In the cab, we get special sporty seats with lumbar adjustment, a leather steering wheel, a fold-down little desk in the middle seat back, a ‘Luxe’ pack which adds all kinds of bling and silvery bits to the cab and even a cradle for the mobile phone. Likewise the manual gearbox, which is as enjoyable to use as much more sporting iterations of the breed. You can fit three adults across the bench seat in relative comfort, although two occupants will be more comfortable for longer trips. When I informed him he could actually buy one like it from the local Renault dealer, he seemed staggered (and envious). Excludes Government, Rental and National Fleet customers. Maximum term 36 months. My partner has some health issues to contend with and she found long journeys in our last long-termer, a VW Caddy, a trial because she couldn’t stretch out far enough. Years ago when running long termers, we invariably reported a catalogue of mishaps, disasters and breakdowns. The plan goes like this – the company buys 50 ordinary Trafics and one Formula version. There’s also a special lift-up flap in the bulkhead so that extra long loads can be pushed through into the cab area. 211,982 kilometers is driven with this vehicle. But otherwise, this van is ideal for Australian conditions and roads. Motor blew up within the first 4500 kms and had to be replaced. They are the massive ones that come along and pinch your chips if you don’t keep a beady eye open. Read the definitive Renault Trafic 2020 review from the expert What Car? Makes you wonder why so many people buy HiAces…. Find your perfect deal with our award winning car search. This question arose largely because the long-term Renault Trafic we have on trial is not exactly what you would call a fleet model. Recommended List Price (MRLP) inclusive of GST, exclusive of options and on road costs. This ‘fault’ is not exclusive to the Trafic – indeed most vans are guilty of it – but why, oh why, can’t the various manufacturers do something to alleviate it? I’ve spoken to several business people round my way who are constantly having to valet their vehicles, adding to the day-to-day running costs of the fleet. It follows the current trend towards engine downsizing with a 1.6-litre engine - the smallest one here - and adheres to the European preference for manual transmissions by not offering a two-pedal option. Meanwhile at home, many of my neighbours have stopped to admire and comment on this little bobby dazzler – and I caught one guy actually taking a photograph of it. Our Renault goes back with a clean bill of health and a great big tick in the “wow” box from us, because this particular Trafic is rather special – it’s the Formula Edition, loaded with bling and extra stuff you don’t usually get on a commercial vehicle. On that subject, the load height itself is near-perfect, and not just for motorcycles or scooters. Based on thousands of real life sales we can give you the most accurate valuation of your vehicle. The front-wheel drive Renault Trafic Crew is B-I-G big with an expansive 3498mm wheelbase that's 278mm longer than a Ranger 4x4 dual cab ute.The Renault is also 123mm taller, 97mm wider and 44mm longer overall. The passenger gets a fold-down cupholder, the door bins are massive, and there’s a clever fold-out storage pocket ahead of the driver’s knee, which is ideal for anything small like house keys or a wallet. The LED lighting is excellent, and it’s super bright at night, which made loading and unloading the Vespa a cinch. Should we have chosen a “fleetier” variant? I had been about to back up as I couldn’t see anything in the rear view mirrors but a glance at the reversing camera screen on the dash revealed a girl aged about 14 chatting to her mate on her mobile, oblivious of the fact that my reversing lights were on and I had almost backed into her. In this improved version of the third generation design, the Renault Trafic LCV gets a range of more efficient 2.0-litre dCi diesel engines, the option of EDC auto transmission and a smarter cabin with extra technology. I also found that when loaded with about 900 kg of weight the van struggles. Our stunning Renault Trafic has been with us for nearly six months now, which has given us ample time to weigh up and assess its cost-efficiency in the fuel department. As tested, the Renault Trafic SWB 103 will set you back $37,990 before on-road costs. The girl may not have learned a lesson here, but I surely did. Some high profile fleets – such as, say, local businesses or tech firms that want to cut a dash on the high street – will certainly do just that with this model. There’s little button on the dash which slightly knocks the power down but can add up to 15% on fuel economy so we keep this pressed firmly in. It’s an excellent system that is one of the few I’ve ever left active for the duration of my week behind the wheel. Those two gripes apart, this van has constantly surprised and pleased me, both with its superb comfort and its impeccable driving manners on the road. In these days of competent automatics, a manual gearbox (especially in traffic) can get really annoying really quickly. But inside the cab there’s plenty to talk about. Offer available on new MY20 & MY21 Renault TRAFIC ordered between 01/01/21 and 31/03/21 and delivered by 15/04/21. Use our free online car valuation tool to find out exactly how much your car is worth today. Luckily for me, the Trafic has a little button on the dash that slightly cuts down the torque and promises up to 7% savings on diesel, so I’ve kept it pressed in all the time. Vans like the Renault Trafic are cost-effective, quality options that should be in your consideration set. If you’re new to the van world, take our word that the Trafic is a significant step forward from vans of old. The Trafic is covered by a three-year/200,000km warranty, and most owners will get to that within the first three years too. That honest assertion should prove a massive pat on the back for Renault. With the best range of second hand Renault Trafic vans across the UK, find the right van for you. It’s a long wheelbase variant for starters, which ups the loadspace from 5.0 cubic metres in the SWB model to a useful 6.0 cubic metres – and the rear of the van is fully ply-lined, so even with dirty loads, the wood panelling can be removed at selling time to reveal a pristine cargo area. The rear barn doors are really clever. Prices for the 2018 Renault Trafic range from $23,990 to $39,990. Given much of my driving is on motorways, it will be interesting to see whether we can get anywhere near the official figure. I’m sure I’m not alone when I relate this tale of woe, so my question to all van manufacturers is this – why do there have to be so many unreachable little nooks and crannies under a van’s seats? First glimpse of the new vehicle showed it to be so different as almost to be described as space age, with a curious bump in the roof and dashing lines that made it look different from any other van on the road. This second hand Renault Trafic passenger transporter is now in stock at BAS Vans. The official figure on the combined cycle is 46.3 mpg, but, as we all know, this figure is calibrated on a rolling road so fails to take into account either cargo weight or wind resistance, thus is unlikely to be replicated in real life. So, if you put a box of tissues there for use while driving along, you probably won’t be able to get it out again when you need it. Our Trafic only had a sliding door on one side, which is fine in standard trim, and in most cases you don’t want to be standing out in traffic on the driver’s side trying to get things out of a van anyway. The Trafic gets up to highway speed quickly – and stays there – too. The other is that the mobile phone holder on top of the dash isn’t big enough to hold many of today’s smartphones. If six cubic metres of cargo space isn’t enough then the rival Citroën Dispatch XL, costing £26,115 ex-VAT, offers 6.6 cubic metres while the Volkswagen Transporter LWB hi-roof, at £26,475 ex-VAT, has a whopping 9.3 cubic metres. Obviously, our test model came without signage but, with a company logo attached, everyone will look at it – and read whatever message happens to be emblazoned in the side at the same time. Search & read all of our Renault Trafic reviews by top motoring journalists. Terms, conditions and fees apply. A discussion arose among the journalists at Commercial Fleet the other day about which vehicles we should be testing and which were more appropriate to leave to other other titles. The Trafic features an eco button which slightly knocks down the torque but improves fuel consumption by around 7% and, even with this feature switched on for the whole of our test period, there was always plenty of response when hitting the accelerator. But, nowadays technology has advanced at such a rate that very rarely does anything go wrong – a huge boost, of course, both financially and logistically, for any fleet operator. However, the Trafic is one of the new brigade that is a lot more car-like than ever before. The second you depress the clutch, the engine fires back into life, there’s no shuddering or strange noises, and no delay that can be dangerous if you need to make a speedy getaway across traffic. The R-Link system in the centre console seems to do just about everything but cook me a cheeseburger and fries and there’s even a clip to hold my mobile phone. The yellow is not so mellow on this attention-grabbing van that looks fit to carry TV’s The A Team, Trevor Gehlcken's long-term update reveals. It has also been marketed as the Fiat Talento, the Nissan NV300, the Mitsubishi Express and, until the model year of 2018, as the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro (next generations are based on PSA-designed platform). The Renault Trafic has a contemporary look and style with a cabin that is clearly aimed at attracting the owner-operators out there. The Trafic arrived with just delivery mileage on the clock, but fuel economy is rising slowly as the weeks pass. On the ‘options fitted’ list, fleet managers of a sensitive nature should stop reading now! A glance at the pictures shows this Trafic is about as far from ordinary as is possible to get – weighted down with bling and accessories that most fleet drivers can only dream about. The ride is competent too, even when the Trafic is unladen. Trafic news, reviews, comparisons and videos, Engine and gearbox are both excellent, along with stop/start, Cabin has an enormous amount of useful storage space, Load area is flexible and LED lighting is fantastic, Tiny reverse camera in the rear-view mirror isn't as good as it should be, Visibility is compromised by solid sides, like it is with all vans. And don’t forget that if the general public are looking at the van, they will also be looking at any company logos on the side. Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win! Under way, this van really is a dream to drive. Of course, the problem with rearward cameras and sensors is that the fleet manager can struggle to assess their true value. With the doors out of the way, it gives you so much more room to manoeuvre something that might require two people to load. The van has its own sat-nav system but all my details and destinations are on my personal unit, so I still use that one. Having said that, technology marches on at a spectacular pace and the Trafic fares badly in fuel economy terms against the newer Citroën Dispatch/Peugeot Expert rivals. On a happier note the importance of air-conditioning has been brought home to me fully in the August heatwave. Premium paint available at additional cost. Suffice to say I’m relishing the thought of using this van for the next six months – and there is likely to be a queue of car testers from sister title Fleet News wanting to try it out, too, something that rarely happens when we get commercial vehicles on trial. In fact, on a couple of occasions, it has more resembled a piece of abstract art rather than a commercial vehicle. The 2018 Renault Trafic was available in ten variants, is classed as a Van and was built in France. Our test figure of 39.8mpg is a little askew as the engine is new and has yet to loosen up so we’ll be keeping you updated on fuel economy as the months pass. Compare prices of all Renault Trafic's sold on CarsGuide over the last 6 months. The tie-downs are sturdy enough for a motorcycle too, and once strapped in, the Vespa didn’t move over more than 100km between stops. I took some time to study other van drivers on the motorway and you could clearly see which ones had air-con and which ones didn’t – and I felt sorry for the poor souls sweating their way through a working day in such conditions. 2019 Toyota HiAce LWB diesel manual review. When pitching up at the car park, I have been the subject of various jealous looks from the staff of other magazines that share our headquarters. I had to drive my camper van on the six-hour trek to my holiday home in Devon recently and, as my own vehicle doesn’t have air-con, I ended up soaked in sweat, with my head thrumming from the noise of the wind coming in through the open sidescreens. Renault Trafic van review ... 25 Sep 2018. 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You can’t take a big van through an automatic car wash and those people who stand around in supermarket car parks with cloths and buckets won’t touch them either. 2018 Renault Trafic LWB Crew Lifestyle review By By Ed Standfield 17th Jan 2019 0 Comments I've owned several vans over the years, as I've worked in the building trade most of my life, and because of this occupation, you get yourself into many different predicaments on a daily basis. The £400 or so per van this little ‘luxury’ costs will pale against the sums incurred in the event of a sweat-induced smash. But there are drawbacks, too – and one of the biggest is the presence of thousands of herring gulls. The more time you spend in the Trafic, the more it feels like a much smaller van – not much different to driving the stablemate Kangoo to be honest. It has also become one of the most ubiquitous commercial vehicles on the roads today, as it is rebadged as the Vauxhall Vivaro, Nissan NV300 and more recently the Fiat Talento. The Trafic hit the market already touting strong commercial credentials and now Renault is exploring the work and play potential of the Trafic. 6-seater crew versions of the Trafic are expected in Australia in early 2017 and the Sport package is expected to arrive mid-2017. On the subject of stop/start, that system is excellent too, and we’ll also cover that in a minute. Gears slip into place smoothly, corners are taken with the utmost aplomb and with 147PS under the bonnet from the perky little 1.6-litre turbodiesel unit, it is never lacking in oomph. When we are offered vehicles to test from the various manufacturers, we never quite know what actual model is going to turn up. Renault Formula Edition Trafic… Whatever the rights and wrongs of testing this van for six months, I am enjoying the experience in the extreme. By now, I am well used to all the admiring (and sometimes jealous) stares from other van drivers and am immensely enjoying using all the gizmos and gadgets that accompany it. Seated high and mighty behind the wheel of the 2018 Renault Trafic SWB 103, I’m rolling along the motorway at 110km/h, engine ticking over just north of 2000rpm, manual gearbox in sixth, … want one. Like the dual-cab ute sector, the working van sector is an interesting one. By Trevor Gehlcken. Suffice to say on a seven-hour trip from my home down to our holiday place recently, I did not suffer one backache. As the months go by, I am still discovering little extras I hadn’t noticed before, this van being awash with non-standard goodies. Quite how the PSA contender manages to squeeze so much out of a gallon of diesel is something of a mystery, but maybe the rivals should start investigating. The Renault has air conditioning. Find 2018 Renault Trafic used vans for sale on Auto Trader, today. Seated high and mighty behind the wheel of the 2018 Renault Trafic SWB 103, I’m rolling along the motorway at 110km/h, engine ticking over just north of 2000rpm, manual gearbox in sixth, listening to a podcast through the USB input, and I’m struck by just how bloody enjoyable this van is to drive. Even ascending some steep hills hasn’t resulted in the need for that extra little bit of oomph. After six months of being our video team’s runaround van, our Renault Trafic has made its way back to the French brand’s headquarters. So with all the above being considered, I feel I have justified myself fully in the choice of vehicle to be tested in the pages of this magazine. It’s snappier, faster and more intuitive than some luxury vehicles we’ve tested. But, at least, it will give us a chance to put all those extras to the test and recommend to our readers which ought to be specified at fleet buying time and which can safely be left out. As I am now past retiring age, maybe my younger colleagues could take up the cudgels where I left off. Our long term "far from ordinary" Renault Trafic is weighted down with bling and accessories that most fleet drivers can only dream about. Looking for alternatives to the used Renault TRAFIC 2014 - 2019? review team guide you through some great options. It would be easier to do than you think. It just about ticks every box. the closest you will get to driving an RS version of a van. It looks as though the price of fuel is rising again so van fleet operators will be keeping a beady eye on official fuel economy figures when those all-important buying decisions are being made. On the safety front, there are all the usual bits and pieces which are now a legal requirement, plus reversing sensors, a reversing camera and cruise control. Of course, now that the PSA Group has bought Vauxhall and has committed to building a brand new Vivaro at the plant from next year, our guess is that this new model will be a replica of the present Citroën Dispatch/Peugeot Expert, although no official news has emerged yet. No complaints for Renault Trafic which ticks the 'wow' box : long-term test review. Try as I might I couldn’t even see them until I had pushed the driver’s seat as far forward as it would go and there they were, nestled in a hollow wedged between two bits of metal. A little competition is set up among the drivers to see who returns the best fuel economy – this figure being available courtesy of the firm’s onboard telematics system. If these sensors are not a standard fitting, then they should be the first thing to be added on the list of extras. Our comprehensive reviews include detailed ratings on Price and Features, Design, Practicality, Engine, Fuel Consumption, Ownership, Driving & Safety. Newcomers like Hyundai have shaken the game up recently, but plenty of buyers still opt for favourites like a Toyota HiAce without really thinking about the European options. The Dispatch extra long 150PS model, about the nearest rival to our Trafic from the PSA Group, claims a staggering 53.3mpg on the combined cycle. Discover All New & Used 2018 Renault Trafic Cars For Sale in Ireland on DoneDeal. Step up into the cabin, and a few things become immediately apparent – firstly, there’s an expansive view forward, and almost none at the rear three-quarter thanks to the solid sides. Read the full review here. The 2018 Renault Trafic was sold with an engine … You can get a standard Trafic for a tad in excess of £20,000 (ex-VAT) but once all the bling and technology is added – and in long wheelbase format – our test van comes in at £32,210 (ex-VAT). What a tangled web the van manufacturing industry is at present! Although the kilometre cap has been lifted, the three-year term remains. The Renault Trafic is a medium van that competes against the likes of the Ford Transit Custom and the VW Transporter.This version was first launched in 2014. Given we reckon an average driver will score around 10-15% less than the official figure on a good day, we are pretty pleased with our tally. Now with Car Finance from Trusted Dealers. The Trafic has notched up just more than 7,000 miles while with us and many of those miles have been long distance journeys from Southend to Devon – a trip of some six hours and 300 miles. Both have 155PS on tap and the Transporter returns 43.5mpg on the combined cycle to the Trafic’s 46.3mpg, while the Dispatch trumps both at an admirable 53.3mpg. It’s got a short throw, is precise, and I never tired of using it. My wife was delighted to find a massive ‘vanity’ mirror on the passenger side and was happily preening herself before I pointed out that it was, in fact, a special safety mirror which allows the driver to see down the nearside of the vehicle. The seat – a non-standard one – is wonderfully comfortable and supportive, with a lumbar adjustment that helps an old groaner like me avoid back twinges on long journeys. Motor blew up within the first 4500 kms and had to be replaced. Renault has extended its light-commercial vehicle warranty to unlimited kilometres, instead of the existing 200,000km cap. In this case, we were expecting the usual run-of-the-mill fleet-type Trafic and were stunned when this little humdinger pitched up. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. They will pay for themselves time and time again, believe me. There are 9 seats. The official combined fuel economy figure is a pleasing 46.3mpg. But, if I have to be ultra-picky, one problem is that the side pockets in the doors are virtually impossible to get at while on the move. However, updated with a facelifted front end in mid-2019, the Trafic on sale in 2020 now boasts a range of 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines with as much as 170hp and the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox, enhancing its all … The storage space in the cabin is the other thing that grabs you – mainly that there’s so much of it. Register now to see if you qualify for a free subscription. Also, a van like this can be used as a carrot to improve the fuel economy of a fleet. Buy & Sell on Ireland's Largest Cars Marketplace. The Renault Trafic SWB 103 is an enticing contender in the commercial van segment, thanks to excellent driving dynamics and plenty of useful features. December 2018 - final test The time has finally come to send our dashing Renault Trafic back to its maker, having served us faithfully and reliably for the past six months or so. The frugal 6.2L/100km claim on the combined cycle is backed up by a real-world figure of 8.0L/100km after more than a week behind the wheel. Years ago when running long termers, we invariably reported a catalogue of mishaps, disasters and breakdowns. I made it a crusade during my time as editor of our previous incarnation Fleet Van to call for reversing sensors to be made a legal fitment on all commercial vehicles. The 2018 Renault Trafic range of configurations is currently priced from $23,990. ),  ply-lining at £630 (essential), passenger and curtain airbags at £660, rear parking camera at £250 (well worth it), and Renault’s R-Link Multi-Media system at £775. Luckily, it is full plylined so, despite some pretty grubby work, Renault will be able to pull off the various bits of wood and reveal a still shiny interior before the van is finally sold. You could plug a satellite-navigation unit into that socket, for example, but the proprietary Renault system is good enough that you won’t need an auxiliary unit. Meanwhile, the rival Volkswagen Transporter long wheelbase Highline variant with 150PS on tap offers 47.1mpg on the combined cycle, still nudging ahead of our Trafic, while the Ford Transit Custom Sport 170PS lags behind at 42.8mpg. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator. If we listed all the goodies on this van, it would take up a lot of space so we’ll just mention a few of the stand-out ones for the time being. It had to be done, a test of a van/bus/car. The expert What Car? So, my message to any fleet manager who thinks air-con represents an unnecessary cost is – think again. So far, much of our mileage has been long-haul stuff, which means the stop-start system doesn’t get to work very often. 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