The Spacious New Espace

The Renault Espace, arguably one of the first true MPVs as we know the term, has been with us since 1984 in variously improving formats and now here it is again; new, further improved and still a seven-seat family option.

You are no doubt already familiar with the crossover styling, quality and reinvented modular interior of the new Renault Espace. The French manufacturer now invites you to discover the sensations it offers behind the wheel, not to mention its outstanding travelling comfort…

This immersive, à la carte experience, Renault say, is managed by the new Renault Multi-Sense system which controls the car’s array of technologies. The settings of the engine, transmission, chassis, comfort and ambience (lighting, instrument display, massaging seats) are all carefully coordinated to match the driver’s mood, apparently.Five distinct modes serve to give the impression that several vehicles have been combined into one Espace. At the heart of the Multi-Sense system lies the 4Control chassis (four-wheel steering) which has been mated for the first time with electronic damper control to deliver nimble performance and reassuring enjoyment. The feeling of safety is further enhanced by a comprehensive raft of driver aids.

Under the bonnet, the new Espace draws benefit from Renault’s expertise as an engine manufacturer – as well as its experience as the pioneer of turbocharging and downsizing in Formula 1 – to offer a choice of contained-capacity engines which drive through six or seven-speed EDC dual-clutch transmissions.

The 20% fuel consumption and CO² emissions gains represented by these three latest-generation powerplants work with the new Espace’s carefully-honed aerodynamics (Cd:0.30) and lighter weight (a 250kg saving) to heighten the sense of pleasure and efficiency delivered by the new model. Behind the wheel of the new Espace, driving enjoyment takes on another dimension say the company.Geoff Maxted