs means I probably won't be investing in another Renault.

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