Renault’s pioneering Espace has set the benchmark in the large MPV market now for over 20 years and the latest version introduced a couple of years ago only confirmed its lead over the competition. Espace IV provides levels of technology, equipment, refinement and style that stand comparison with any mid size “Executive” car, even leading CAR magazine to call it “the Rolls-Royce of MPVs”.
Providing 5 star EuroNCAP crash test safety levels and features such as seats with the safety belt built-in to provide maximum comfort and safety and sliding seat rails set in the floor to maximise practicality doesn’t come cheap however. The best-selling Espace is the mid-range 2.2dCi 150 Dynamique priced at £24,800 so MPV buyers with a strict eye on the budget have to buy, how shall we put this kindly, older less sophisticated cars.
However, all is not lost for those who have always aspired to an Espace as Renault are introducing a new entry-level special edition called Espace Rush. Even though the Espace’s share of the large MPV market has gone up this year, Renault are keen to attract buyers shopping at the sub-£20,000 level at a time when most of the competition like the Ford Galaxy, VW Sharan, SEAT Alhambra and Kia Sedona is aging, having been around since the ‘90s.
Value for money
New Espace Rush is available in two engine choices, one petrol 2.0 16V 140 priced at just £18,995 and one diesel, the acclaimed whisper-quiet 1.9 dCi 120 at £19,995.
These prices are £655 less than the entry-level Authentique yet that’s not the end of the good news as extra equipment is also fitted - to the tune of £1,250 worth.
The Espace is only available in these two engines, there are no long wheelbase Grand or Automatic versions offered, keeping the range simple and prices lower. There is also a customer finance offer available at 0% APR with a 30% deposit making the monthly payment even lower.