Renault Espace: A New Generation of Spaciousness and Comfort
Renault Espace, a legendary model that was once a minivan, has undergone significant changes in its latest generation. It is now a traditional large SUV, representing the shift in the automotive industry as a whole towards larger vehicles. The rise in SUVs has led to the decline of other car classes, with the Espace being a prime example of this trend.
In terms of design, the Espace has lost some of its elegance seen in the Austral but remains an impressive SUV. Inside, it offers plenty of space and functionality, incorporating appealing design elements and top-notch features like digital instruments and an efficient Google-powered infotainment system. The car comes standard with seven seats, with an option for a five-seater version that also provides additional trunk space.
The third row’s limited space makes it less suitable for adults on longer journeys. When fully utilized, the trunk offers 159 liters of space, while this expands to 477 liters when the back seats are folded down. The hybrid drive system delivers high efficiency and fuel economy, covering 80% of city journeys on electric power. However, it also has minor electric motor limitations such as a 175 km/h speed cap and slightly delayed gear shifts.
The Espace is suspended for comfort but doesn’t compromise its maneuverability thanks to an advanced steering system on all wheels. The 4Control steering enables precision and faster cornering, making parking and maneuvering easier. These advanced features make it a top choice for larger families seeking spacious yet elegant transportation options.
Overall, Renault Espace holds its own as Renault’s largest and most striking car. Offering comfort, an economical drive, and plenty of interior space, it is an excellent choice for drivers in need of ample seating and trunk capacity despite its speed limitations.
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