Used Renault Espace MPV 1993 - 2003 review

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1993 - 2003 review
Renault Espace MPV (93 - 03)
  • Renault Espace MPV (93 - 03)
  • Renault Espace MPV (93 - 03)
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Which used Renault Espace MPV should I buy?

The entry engine was originally a 105bhp 2.0-litre petrol, but this was replaced with a 140bhp 2.0-litre unit when the car was facelifted in October 2000. Mind you, whichever you go for, performance is sluggish.

That's not something you can say of the flagship V6 models, but they're simply too thirsty. At least, there's a 110bhp 2.2-litre petrol that sits between these two extremes, and makes some sense.

However, it's the 130bhp 2.2-litre diesel that Renault introduced with the 2000 face-lift that best suits the Espace. It provides effortless performance and strong pull from low in the rev range, and replaced a far weaker 88bhp 2.1-litre diesel.

Safety kit on this version of the Espace looks a little meagre compared with more modern Renaults, but it does include anti-lock brakes and driver and passenger airbags.

Electric windows, remote central locking and air-conditioning are also fitted to all models, while higher trims bring you metallic paint, twin sunroofs and (on petrol models) cruise control. Other than the extra length and interior space, there's no difference between standard and Grand versions.

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