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2 out of 5 stars

For A quiet and spacious MPV that can rival some executive saloons for comfort

Against The 2.0 petrol engine isn't man enough for the job, and reliability is suspect

Verdict Soothing ride and fine practicality, but bad ones can be very bad

Go for… 2.2 diesels

Avoid… 2.0-litre petrol and V6s

Renault Espace MPV
  • 1. The digital speedo is prone to problems and costs a fortune to fix
  • 2. The unconventional control layout and centrally mounted digital speedo can take some getting used to
  • 3. Safety kit looks a little meagre compared with more modern Renaults, but includes driver and passenger airbags
  • 4. Grand Espace is more than 250mm longer than the standard car, improving space for luggage and rear passengers
  • 5. Suspension and anti-lock brakes have been known to fail
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