If you’re after a family load-lugger, and a big SUV just won’t cut it, look no further than a versatile MPV like the new and updated Renault Trafic Passenger.
If you’re a lease customer looking to secure an affordable seven-seater with room enough for those big trips away, you might be tempted to plump for something like the Skoda Kodiaq or the Peugeot 5008.
But you’re missing a trick if you don’t also consider a van-like bus such as the Renault Trafic Passenger.
Depending on which model you go for - there’s a short and long wheelbase model available - you can have seating for up to 9 people, or a maximum load Volume of 1.8 m3. That’s a hell of a lot of room for your bikes, blow-up beds and camping gear.
And a new update for the Trafic Passenger gives it a fresh new exterior design with a completely redesigned front-end, an uprated interior, and a host of new tech.
A Renault spokesperson says:
“The latest generation New Trafic Passenger builds on the strengths of its predecessors to offer large families and passenger transport professionals even more refinement, space and connectivity.
“With a dynamic new appearance, a completely redesigned interior and the latest technology in terms of infotainment and driver assistance systems, New Trafic Passenger represents a thoroughly stylish and comfortable way in which to transport up to nine people and a large amount of luggage.”
This the first proper update of the Trafic Passenger since 2019.
And there are two distinct variants - the base ‘Business’ model and the better-specced ‘Sport’.
On both versions there’s a new bonnet and vertical grille, sleeker bumpers, LED lighting, and little flourishes to give it more of a ‘car-like feel’.
Meanwhile the interior now boasts a new instrument panel that houses a 4.2-inch TFT colour display on Sport variants and a 3.5-inch black and white display on Business versions
How else do the two trim levels vary?
Well, Business models get 16 inch steel wheels, cruise control, hill start assist and a huge 84 litres of storage space dotted around the cabin.
Sport trim adds all sorts of goodies, including 17 inch alloys, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, tinted windows, rear parking sensors, and a fully-connected music system with a DAB radio.
In terms of powertrains, there are three options - all of them based around a 2.0 litre diesel engine.
The ‘dCi 110’ and ‘dCi 150’ variants offer 110 or 150 PS respectively, and can be had on either the Business or Sport models. They won’t set your pants on fire in terms of acceleration but will return a healthy 40 mpg.
The dCi 170, however, is the one you want if you want to get a wriggle on. It’s married to an EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox and enables the Trafic Passenger to sprint from 0-62mph in around 10 seconds.
There’s also a host of eye-catching options to make the lease car your own.
The Advanced Driver Assist Pack, for example, brings an Active Emergency Braking System, Over Speed Prevention, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic high-beam and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The Renault Trafic Passenger is on sale now, priced from £28,750 plus VAT. (AUG 2021)
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