31 October 2014
French maker Renault introduced the Trafic Sport van as its most stylish work vehicle ever and if you take a look at the pics, the marketing talk may just have had a point. Renault believes that if you spend all day in the driver’s seat, then you should have comfortable and stylish surroundings. The sporty additions include alloy wheels, all round metallic paint and aircon making this Trafic stand out from the crowd.
The Trafic Sport van is one of the most stylish panel vans around but does it have any substance? Our test vehicle came with a 150bhp 2.0-litre oil burner under the bonnet. The Renault Trafic has lots of power when you need to overtake slower moving traffic. The 2.0-litre engine is mated to a smooth shifting six-speed gearbox. You’ll find that there is plenty of torque right across the rev range whether the vehicle is laden or unladen. The Trafic Sport is a great motorway cruiser and feels quite nimble when on outer urban runs.
The Trafic Sport van we had on test was the short wheelbase and low roof variation, which meant that the vehicle handled really well. Unladen, the Trafic Sport felt quite like drivng a car. If you want your company to exude style then the Trafic Sport van can go a long way to helping you achieve this aim. We found that it’s so easy to drive that you have to remind yourself, that you’re in a van at times.
Jump in and you’ll find that the cabin is equipped with lots of goodies to keep you comfortable and entertained. Plastics in the vehicle, looked durable, sturdy and of high quality while the materials on the seats, gave the impression that would be easy to clean. Customers will be pleased to know that Renault’s business centres have been designed so that you get the best service available. With Renault’s commitment to after-sales service you’ll be pleased to know that you can get made-to-measure services to help plan services and repairs. The business centres offer extended workshop hours, rapid vehicle drop-off service and no-appointment servicing.
With safety high on any professional’s list, then the Trafic Sport is sure to get a tick in this category. To help visibility it has rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps. Moving round to the rear, the vehicle had rear parking sensors fitted, a boon when reversing as you have only two wing mirrors to guide you. On the road, you’ll be pleased to know that the Trafic is fitted with ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), while brake Assist and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with load adjustment is also fitted to make the van as safe as posible when laden or unladen. On the inside there’s front, side and curtain airbags to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of an accident. Security is not left out, the maker has fitted a Renault Anti Intruder Device (R.A.I.D.) on the Trafic.
Space and practicality is well thought out on the Trafic Sport van. Unloading and loading is fairly simple thanks to the side and rear doors. So no matter where you’re parked delivering and picking up goods can be done with minimal fuss. The Trafic Sport Van with the short wheelbase and low roof-line has a maximum payload of 1,084kg. On the inside both front doors have large side pockets – ideal for keeping bottles of lemonade in. There’s also a multi-adjustable seat, which makes it easy to get a good driving position.
The Trafic Sport van is a statement of intent, it will make your business stand out and the driver will be comfortable in a well kitted out cabin. Not only does the business look good, but, your driver’s will feel good about their job. It has a load volume of 5 cubic metres and our test van was priced from £21,045. With a combined economy of 32mpg and Co2 emission of 232, the figures are pretty respectable.
Submitted: 09/02/2009 14:05:01
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