Renault’s Espace has been recognized as one of the most iconic models in the automotive industry. Originally a minivan, it underwent an evolution beginning with its last generation, transforming into a crossover SUV and eventually becoming a traditional large SUV. This change reflects similar shifts in the automotive industry, as SUVs have become increasingly popular at the expense of other car classes.
In its latest generation, the Espace has embraced its new identity as an SUV while still offering practicality and ample space. Its larger design is impressive and resembles an SUV, despite losing some of the elegance seen in previous generations. The interior is spacious and functional, incorporating appealing design elements and top-notch features such as digital instruments and an efficient Google-powered infotainment system.
The Espace offers incredible interior space, with seating for seven passengers in both rows. Unlike other vehicles, it comes standard with seven seats, with an option for a five-seater version that also provides additional trunk space. However, the third row’s limited space makes it less suitable for adults on longer journeys. When fully utilized, the trunk offers 159 liters of space, which expands to 477 liters when the back seats are folded down.
The Espace’s hybrid drive system is also taken from previous generations and boasts high efficiency and fuel economy. This complex system delivers a smooth driving experience, covering 80% of city journeys on electric power. Although it has minor electric motor limitations such as a 175 km/h speed cap and slightly delayed gear shifts, these do not compromise its maneuverability thanks to an advanced steering system on all wheels. The 4Control steering enables precision and faster cornering, making parking and maneuvering easier. These advanced features contribute to the Espace being a top choice for larger families seeking spacious yet elegant transportation options.
Overall, Renault’s Espace remains one of their largest and most striking cars in their portfolio. It offers comfort, an economical drive, and plenty of interior space while still maintaining its speed limitations due to safety concerns.
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