Choose from a strong 2.0 petrol engine, a 2.2 turbodiesel with mighty mid-range pull or a 3.0 V6 that, even mated to an auto 'box, offers brisk performance. All are easy to drive, even the weighty Grand Espace and its seven occupants.
Renault Espace MPV ride & handling
The Espace is one of the smaller and lighter big MPVs. With quick, direct steering it's relatively easy to manoeuvre in tight areas, while staying cushy and stable on the motorway. However, its supple suspension and rolling gait can affect queasy passengers on uneven roads.
Renault Espace MPV refinement
For such a big, large-fronted car the Espace kicks up little wind noise, even when belting along a motorway, and it's well insulated against road noise. The 2.0-litre engine can get a bit too rowdy when it's extended but the turbodiesel and V6 are fine unless thrashed. Manual gearshifts are notchy.