To avoid confusion it is best to think of the Master range in terms of front- (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) models.
FWD vans are available as L1, L2 or L3 length vehicles. L1 models can get a standard or high roof, while L2 and L3 get the option of either a high or extra-high roof. That means a maximum of nine-cubic-metre capacity in an L1 with a maximum payload of 1623kg, a 12.3-cubic-metre capacity in L2 vans with a 1529kg payload and 14.8 cubic metres with a 1434kg maximum. Load lengths of up to 2583mm are possible in the L1, 3083mm in the L2 and 3733mm in the L3.
Rear-wheel-drive vans come in L3 and L4 lengths, with high and extra-high options. Their maximum load capacity ranges from 12.4 to 17 cubic metres and can move lengths from 3733mm to 4383mm. Payloads for a 3.5-tonne van range from 1207kg in the L3 to 1160kg for an L4; however, there is the option to have a 4.5-tonne Renault Master that increases payloads in the L3 to 2151kg and 2128kg for the L4.
While the maximum sizes for the Master are in line with the competition, many of which can transport 17 cubic metres or more, most do so with front-wheel-drive versions of their vans.
For those looking to move bigger volumes with the rear-wheel-drive vans, there is the added disadvantage of a much higher rear load deck. The loading height for a front-wheel-drive van is 546mm and a rear-wheel-drive van 700mm – a tiresome difference for those in and out of the back all day.
Twin side doors are fitted as standard and there is also the option of 270deg rear doors to allow them to fold against the bodywork for even better rear loadspace access.
There’s new LED lighting in the rear as well, and 10 load lashing points come as standard along with a protective floor covering.