Renault Master review

Category: Large Van

Section: 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 diesel, which has an official fuel consumption of 47.9mpg. Front-wheel-drive models can be around 10mpg more economical than the equivalent rear-wheel-drive version. However, it's worth noting that if you do a lot of motorway miles, you can expect your fuel economy to dip quite significantly into the high 20s and low 30s. 

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 would usually be. Blind spot 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 for a few relatively mundane features, such as under-seat storage and lidded compartments. You’ll also benefit from rear parking sensors if you do – a welcome amenity for a large van.

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Overview

The Renault Master is a surprise package in a busy segment, delivering 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, and pricing is keen.

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

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