Four large vans to look out for: NV400, Master, Movano, Crafter

Date: Thursday, July 05, 2018

 4_Renault Master

Renault Master

With three lengths, three roof heights, front- or rear-wheel drive, five 2.3-litre diesel engines and a wide range of conversions, there’s no lack for choice where the Master is concerned.

There are also two trim levels, Business and Business+, and the entry-level gets rake-adjustable steering, ESC with hill-start assist and the Grip Xtend traction control system, plus DAB radio with USB connectivity and Bluetooth.

All engines are mated to six-speed manual or Quickshift6 transmissions. The twin-turbo Energy dCi 165hp, which we tested in FWD LM35 LWB, medium roof, Business+ form, offers precise steering, and the six-speeder is reliably crisp.

The cabin boasts a plentiful 150 litres of storage room. Much of this is accounted for by the space beneath the passenger seats, which isn’t compartmentalised. The overhead shelf, however, is split into two with a tachograph holder in the middle. Pulling down the middle seat back, meanwhile, reveals a desk with a swivelling table.

Finally, an electric version, the Z.E., will go on sale in the last quarter of 2018.

Sample model: LH35 2.3dCi Business

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