Renault Master Review & Ratings
- 22 January 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Renault Master was launched in the year 2010 on a platform with the Vauxhall Movano and the Nissan NV400. The Master range is quite comprehensive and there are a number of different body styles available in both a front wheel drive and a rear wheel drive option. There is also a 4 by 4 conversion available. The load capacities of the Master extend to 17 m3 for the L4 H3 panel van option and there are gross vehicle weights ranging from 2.8 to 4.5 tons that are offered.
There are 3 trim options available, the debut, the core, and the sport. Each of the models is powered using a 2.3 diesel engine. The standard gearbox is a six speed manual that is operated using a gearshift that is mounted to the dash. There is also an automated transmission available.
Renault is known for offering a flair to their interior designs, and the interior of the Renault Master is no exception. The cab has been well thought out and there are a number of different storage spaces available. The idea is for the driver to be able to use the cab as a type of mobile office.
The fuel consumption for the Master is going to vary based on the model that is chosen, but typically this vehicle offers a decent fuel economy for its size. The 2.3 liter engine was designed with fuel consumption in mind. For most operators the miles per gallon will be in the high 20s.
The van should be serviced at about 25000 miles or every two years. The Master requires fewer visits to the dealer than many of the other similar models that are offered from different manufacturers.
Each of the models of the Master has a steel bulkhead at full height in order to protect the occupants of the cab from a load that shifts. In the load floor there are load lashing points. The number that is available will depend on the model. Standard equipment also includes a sliding side door. The rear doors also open up to 180 degrees.
The entry level model comes with basic equipment and there are no options available. If you want to have remote central locks, you will need to by either the core or the sport trim. It is a bit difficult to follow the model range because the sizes overlap.
Safety and Performance
To date, the reliability record of the Renault Master is unblemished. Electronic stability control is now offered in the standard models and hill start assist is included as well. Trailer sway control and load adaptive control is available as well. Behind the passenger sun visor there is a wide view mirror that will allow the driver to be able to see into the blind spot. There is also the extended grip mode that will help the van move when the roads are slippery.
The steering for the van is a bit light, which can be difficult when you are trying to move the van on the road. Overall, the Master offers a decent drive that is helped with the amount of power options that are available.
The interior, as mentioned has been well thought out. There are 4 seats fitted into the crew van model along with a full height bulkhead. This provides enough seating for the driver as well as six crew members. There are several adjustments that can be made to the driver’s seat, which means that most people will be able to find a comfortable driving position.