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RENAULT TRAFIC SWB DIESEL

SL28 ENERGY dCi 145 Business+ Van EDC

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The improved version of Renault's third generation Trafic van looks a stronger proposition, as Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Renault's Trafic is one of those vehicles that has quietly inveigled itself into an almost invisible ubiquity. They're everywhere, but are such a part of the automotive landscape that they barely register. Unless, that is, you're looking to run a fleet of vans and then the Trafic registers front and centre of your buying decision and has done since it first appeared in Renault dealers back in 1981. That first generation model was replaced here in 2001 with a second generation model that saw service for thirteen years. In 2015, this third generation model waded into the fray against rivals like the Volkswagen Transporter and the Ford Transit Custom, not to mention its design siblings, the Fiat Talento and the Nissan NV300. It was updated in mid-2019, then again in mid-2021 to create the LCV we're looking at here.

Driving Experience

A full range of expanded and improved 2.0-litre Blue dCi diesel engines suit the needs of all Trafic drivers, with four powertrain options ranging from 110 to 170 horsepower, offering more torque for stronger pulling power. All Blue dCi 110, 130, 150 and 170 versions are coupled with a manual transmission, while the Blue dCi 150 and Blue dCi 170 are also available with an EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox. What else? Well the driving position's as commanding as you would expect and big door mirrors with convex surfacing on their lower and outer edges are present and correct to help with manoeuvring that can be aided by the neat wide angle mirror fitted to the back of the passenger sunvisor. Further embellishments intended to help you avoid urban scrapes include options like parking sensors and two kinds of rear view camera. Another thoughtful touch is the 'Eco Mode' you can select by pressing this button by the gearstick. This restricts the pulling power of the engine and promotes greater efficiency.

Design and Build

True, there's only so much a van designer can do with a rectangular box with a wheel at each corner, but there's clearly been a concerted effort to distinguish the Trafic from the workaday LCV norm. This revised model gets more expressive front-end design, with full-LED headlamps incorporated into a C-shaped lighting signature that represents the identity of the Renault line. A bolder upright grille and smarter wheel designs complete the changes. Inside, there's a smarter dashboard design defined by a horizontal trim feature that stretches across the width of the cabin and into the door panels, giving a greater sense of space. A revised instrument panel features additional chrome detailing, which also features on the door panels and gear lever. Naturally, the interior of New Trafic continues to offer one of the best storage capacities in the market with 84-litres of stowage space, including under passenger seat storage of 54-litres. Additionally, by folding down the backrest of the middle seat, the New Trafic's cabin transforms into a mobile office, with enough space for a laptop and an A4-size swivel stand to hold working documents. The backrest of the central seat can also be used for a comfortable lunch break in bad weather. Connectivity and the office-like feel of the interior are intensified with the availability of on-board multimedia solutions. Renault's EASY LINK infotainment system offers drivers control over multimedia and vehicle settings via an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, with integrated navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. A wireless phone charger, three USB ports and a 4.2-inch colour display in the instrument panel add greater convenience.

Market and Model

The Trafic is offered in two body lengths and two roof heights. Prices start at just over £25,000 ex VAT. Depending on the version, there are a choice of four trim levels - 'Business', 'Business+', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. In addition to the Panel Van version, and as with the previous model, the Trafic is available in Passenger and SpaceClass body styles. Both variants benefit from the improved styling and drivetrain upgrades of the Panel Van, with the family-focused Passenger also receiving new upholstery, rear air conditioning booster and sliding windows. Nine new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are now included, along with a new front airbag that protects both passengers. Among the features available are adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind spot warning, active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition with overspeed alert, driver attention alert and automatic high and low beam for the full LED lights. Aiding manoeuvres are front, rear and side parking sensors, plus rear parking camera. This improved Trafic is available with a comprehensive suite of customer finance packages including a 5 Year PRO+ Promise designed to offer a complete peace of mind package for customers. This integrates 5 Years' 0% APR Finance, 5 Years' or 100,000 miles Free Servicing, 5 Years' or 100,000 miles Warranty and 5 Years' Roadside Assistance.

Practicalities and Costs

The Trafic panel van is offered in two lengths. The standard L1 configuration measures 4,998mm from stem to stern, with the L2 breaking the tape at 5,398mm. There are also two roof heights to choose from. Cargo capacity ranges between 5.2 and 8.6 cubic metres. Renault has also been smart about accommodating even longer loads too, with a flap that extends through the bulkhead and below the front seats to allow up to 2.95m long items. Need even more length? Then simply open a secondary flap that extends into the front footwell, allowing up to 3.2m long items to be taken on board. Of course, you could always just opt for the longer L2 model with its cavernous 4.15m load length (inc. the open-flap cabin section), the longest in the segment. The cabin has been designed with everyday practicality in mind with a market-best total stowage capacity of 84-litres. There are 14 bins, trays and cubbies of different forms and sizes. They range from 0.2 to 54-litres and are specially designed to house the everyday items employed by business users, including water bottles, cans, cups, cell phones, tablets, notebooks, pens, hard hats, boxes, and so on. There's even a cradle mount for a tablet located above the radio. This suits tablets with screen sizes of between 4.8 and 10.6 inches, so a 9.7 inch iPad or a 10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will easily fit, as well as smaller units like the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Efficiency is improved in this revised model. All the 2.0-litre Blue dCi engines meet the latest Euro 6D-Full standard and are equipped with Stop & Start to reduce fuel consumption.

Summary

The van market is changing - and this Renault Trafic has needed to change with it: it has. We especially like the careful touches: the load-through facility in the full-steel bulkhead that lets you poke long items into the cab. The 'Eco Mode' driving option that makes it easy to lower your running costs. The Mobile Office package with its folding front seat. The way you can mount your smartphone or tablet on the dashboard to work with Renault's clever R&GO app. And the wide-angle passenger sunvisor mirror that helps when reversing. Though we've seen some of these things before in other LCV products, they've been delivered here with a greater level of thought and thoroughness that operators will like.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency48.70mpg
Emissions
Emissions153.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed109mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Gearshift indicator
  • Trip computer

Exterior Features

  • Black door mirrors
  • Body coloured front bumper + tail light column and door rail
  • Electric front windows with one touch drivers window
  • Heated with electric adjustment door mirrors and external temperature sensors
  • Roof bar fixings
  • Wide view mirror

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front
  • 16 load anchorage points
  • Closed glovebox
  • Height adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and armrest
  • Kompo upholstery
  • Mobile office
  • Passenger seat bench with under seat storage
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Smartphone cradle

Safety

  • 3 point height adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiter
  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • Alarm
  • Deadlocking
  • Electronic immobiliser

Technical

  • 20L AdBlue tank
  • 4 disc brakes
  • 80 litre fuel tank
  • ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution)
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    153
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    192

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    Yes
  • Bore
    80
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1997
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Codes
    R9M408
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    No
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Stroke
    79.5
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    48.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    48.7

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    145
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery Volts
    12
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MACPHERSON STRUTS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    4
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    COIL SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    24000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Steering
    PAS RACK AND PINION
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    11
  • BHP
    145
  • Engine Power KW
    107
  • Engine Power RPM
    3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    258
  • Engine Torque MKG
    35.7
  • Engine Torque NM
    350
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    109

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    NEDC Correlated

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    Yes
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    933
  • Height
    1971
  • Length
    4999
  • Load Deck Height
    552
  • Load Height
    1387
  • Load Length
    2537
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1268
  • Load Width
    1662
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1391
  • Rear Door Height
    1320
  • Rear Overhang
    968
  • Side Load Door Height
    1284
  • Side Load Door Width
    1030
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.84
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    12.4
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1368
  • Wheelbase
    3098
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1956
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2283

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    80
  • Gross Train Weight
    4700
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2860
  • Load Space Volume
    5.2
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1840
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1810
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1050
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1650
  • Plated Front Axle
    1625
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

"a month ago"

Ollie Emery

Ollie Emery

"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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