Renault 20 Review from Germany

1979 Renault 20 TS Automatique 2.0 4 cylinder

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carSimca 1307

Summary:

With sunroof and reliable transmission, I would like to have it again

Faults:

Automatic transmission failed.

General Comments:

- A rolling sofa, reasonably sized for families up to 4

- French old school characteristics cc. upholstery and suspension

- Simple and reliable mechanics with the above mentioned exception.

A short test drive with the Vel Satis (2004/V6 petrol/aut.) was it, when my Renault 20 involuntarily came into mind, in comparison really.

The first mentioned characteristics are something that get lost nowadays, although they are highly stress-solving. With regular distances of 400 km to drive per weekend, I never experienced such relaxed rides in any car until now.

With a bare weight of about 1200 kgs, and a plain, simple 96 HP 2 litre engine, this car still would be powered more than sufficiently today and, yes, also in germany. No manufacturer would dare to offer a upper mid-sized car today with 96 HP, not even as an initial version.

The petrol consumption was a stable 8-9 litres/100 km; there was no issue mechanically since the car was a technical no-thrills design.

I remember pleasantly the looks of it now, both outside and inside (old dashboard) compared with the marketing-driven, exaggerated style nowadays.

The Vel Satis drives less spectacular than it seems; I nevertheless would prefer his predecessor if there were any.

The gloomy end of the R 20 was the failure of the automatic transmission near Munich. This is in Bavaria as you certainly know, and rather hostile terrain for french cars. The costs were not affordable for me to change the transmission, so I sadly had to leave this comfortable and friendly car in the strangelands.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review