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RENAULT GRAND ESPACE People Carrier 1998‑2003

4.2
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jamieH

Grand Espace Priviledge - Great Car!

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 3.0 V6 Privilege 5dr Auto (Review date: 1st September '11)

4.5

One of the best all round cars I've ever owned. Mine had 70K on the clock when I got it and I've done around 15,000 miles in it with no reliability issues at all. One full service cost me £300 at an independent garage and it needed no work for the MoT. I heard horror stories about the auto boxes and the cost of parts for the Espace but I've had no problems at all with this one so would recommend one every time. It's great for long trips, really comfortable and plenty of room for luggage even whith 7 adults. For an MPV it is much better looking than the van-ish styling of other models. Although it's a huge car, more room than a transit connect with the seat removed, it is easy to drive around town and surprisingly easy to park due to great all round vision and a fantastic lock. TheV6 haa huge amounts of power and is not just good for towing but fast too, the car generates lots of confused looks as it seems un-natural for an MPV to perform like a sports car, but this one does! The only downside is the fuel consumption, which can be a reasonable 35mpg if you drive like an undertaker but soon plumets to mid 20s when you put your foot down (and the car really wants you to!)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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colinH

SPACIOUS & VERSATILE M.P.V.

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 16V Expression 5dr (Review date: 11th July '11)

4.3

WE HAVE OWNED THIS CAR SINCE APRIL 2006, AND IT HAS BEEN A GOOD, RELIABLE,& VERY USEFUL VEHICLE TO US. WE HAVE NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH ELECTRONICS, (WHICH RENAULT SEEM TO HAVE A BAD NAME FOR.) THE GRAND ESPACE IS ABOUT 8 INCHES LONGER THAN THE STANDARD ESPACE, SO THERE IS ROOM BEHIND THE BACK SEATS FOR LUGAGE, OR BABY BUGGY. WE HAVE HAD A TWIN BUGGY IN THERE. THE CAR DOES ABOUT 25 MPG AROUND TOWN, GOING UP TO 30 ON A LONG RUN, PARKING CAN BE A BIT OF A TASK SOME TIMES TOO, BUT YOU CANT HAVE EVERYTHING CAN YOU ? IF YOU NEED A PEOPLE CARRIER ITS NO USE BUYING A YARIS ! TAKE THE SEATS OUT & YOU HAVE A VAN ! OR YOU CAN FOLD THE SEATS DOWN & PUT LARGE OR LONG ITEMS ON TOP OF THEM WITHOUT TAKING THEM OUT. IT ALSO HAS ROOF BARS IF YOU WISH TO FIT A TOP BOX.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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josL

Mrs Lygobaker

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 16V RT-X 5dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)

4.3

I love my car for the space but would love it to go faster and the children to have dvd players in headrests

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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michaelE

superb for sporting family

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 16V RT-X 5dr (Review date: 25th March '11)

4.5

Whether it's six up plus skis and snowboards, hulking rugby players or svelte lacrosse players the Grand Espace is a dream for a sporting family. Reliable, comfortable and capacious it's the perfect team "bus". Cruising on motorways and autoroutes it's economic and has an excellent lock for town parking. Flexible seating means there's even room for the dog cage and power points help the in flight entertainment.

Magic!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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samanthaP

excellent family car

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 16V Expression 5dr Auto (Review date: 22nd March '11)

4.5

this is a very spacious car, with plenty of boot space, leg room, head room. Even thou not so cheap to run, it has air con, electric windows, captain seats both front seats, after having my car nearly 4 years now it has been mechanically sound, i would recommend to anyone.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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cD

Comfortable, Roomy, Flexible Family Car with reliability issues

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 16V Privilege 5dr Auto (Review date: 22nd March '11)

3.8

Our Espace is a very comfortable, roomy family car which with 5 people + dog suits our needs well. The interior can be switched around easily in terms of seating and space.

However, the reliability leaves a lot to be desired. From problems with suspension to sticking solenoids in the gearbox, we've had a fair bit to cope with. Fuel consumption is not good even on longer runs - the best I managed was 32mpg, and neither of us is a hard driver.

Because Espaces are cheap, I think this car has been good value-for-money over the two years and 35,000+ miles we've owned it. The smoothness and comfort of driving makes it a pleasure, even for someone like me with a bad back. Even with six large passengers it handles well and drives easily, though obviously it lacks the oomph and performance of more powerful cars.

Would we buy one again? - that's always the $64k question. And, yes, we are considering one. But I think we may go for one of the other MPVs instead, seeking better economy and reliability.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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davidM

Grand Espace good but could be better

RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 16V Privilege 5dr Auto (Review date: 26th February '11)

3.3

Worth paying the extra for the Grand because of the extra space as load lugging is huge. Seats easy to remove and replace but heavy.

Seatbelts in the rear 5 seats are very hard to fasten.

Needs sliding rear doors not traditional opening as this inhibits the entry/exit.

Not very well thought out in engine as hard to fill oil as cap is under washer arms at the back of the engine!!!

interior very well laid out with everyting in easy reach for the driver.

Handles well for a big car and very easy to parrallel park etc.

When things go wrong the do cost a lot of money compared to some of the other similar models for other makers

Fuel consumption is poor avge 22mpg best is 30mgp on long motorway trip.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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