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Renault Vel Satis Hatchback (02 - 05) review

(2002 - 2005)
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Which used Renault VEL Satis hatchback should I buy?

The petrol line-up consists of the 165bhp 2.0-litre and the 245bhp 3.5-litre V6, while diesel choices are the 150bhp 2.2-litre or the 180bhp 3.0-litre V6.

Launched on an 02 plate, all cars come with the usual executive features, including climate control and alloy wheels. There's also ESP, anti-lock brakes, twin front and side airbags, plus a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Our pick is the 2.2-litre diesel. It has just enough under the bonnet to gain speed smoothly, but there's no trace of the torque steer that affects the more powerful models. It was the UK best seller in the three years the Vel Satis was available to buy new, which means there's more chance finding one second-hand, and it's got the best fuel economy.

Trim levels are Expression, Privilege and Initiale, although the latter was only available on the V6s. Go for Privilege if you can find one.

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Which used Renault VEL Satis hatchback should I buy?

The petrol line-up consists of the 165bhp 2.0-litre and the 245bhp 3.5-litre V6, while diesel choices are the 150bhp 2.2-litre or the 180bhp 3.0-litre V6.

Launched on an 02 plate, all cars come with the usual executive features, including climate control and alloy wheels. There's also ESP, anti-lock brakes, twin front and side airbags, plus a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Our pick is the 2.2-litre diesel. It has just enough under the bonnet to gain speed smoothly, but there's no trace of the torque steer that affects the more powerful models. It was the UK best seller in the three years the Vel Satis was available to buy new, which means there's more chance finding one second-hand, and it's got the best fuel economy.

Trim levels are Expression, Privilege and Initiale, although the latter was only available on the V6s. Go for Privilege if you can find one.

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