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The Renault Master has been a staple of vans, motorhomes and emergency vehicles across Europe for decades. Like its smaller sibiling the Renault Trafic, it has cemented its reputation as one of the most popular light commercial vehicles, rivalling the best-selling Ford Transit as well as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen Crafter and Peugeot Boxer. The Master stands up to close scrutiny against the competition as a versatile and practical choice.
Available in four different body lengths, with three possible roof heights, the Master can transport up to 17 cubic metres. Body options include minibus, crew van, dropside, tipper, box van, platform cab and chassis cab. Most vans are front-wheel drive but there are also rear-wheel-drive and 4x4 options.
Power comes from a 2.3-litre engine that meets the latest Euro-6d emission standards with up to 180bhp and 295lb ft. Don’t forget the Renault Master ZE electric vehicle, either, if you want zero emissions and larger tax breaks.
The Master is also available at a number of different gross vehicle weights below 3.5 tonnes, as well as a large van plated at 4.5 tonnes. Regular 3.5-tonne panel vans will transport as much as 1524kg, but the 4.5-tonne Master can move as much as 2158kg – or 2471kg as a chassis cab. As a result, twin and single rear wheel options are available on some configurations.
Revised in 2010, this latest version was updated in 2019 with a more upright grille with a higher bonnet line, while the headlights now include the new C-shape identity that appears across the Renault range. The bumpers were also modified to make them more robust.