2001 Renault Grand Espace V6-24 The Race 3.0 V6 24 valves from Netherlands

Summary:

Best of the MPVs

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

Looks better than any other MPV.

Very comfortable and fast family car, especially for long trips and holidays.

The engine (3 liter V6 24 valves) is definitely an improvement over previous models; it has much more power and torque. Fuel consumption is a bit of a problem; the engine is very thirsty!

The automatic electronic gearbox also is much better than its predecessor.

The car handles very well and is very stable even at top speed.

For a private owner this car may be expensive because of the fuel consumption.

The Grand Espace allows you to take incredible amounts of luggage with besides the members of your family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2002

1998 Renault Grand Espace RXE 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Faults:

After 2 days old the carpets were wet. It had been very heavy rain and the roads were flooded, although that is no excuse. The problem was traced to a badly fitted door seal. 5 months later no re-occurrence yet!

Small rattle in dashboard developed after 4 weeks. I don't want to risk trying to get it fixed at the moment as this may make things worst.

3k miles and 5 months old, rubber seal on opening tailgate window has worked loose, this has still to be reported to the dealer.

Great car but I do have some doubts over build quality. Only time will tell.

I think I will take out the extended warranty once the 1 year is up. Come on Renault, most other companies offer 3 years.

General Comments:

Grand Espace is great to drive. Comfortable with a lot of practical features built in. CD HiFi system great. Flexible seating has yet to be fully exploited. I have the 2 rear seats removed and this provides a huge flat boot space with easy loading. Excellent vehicle for families greater than 4, I have 5, but is expensive compared to a Ford Galaxy Ghia X for example. Grand Espace has a much large boot which was one of the main deciding factors in choosing this car.

Can't wait to go on a long holiday trip in the summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 1999