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3 out of 5 stars

For You'll like the Espace's flexible seating, comfortable ride, good safety kit and stylish looks

Against Poor boot space with all seven seats in place

Verdict It's comfortable and safe, but its rivals are more spacious, more versatile and cheaper

Go for… 2.2 dCi Expression

Avoid… 3.5 V6 petrol

Renault Espace MPV
  • 1. You can fit seven people, but save the rearmost pair of seats for the kids
  • 2. Diesels can be prone to trouble, so steer clear of any models with excessive exhaust smoke
  • 3. Clutches can be problematic, especially on diesels
  • 4. Pay special attention to the electric handbrake, which can stick
  • 5. Tyre wear is heavy, and you may need to replace a set of fronts after 12,000 miles, sometimes less
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