The interior layout, fit and finish
You’ll quickly notice where Renault has focused its efforts when you step on board the Trafic: a new 8.0in touchscreen now sits in the centre of the dashboard. This is standard on all but entry-level versions, and most Trafics also get a 3.5in or 4.2in information screen in the instrument cluster.
The infotainment system looks swish enough, but we found it sluggish in its responses, and had trouble connecting our own devices. At least there are physical shortcut buttons below the screen for commonly used functions, and you can adjust the temperature using chunky knobs on the dashboard, rather than having to delve into the touchscreen.
There's also a larger storage space under the passenger seat – you lift the seat cushion to a reveal it, and it's a great place to stow a bag or two. The doors each have a small recess suitable for keys or coins higher up, plus a relatively shallow lower storage area split into three areas. In reality, you can't put anything too big in it because of the risk of it falling out as you open the door.
There are cupholders at the A-pillars, and while they have internal grippers that adjust to the cup size, they seem too shallow to hold a tall can or cup in place without risk of it toppling over.
If you order a Trafic in Business+ trim or above, you get a workbench on the back of the central seat, which also includes a clever clipboard that can be angled towards the driver.
One of the best attributes, though, is its locking system, which is controlled by a hands-free keycard that enables keyless entry (and start). What's more, it automatically locks the vehicle when you leave the immediate vicinity.