Renault Master review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Running costs for big vans are always high, but the latest Renault engines mostly show significant improvements over older units. The most economical engine is the dCi 150 engine, which has a claimed fuel consumption of 47.9mpg. Front-wheel-drive models can be around 10mpg more efficient than the equivalent rear-wheel-drive version.

Safety systems in the Master include Side Wind Assist and Active Emergency Braking. There’s also the option of new ‘advanced driver assistance systems’ which include a Rear View Assist – a permanent display of the rear of the vehicle (much like a mirror would allow) on a small screen where the mirror should be. Blindspot warning, lane departure warning and front parking sensors also help keep the driver and vehicle safe.

We’d encourage you to go for the Business+ version as the Business trim will leave you wanting a few of the more mundane items like under-seat storage and lidded compartments. You’ll also benefit from rear parking sensors if you do, which is regularly welcome in a large van.

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The Renault Master is a surprise package in a busy segment and delivers a rewarding drive and a rough-and-tough new interior. It’s not quite up to the standard of its German competitors but it’s not far off at all, while pricing is keen.

  • Huge amounts of storage
  • Great to drive
  • Strong engines
  • Poor automatic gearbox option
  • Big vans will have to be RWD