Renault Avantime Reviews

2003 Renault Avantime Dynamique 2.0 16v turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21700 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carRenault Safrane

Summary:

A truly unique statement

Faults:

A cracked lens at rear of car is being replaced tomorrow by the dealer.

Handbrake Gaiter has been split!

General Comments:

The newest and most expensive car I have ever bought. The whole family fell in love with this car as soon as they saw it.

Too early to talk about problems as I only got it 3 days ago - but hey I've got 2 years warranty left!

Nobody knows what it is - I suspect that most people think its some kind of Megane/Scenic!

No longer produced and one of only around 350 in the UK, now that is a real shame!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2004

6th Aug 2004, 15:42

Do you have the certificate & plaque for yours?

I am number 204.

25th Aug 2004, 06:34

No I haven't got a certifcate or plaque - where did you get them from??

30th Aug 2004, 09:16

Either call Renault uk on 08000 72 33 74 option 3 or e-mail quoting your vin number and reg number, you will be sent a plaque, certificate and a book on concept cars.

2002 Renault Avantime Privilege 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5500 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-5

Summary:

Future classic. The best

Faults:

Nothing, but it's new.

General Comments:

This is one beautiful car. It's a little odd, perhaps it's not too practical, but it turns heads like nothing else. The interior is perfect as well. Performance is good and the handilng is not bad either, but the best thing about it is its looks.

It's a MPV/coupe crossover and as such there is nothing remotely like it. It's finished in two-tone blue and silver, and in general looks extremely modern.

The main features are that it's a heavy thing, so the doors for example are hard to open uphill. It feels safe though! It's also got a huge geometric rear end with highly curved wrap-around glass, a bit like an old Saab.

Driving around in it the best thing is that everyone stares at you wondering "what on earth is that?" It makes you feel really special.

Unfortunately not many other people wanted to buy it (more fools them) so Renault stopped production in 2003 with just 5000 built. It's certainly going to be a classic, and if this is the future of car design, then I'm all for it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2003

19th Jun 2003, 14:55

Yes I agree. This car certainly points to the future in terms of looks/styling. It's a pity Renault have decided to stop manufacturing it due to poor sales as this could've been onto a winner. I see a few going around my home town and they always turn heads. Perhaps sales of the also futuristic-looking (but not quite as stylish maybe) Vel Satis could make up for what the Avantime didn't achieve. Happy driving!!

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews