Renault Trafic (2014–)

Last updated 13 August 2019

Strong twin-turbo 1.6 diesels, interior that doubles up as a mobile office, L1 capable of carrying three Euro pallets.
Can't match its key rivals for payload, some minor material issues in the cabin, technically not an all-new van rather a thorough revamp of the old Trafic.
Updated 23 April 2019
2019 Trafic van launched

Updated Renault Trafic is a revamped van offering a new interior and exterior design with new 2.0 engines and EDC6 automatic gearbox. The cabin is revised with an updated dashboard with satin chrome...

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Contrary to the hype, the Renault Trafic was not an all-new when it was relaunched in 2014. Instead, it’s a thorough revamp, with improved engines, load area and a new car-like cabin. Like its predecessor, the Renault majors on versatility, with low fuel costs and a huge choice of bodystyles. 

The Trafic rivals the Ford Transit Custom and is offered in numerous configurations, which include panel van, platform cab and nine-seat minibus. Renault also offers a ‘Ready to Work’ range of optional racking systems which are fitted before delivery, meaning owners who need specific kit for work can pick up their new van from the dealer and get right to business. 

The Trafic is available in two lengths and two heights and can carry items of up to 3.75 metres (L1 version) or 4.15 metres (L2) in length. Carrying capacity ranges from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic metres, while the load area has a simple-to use through-hatch that allows the loading of planks or pipes.

The Trafic can be ordered with an optional interior overhead rack that can carry pipes or a ladder. The van also has 20 anchor points and half sized panel protection as standard. Even the smallest L1 model is capable of carrying three Euro pallets, while the maximum permitted payload weight ranges from 1079kg to 1281kg, depending on size and engine choice.

Under the bonnet, the Trafic was launched with a range of 1.6 turbodiesels with 90PS or 115PS, while fuel economy for both peaked at an official 43mpg. The best engines, however, is the twin-turbo 1.6 with 120PS or 140PS and economy up to 47mpg. For heavy work the twin-turbo engines are best, with most of their torque available from just 1250rpm.  

The 1.6 dCi diesels were phased out in 2019 and replaced with 2.0 dCi engines as part of an extensive midlife update. The 2.0-litre turbodiesels are more efficient, quieter and easier to drive than the old 1.6s. Outputs for the 2.0 dCi are 120PS, 145PS or 170PS, with the entry-level 95PS Trafic being axed from the line-up.

The cabin is reminiscent of the current Renault car range, with decent quality materials and a comfortable, MPV-style driving position. Renault has also given significant emphasis to the ‘mobile office’ theme, with a dash mounted cradle for a mobile phone or tablet PC. The centre seat can also be transformed into a laptop holder and there is a built in, removable clip board that can be directed at the driver or passenger. 

Driven: 2019 Renault Trafic dCi 145

Renault's medium size van gets an important midlife update, with new engines, improve refinement and better tech. Will the new and more comfortable Renault Trafic be good enough to rival the best in class, Ford Transit Custom?

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