Test drive of the third generation Renault Trafic

Test drive of the third generation Renault Trafic

Needless to say, not without reason, Renault has been 17 years in a row occupies a leading position on the European market in the segment of light commercial vehicles. Much credit for this model Trafic. Particularly popular car won the second generation, which appeared in 2001 – for the time produced more than 1.5 million. Cars. In 2007, “Traffic” has undergone a restyling. And finally, last summer, the assembly line has gone completely new car – the next, third generation.

Cars Renault Trafic, as well as their “twin» Opel Vivaro, very well taken root. In addition to the good price / quality, in these machines, no doubt attracted many original design – with a projecting roof above the main body of the driver’s cab. No wonder this car factory stylists compared with an elephant’s head. It is very important that third-generation model, this design discovery survived, albeit in a less pronounced form – the roof stands, but not so noticeably.

The front part has changed radically. There were huge lights that extend the full length of the hood. New and grille, which is crowned with a large diamond – emblem of the notorious mark. Also, do not know and a massive front bumper. As for the profile, then there is also a novation. Gone characteristic longitudinal fracture, which went from the oblique line of the side windows to the front wings. This line, by the way, is no longer cut off just behind the rear wheel, and go upstairs to the line of the side windows.

Test drive of the third generation Renault Trafic

Behind Trafic third generation can be recognized by the new plafonds lamps, which are now in the cross section are not V-shaped, and the usual rectangular. The latter applies to vertical plastic stand on which are placed ceiling – they also now have a box section. By the way, the rear handle, double door is not vertically but horizontally.

Looking at the car in profile, we noted the increased front and rear overhangs. It is, compared with the precursor are added for each 100 mm. The angles of entry and exit at the same time have not changed much (especially since it’s not an SUV), but everything is possible to increase the size of the cargo compartment. In the van with standard wheelbase (L1) length has increased to 3.75 m, and in the long-wheelbase version – up to 4.15 m. In this case, the useful volume added respectively 200 and 300 liters. As for the total capacity of the cargo hold on the wagon, it ranges from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic meters, depending on the length of the wheelbase and standard or high roof.

New Renault Trafic is available in a variety of body variants: cargo van, a van with an extended cab (extended cab), as well as the Utility “combi” 6 or 9 seats; There is also a chassis-cab (platform sab).

Test drive of the third generation Renault Trafic

On a test drive, we have provided long wheelbase 9-seater “Combi”. New Trafic can be ordered in 10 different colors, four of which, including bright green, as in our case, at no additional cost. When planting in the driver’s cab is immediately noticeable innovation – door handles no longer vertical and horizontal – a natural grip. It is more convenient.

Opens wide the door. Just notice the bandwagon, the threshold below which the body carefully protects the plastic overlay, so as not to scratch the paint shoes. Handrail on the front desk is not as before, but you can compensate for the handle on the door or just grab the steering wheel. The driver’s seat is now located at 36 mm lower and 18 mm has been rejected earlier. This makes a more comfortable fit, as the minivan. Already in the basic version has adjustable cushion height, with a very wide range. The surcharge is also possible setting lumbar. Very pleased and adjustment in the longitudinal direction: here will be comfortable and Shorty and basketball. But the two-seater passenger seat of our equipment has been deprived of all kinds of adjustments.

The front panel has changed dramatically. In particular, there is no longer a peak on its entire width. A new instrument panel. His feature – a fully digital speedometer. Of course, it’s fashionable, but, in our view, should have to install it along with the usual pointer as constantly flashing numbers on the screen, like not everyone, especially for professional drivers. Two tone panel design pleases the eye. Plastic quality, pleasant to the touch texture.

On the dashboard of the test car was an ordinary radio, but for a fee you can install proprietary MEDIA NAV system with 18-cm touchscreen color display. Quite functional and knobs of interior microclimate. Incidentally, the air flows optimally configure new help rotating deflectors on edges of the front panel. Conveniently, the passengers in the main cabin can customize yourself air temperature and power blower – for which there are special handles on the ceiling, in the area of the second-row seats.

Test drive of the third generation Renault Trafic

The main cabin has two rows of triple seats. In this case they do not have regulations, but all were with headrests. Recent average number of seats are equipped with ISOFIX mountings for child seats. The third row seats can be folded, either only the back, or all completely. It is enough to pull the red loop or use small levers. It is also possible and completely dismantle the seat, and wherein the second series too. However, this requires a more complex operation with clamps. With all the seats installed rather big volume of the cargo compartment – 1800 liters. However, if you add a third row of seats, he increased almost twice – up to 3400 liters.

Would like to tuck a wide variety of storage compartments (door pockets, a niche on the front, a capacious glove box, hinged cup holders, etc.), which will increase the total capacity to 90 liters.

For third-generation Trafic, Renault has produced a new generation of diesel engines, which are used in the development of powertrain technology is a Formula 1 car. If before the two-liter engines were, now they fell to a working volume of 1.6 liters. Fuel consumption was reduced to one liter and is now just 5.7 – 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. Customers are offered two power units with a single turbine having variable geometry – capacity of 90 liters/s (260 nm) and 115 liters/s (300 Nm). And two motors with double turbine Twin Turbo – a capacity of 120 liters/s. (320 Nm) and 140 hp (340 Nm). In the latter case, the car has a good momentum of acceleration – 0 to 100 km / h in just 10.9 seconds. This engine is quite elastic – 80% of maximum torque (270 Nm) is achieved at 1250 rev / min.

We were on the test car was provided with a 115-strong turbo diesel. This motor is certainly not the most powerful, but it corresponds more loyal to fuel environmental standards Euro 5 and Euro 6 are not his brothers turbo.

Without hesitation, sit behind the wheel and the road. The first thing that drew attention – improved sound insulation, the engine is almost inaudible. Transmission – 6-step “mechanics”. If the machine is unloaded, it is possible to get a move on with the second. The first and second transmission fairly short, though, if it is good to unleash the engine, they can accelerate to 33 and 57 km / h, respectively. Clarity inclusion is good, but the course of the lever in the transverse direction is quite small, and therefore the third and fifth gear, as well as the fourth and the sixth can be unaccustomed to confuse. Incidentally, the sixth gear in the city almost never used – it is effective only at speeds above 80 km / h, starting from 1500 rev / min.

The engine pulls literally from the bottom, but there comes a significant pick-up from 1800 rev / min. For novice drivers would be handy hint system optimal transmission. So, if you fall below 1,000 revs per minute (and in higher gear below 1500), then to the instrument panel lights up arrow pointing down, indicating that you want to include a lower gear. In turn, if the turnover exceeds 2300-2500 per minute – has shown up arrow, which indicates the need to include an upshift.

With partial load our car showed an average fuel consumption in the city – 7.9 liters. We decided to improve this figure, including buttons Eco, located on the high tide, near the lever gearbox. Danae new feature reduces the maximum torque and optimize the temperature, which allows to achieve a 10 percent fuel savings. As a result, as shown, the appetite of the machine in an urban environment has dropped to 7.3 liters per 100 kilometers. As for the drive on the highway, then at a speed of 90-100 km / h we were able to achieve 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers, if the go 120-130 km / h – the average fuel consumption rate increased to 7.5 liters in the “hundreds.”

Driving characteristics above all praise. Not the least role in this is steering with good feedback; electric power also helps a parking (from lock to lock the steering wheel has a total of three turns). Road irregularities effectively extinguishes the energy-intensive suspension, new front bumpers. But on the steering wheel vibration, in our view, would be smaller. To quickly get used to the pedals. One caveat – the clutch takes later, at the top.

I would like to praise the good visibility from the driver’s seat. In this great merit of new two-section mirrors. However, the lower mirror is made aspherical. Of course, it expands the viewing angle, but at the same time, distorted image at the edges, which takes some getting used.

Test drive of the third generation Renault Trafic

In conclusion, we note at the Renault Trafic third-generation high level of security. Let’s start with the fact that the signal is not fastened seat belts are two-tone: after the first 10 seconds, dramatically increasing the volume – for inattentive drivers. In addition, the bright LED lights belt reminder and near inside cabin mirror, direct field of view.

The machine also comes standard with the system against tipping on a slippery road, which can be activated by a special button on the left of the steering wheel. And the system is also used against rollback when starting on inclines. For those who are planning to operate the machine with a trailer, it is recommended to order a system Trailer Sway Control, which eliminates its buildup by optimizing engine speed and braking of one of the drive wheels.

As a result, the new Renault Trafic has left a good impression. The machine allows you to quickly merge into traffic, providing a high level of comfort and efficiency.

To the left of the steering wheel – button system which prevents the machine to tip over on a slippery road.

Manage radio on the go helps remote mounted under the right lever paddles.

On top of the front panel – USB-connector, as well as a handy holder for coins.

Passengers main cabin can configure yourself the necessary air temperature. To do this we have vents in the ceiling and a bullet control (on average close).

The doors open at an angle of 90 or almost 180 degrees. To do this, remove the fasteners comfortable.

Move, The Doors – capacious pockets.

Improved manageability promote new front shock absorbers.

Rear suspension – spring, with good traction Panara dampens road irregularities. Dampers stiffness change depending on the vehicle load.