Used Renault Espace MPV 1993 - 2003 review

Category: MPV

Section: What is it like?

1993 - 2003 review
Renault Espace MPV (93 - 03)
  • Renault Espace MPV (93 - 03)
  • Renault Espace MPV (93 - 03)
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What's the used Renault Espace MPV like?

Unlike most MPVs, the Renault Espace comes in two body styles - standard and Grand. The Grand, launched in 1998, is more than 250mm longer than the standard car, improving luggage and rear passenger space.

In both versions, all five rear seats can be folded forward to form tables, or removed completely, while RXE and Initiale models have floor rails that add to your seating options.

Up front, the unconventional control layout - much of the switchgear is housed to the right of the steering wheel - and centrally mounted digital speedo can take some getting used to. But, this does keep things uncluttered, as do the many useful cubbies Renault have included.

The ride is smooth and comfortable, although the price you pay for this soft suspension is a lot of body roll. Things are impressively quiet at motorway speeds, with little wind or road noise reaching the cabin. However, diesel versions emit an unmistakable clatter until they're warmed up.