This is our third Espace in 8 years. First two were V6 versions, pretty quick and able to run at 125mph. I got this 2.0T Initiale as my company car 2 years ago as it was tax efficient and came really well equipped with auto, leather and sat nav. I paid for the seventh seat but Renault should watch this as we nearly went elsewhere.
We have covered 54,000 trouble free miles in the 2 years and it has coped with everything thrown at it including a lap of the Nurburgring! Practical extras like the sun blinds, split opening rear window and roof bars are brilliant and the dynamic stability control endows it with great cornering abilities.
As per other reviews it is the dealer network that lets the side down but fortunately you don't have to visit them often with 18,000 mile service intervals.
I have been so pleased with this one that I bought it off the lease company and hope it continues to be as reliable during the next few years. Depreciation is horrendous if you buy new as private buyer but let a company take the initial losses and the Espace is an absolute bargain
Running costs are not bad with 30mpg possible on a run and even with stop go driving worst has been 22mpg. The Michelin tyres do wear on the front pretty quick but wear evenly and have tremendous grip both wet and dry.
In summary this car is comfortable, quiet, efficient, well equipped, a great family car and very safe. Only the poor dealers might stop me buying another in the future.
Had this car from new; went to dealer to look at Scenic and wife saw Espace. Test drove the 3.0 V6 dCi as they had no 2.2 dCi, went back to test 2.2 but it sounded too agricultural. Opted for the 3.0 V6. Have driven many long trips; frequently in Europe and it is a breeze. The car just eats miles and never seems short of energy; when I've been alone on the autobahns I've managed to quickly get up to 220kmph. Kids love the glass roof, but we rarely have it wide open as the wind-noise is excessive for driving more than 30-40mph. Quality my only complaint is about the cover for the key lock on passenger-side door; mine dropped off and I had to buy a replacement at about £15, a painter sprayed it for a very reasonable £5 but it has since fallen off again! Tyres last well even when driving enthusiatically; I had about 25,000 on the front tyres. The auto box can be a right pain; when you want to pull across a main road you have to hope that the delay between pressing your foot to the floor and the car actually moving doesn't mean that you lurch in front of the oncoming vehicles. I have found the car to be more responsive if it has fully stopped rather than if rolling. Also when accellerating hard it seems to hold onto gears for too long; once I've reached my speed I occassionally slip into manual to nudge the gearbox into 4th/5th otherwise the box thinks I'm in boy-racer mode and holds the gear waiting for my next agressive manouver.
This is a decent MPV.
The good points are the dash - there's loads of handy cubby holes - and the car's economy, comfortable seats and ride, good looks and the very useful split tailgate.
The minus points are the underpowered 1.9-litre diesel engine (I blame the Irish government's VRT tax for this choice), the trim is very easy to stain, the seats are heavy, and the boot needs to be bigger.
It's also been to the dealer three times for problems with the heating - or rather, the lack of it. It appears to be fixed now, but I face the winter with trepidation.
I'm now thinking about something like the new Ford Galaxy or Ford S-Max because of the flat-fold seats, but the Espace is still way better looking - it doesn't look like a truck like the Galaxy, and the S-Max is too small. I may wait and see what Renault conjure up with the next version.
I changed from a company car Audi A4 Advant to buying an Espace so I could accomodate the family. For solo journeys Monday-Friday it is no fun to drive - especially on country roads.
At weekends it is a Godsend as the family love it and now enjoy going on car journeys. Build quality is poor compared to Audi. The biggest complaint I have after 40,000 miles in year one is the awful standard of the Renault servicing. I have had two services and have had major issues both times - services not completed in time, work not carried out as requested etc. I have been through two Renault garages already and now will have to travel 40 miles for my next service as I will not go back!
Do not go for the £1500 extra sunroof - sounds great butsave the cash - too noisy at high speeds open and we have only used it twice in a year. Get the split rear tailgate - I wish I had!.
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
After having several larger engined prestige cars I wanted a car that was just that: a car. Not a status symbol, not a racing machine, just a…
Bought a 2003 model 2.0 HDi diesel second hand in 2004 and still running it in 2012. 11,000 miles at purchase is now 113,000. Never broken down, but…