2013 Renault Trafic Van review and test drive

The 2013 Renault Trafic– a van of many uses!

It’s striking looks make this van stand out from the crowd. The Renault’s Trafic, however, is not just a pretty face. Available in a range of styles, engine sizes, wheelbases and heights, the Trafic is a real work-horse that will suit any type of business you run and whatever cargo you need to transport. Renault was also named as Europe’s Top Light Light Commercial Vehicle (or LCV to those up on the lingo) manufacturer for 2013 so the Renault Trafic says a lot.

From refrigerated to basic panel formats, the 2013 Renault Trafic has a van for you.

The interior of the New Trafic has been completely reworked, with a new dashboard, high-quality upholstery – in fact an improved interior finish all over. It’s actually remarkably car like in here, which is quite nice and refreshing for a commercial vehicle which you may be spending a lot of time in.

Vibration dampers have been used to reduce cabin noise dramatically, so now you can really get the best out of your 30W CD/radio (standard on all models) or just enjoy a bit of peace and quiet as you drive between jobs.

But it’s the many small innovations on the New 2013 Renault Trafic that are perhaps most impressive.
Practicality is good and you’ll find handy cubby holes in all the right places, grab handles where you need them most, a handy clipboard holder, and even a cooled glove box for storing water bottles on air conditioned models. It’s this kind of attention to detail that makes you realise that Renault have really put a lot of thought into what exactly a van drivers needs.

The design is virtually identical to the Vauxhall Vivaro and Nissan Primastar, not that this is a problem. In fact, thanks to significant investment from Renault, Nissan and GM, the Trafic/Vivaro/Primastar platform is recognised to be one of the leaders in the compact van sector. Hence the bulging trophy cabinet that includes the International Van awards. Despite the shared identity, this is very much a Renault van though.
The Traffic has a wide range of engines, which may be fairly small for a van, but are absolutely no need to cause concern. There is the 2.0dCi (90bhp or 115bhp), the 2.5dCi (150bhp) or the 2.0-litre 16v petrol (120bhp) if you are feeling frisky. PAYLOAD: 1,023 – 1,217kgs

The Renault Trafic is always competitively priced and with long service intervals (every 18,000 miles / major service every 60,000) and cheap insurance, it is a cheap van in every sense. Moreover, the dCi engines are reasonably frugal with the flagship DCi 120 unit bringing back 47.9mpg on the combined cycle while churning out 155g/pk in Co2 emission. This can be increased using the 2013 Renault Trafic’s ECO mode which dulls the throttle response and keeps an eco minded eye on your revs as you travel to wherever you are going. On top of that the depreciation of the Renault Trafic is on pretty equal footing with other vans of this size and class. If you’re shopping around for a van then you simply can’t ignore the 2013 Renault Trafic as an option.

What do you think about the 2013 Renault Trafic?

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