The Renault Trafic is a force to reckon with in the world of light, commercial vehicles. In production since 1981, the van has undergone some facelifts and mechanical restructuring over the years but not at the expense of its original soul.
The van is an exceptionally well-rounded testimony of Renault’s superior ingenuity. It is an integration of impressive performance, fuel efficiency, and drivability that you will not find in most of its closest competitors. The medium-sized van sales are currently soaring, and expectedly, 2016 Renault Trafic is among the principal benefactors – and for good reason too.
Our expert review will give you a comprehensive, totally unbiased, view of the 2016 model.
2016 Renault Trafic is offered in four engine options: All 1.6-litre engines reap the benefits of Renault’s F1 expertise to deliver performance, economy, and flexibility. The engines’ induction capacity may seem wanting at first, but a closer look reveals just how much power Renault managed to squeeze out of it. The base dCi 90 (89bhp) engine gives an impressive 260 Nm of torque at 1500 rpm. Largely suited for urban operators, it makes a run to 62 mph in under 16 seconds and emits 170g/km of CO2. Second in line is the dCi 115 (113bhp) engine which delivers 300Nm of torque at 1500 rpm (up by 40 Nm in the dCi 90). It is better-rounded making a dash to 62 mph in just above 12 seconds.
Like the dCi 90, it emits 170g/km of CO2. Fuel estimates place both engines at 43.5 mpg. Perhaps the ENERGY dCi 120 (118bhp) engine’s main advantage over its siblings would be its superb fuel economy of 47.9 mpg. The twin-turbo engine cranks out 320 Nm of torque at 1500 rpm and comes standard with Renault’s Stop & Start – optional on the dCi 90 and the dCi 140. The top-of-the-range ENERGY dCi 140 engine boasts of 340 Nm of torque at 1500 rpm and returns 46.3 miles combined on the gallon. Better than a bet with Betfair!
Its 10.8-second gallop from 0-62 mph puts it on par with some of the most powerful engine versions in Renault’s rivals. The Renault Trafic‘s highly responsive dash-mounted transmission system and well-weighted steering wheel ensure that you get as much as you can from your van.
Body Styles and Options
2016 Renault Trafic is available in three trim levels: Business, Business+ and Sport. The interior is more practical and dynamic than its predecessors. The front fascia remains unchanged apart from an enlarged Vertigo logo, slenderer headlights, and a protective wraparound front bumper.
Subject to your needs, you can choose a practical panel van, a readily convertible platform cab, a six-seater crew van, or a nine-seater passenger van. The panel van is offered in two roof heights and two wheelbases. Although the new van has been extended by 210 millimeters to measure a significant 4,999 mm, it still retains its boxy dimensions. The extension yields load volumes from 5.2 square metres to 8.6 square metres and maximum payloads of up to 1,269kg.
The crew van is designed to get your team and tools to site while the passenger van is suitable for ferrying around clients, employees or the family. The platform cab gives an allowance for conversion to anything from a mobile cafe to a campervan.
Safety and Comfort Features
Renault Trafic’s overall reinforced structure and seat belts with load limiters and pre-tensioners guarantee fort-like protection for its occupants. Front programmed-restraint airbags for driver and passenger: Passenger airbag can be disconnected to allow installation of a child seat in the front. Hill-start assist holds the van steady for 2 seconds on inclinations of more than 10%. Grip Xtend enables the vehicle to regain traction on slippery or loose surfaces.
Front fog lights enhance visibility in rainy or foggy conditions, while double spherical door mirrors ease maneuverability. Trailer Swing Assist function detects and corrects trailer sway while the Cruise Control function enables you to set or adjust a maximum speed.
Find the right driving position with an adjustable driver seat and steering wheel. Stay connected via an R&Go radio system with Bluetooth® hands-free telephone capability, a USB port, and a jack. Mix business with pleasure with the Media Nav multimedia system complete with 7″ touchscreen, Nav&GO 2D and 2.5D (Birdview) navigation, and a NAVTEQ mapping data update. Air conditioning, 90L of storage, and docks for your laptop, tablet, and smartphone are meant to make the cabin more homey. While you’re at it, please check out our Mercedes Sprinter review.