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Renault Trafic Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2014
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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“Good but others are better”

Best bits

  • Much improved from 2019 making this a far better van
  • Refined and comfortable
  • New 2.0 dCi is quiet

Not so great

  • Feels dated inside
  • Rivals can carry more payload
  • Older 1.6 dCi engine can feel lethargic

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Renault Trafic Front Side View

Overall verdict

Renault Trafic Front Interior

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Renault Trafic Side Front View

Driving

Renault Trafic Back Side View

How much does it cost to run

Renault Trafic Inside Van

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"It‘s been a very long time since Renault had a bestseller in the medium panel van market in the UK. In fact, you’d have to cast your eyes back to 2016 to find the Trafic even among the yearly bestsellers. And even then it was still behind key rivals, like the Ford Transit Custom, Volkswagen Transporter and Vauxhall Vivaro."

Renault Trafic Front Side View

Given its mixed fortunes, it’s perhaps understandable that for 2019 Renault has given the Trafic the most extensive overhaul since it was launched in 2014. 


The exterior, for example, has been smarted up with a new front-end that glistens with LED lighting signatures and generous helpings of chrome. There is also a new Urban Grey colour scheme.


There are important changes under the metal, too. The 1.6 dCi diesel engines are gone and replaced with all-new 2.0-litre dCi units, which use variable geometry turbocharging to develop more power and (more significantly) better low-gear pull under heavy loads. 


The steering and suspension has been carried over from the old Trafic, which means the 2019 van has the same sharp handling and comfortable ride quality as before. The six-speed auto is also excellent, with smooth changes and good anticipation on both the up and downshift. 


The load area of the Trafic is the same as before, which means it will be easy to transfer load area racking and storage. The Trafic gets the same smart load solutions as before, with the most-popular one being the useful bulkhead hatch that extends the van's maximum load length to 4.1 metre.


The Trafic is available in two lengths and two heights and can carry items of up to 3.75 metres. Carrying capacity ranges from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic metres, while the load area has a simple-to use through-hatch that allows the loading of planks or pipes.


Similar vans to consider include the Ford Transit Custom, the Vauxhall Vivaro and the Volkswagen Transporter.


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Renault Trafic Front Interior

On the inside

Renault Trafic Side Front View

Driving

Renault Trafic Back Side View

How much does it cost to run

Renault Trafic Inside Van

Prices, versions and specification