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Renault Trafic review

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Renault has spent 30 years topping the light commercial vehicles sales chart in Europe, and with good reason. The small Renault Kangoo van helped define the segment, while the mid-sized Renault Trafic matured from the ground-breaking Estafette. First launched in the UK in 1981, the Trafic has gone on to enjoy great success with three generations under its belt, the most recent of which was introduced in 2014.

Built at Renault’s factory in Sandouville, France, its platform is shared by three other models: the Nissan NV300, Fiat Talento and the Luton-built Vauxhall Vivaro.

Powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine, the Trafic is available in a choice of four outputs: 94bhp, 119bhp, 123bhp and 143bhp, the latter two being twin-turbocharged. All four models use a six-speed manual gearbox, but there’s no option of an automatic gearbox, which its key rivals, the Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes-Benz Vito, do provide.

A range of body types is available in addition to the standard/high-roof and short/long-wheelbase panel vans; these include double-cab crew vans and passenger minibus variants that can seat up to nine people. Three trim levels are available – Business, Business+ and Sport Nav – but Renault is also in the habit of rolling out special-edition models, including one celebrating its links with Formula 1 and, in the case of the current Premier Edition, its television tie-up with football.

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