Renault’s Espace model is one of the most iconic vehicles produced by the brand. Originally a minivan, it was known for its class and elegance, but saw a major transformation with the latest generation. The Espace has evolved from a crossover SUV to a traditional large SUV, representing a change that mirrors similar shifts in the automotive industry as a whole.
The decline of other car classes, including minivans like the Espace, has been driven by the rise in SUVs. However, despite its new design as an SUV, the Espace remains the largest and most striking vehicle offered by Renault. It offers practicality and ample space while still retaining its unique identity.
The exterior of the Espace is designed to resemble an SUV, with its larger size and imposing appearance. Inside, it features spaciousness and functionality that were taken from the Austral model, incorporating appealing design elements and top-notch features such as digital instruments and an efficient Google-powered infotainment system.
The Espace is incredibly generous in terms of interior space, offering plenty of seating in both rows. It comes standard with seven seats and has an option for a five-seater version that also provides additional trunk space. However, 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 that expands to 477 liters when the back seats are folded down.
The Espace’s hybrid drive system was also taken from the Austral model and boasts high efficiency and fuel economy. This complex system delivers a smooth driving experience, covering 80% of city journeys on electric power. However, there are minor electric motor limitations such as a 175 km/h speed cap and slightly delayed gear shifts