Used Renault Espace MPV 2002 - 2012 review

Category: MPV

Section: What is it like?

2002 - 2012 review
Renault Espace MPV (02 - 12)
  • Renault Espace MPV (02 - 12)
  • Renault Espace MPV (02 - 12)
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What's the used Renault Espace MPV like?

Most seven-seaters look like pointy minibuses, but the Renault Espace is a stylish and classy looker.

You can fit seven people inside, but it's best to save the rearmost pair of seats for kids. Access to these two pews isn't that good, either, not least because the Espace lacks the sliding doors of some rivals.

There's a wide range of seating permutations, though - the front pair even swivel round to face the rear - and you won't want for practical touches or storage areas. Visibility is excellent, too, and the driving position comfortable.

On the other hand, don't expect much space for luggage when all seven seats are in use, even in the longer Grand Espace. Also, the seats don't fold into the floor, although they're easy to remove.

The way it drives is more impressive, though, with a very supple, comfortable ride and nimble handling. The diesels are mostly refined unless you work them very hard and make more sense than petrols.