Renault Modus: Super Spacious Supermini | Part Three

Exceptional living space for such a compact car

The MODUS show car is further proof of Renault's ongoing commitment to passenger comfort and well-being. The aim is to ensure all occupants, wherever they are seated, enjoys the same travelling pleasure and to propose innovative solutions to individual needs inside a pleasant shared space.

The sensation of space inside MODUS is surprising given its seemingly compact exterior. At 3,792mm long, MODUS rivals with classic B-segment hatchbacks and provides a record amount of cabin space for its category: best-in-class head room in both front and back, 226mm knee room in the back and rear elbow room of 1,345mm.

MODUS proves it needn't always be a struggle getting into compact cars. Its 1,589mm tall one-box architecture plus the narrow centre pillar and optimised door width make for easy ingress and egress.

Innovative functions

MODUS sets a new standard in comfort and ease of use by enabling occupants to personalize their cabin space.

The main innovation is the "Triptic" split-fold sliding rear bench seat with a folding middle seat. It slides up to 170mm fore and aft with four possible positions and will accommodate two or three passengers as required. The two-seater configuration offers a choice of all four positions; in a three-seater configuration two positions are available. The switch from two to three seats happens in the third position: using the handle under the right-hand side of the seat, the two seats are separated and the central cushion folds down to form the third seat.

The side head restraints, which are wider than the central one, support occupants' heads in all configurations so that children and adults can adjust their seating position to suit their height and weight. This also adds boot space, just as the 60/40 split function and tilt and fold rear bench seat add to the roominess of this versatile interior.

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Published 7 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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