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Renault Trafic Van Review - Multi-Purpose Medium-Sized Panel Van

Renault has been a significant player in the commercial vehicle market for decades, and the award-winning Trafic van is a very popular choice among businesses across the UK.

In this review, we take an in-depth look at the standard Renault Trafic diesel van. We'll explore its key features, performance, size, and specifications to get a better idea of what to expect from the mid-size best seller. 

Now available at our Loads of Vans dealership, by the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of how the new Renault Trafic Van can transform your business operations.

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Renault Trafic Van Highlights:

  • 3 x versions available with a choice of two body lengths and heights
  • Efficient 2-litre turbocharged Blue dCi engine
  • Expect a load volume of up to 8.9m³ with the L2H2 version
  • Benefit from a usable loading length of 4.15 metres
  • 84 litres of storage in the cabin
  • It boasts 10 new advanced driver-assistance safety systems
  • Equipped with a mobile office, including an A4 swivel stand
  • Towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes 

What Type of Van is a Renault Trafic? An Overview:

The popular Renault Trafic is a light commercial medium-sized van designed for businesses and sole traders who require a versatile and reliable vehicle. In terms of its place in the manufacturer's LCV line-up, the Renault Trafic sits between smaller vans like the Renault Kangoo and larger ones like the Renault Master.

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It is available in various body styles, including a panel van, crew van, and passenger van configurations depending on your requirements. The Trafic strikes a good balance between cargo capacity and manoeuverability, making it suitable for both city-based deliveries and rural road trips.

Offering a range of efficient diesel engines as standard, in 2024, Renault has added a 100% electric E-Tech Trafic variant for a zero-emission driving experience. 

How much does a Renault Trafic van cost in the UK?

The standard Renault Trafic panel van starts from £35,890 brand new, however, you can make BIG savings at our dealership:

Available now at Loads of Vans: Get your hands on a brand-new Renault Trafic Extra Sport model for £35,499 or make huge savings on a nearly-new Renault Trafic crew van or panel van variant with prices starting from £20,880. Don’t forget that we offer some of the cheapest Trafic vans in the UK!  

Renault Trafic Vans - Driving and Performance

When it comes to driving experience and performance, the Renault Trafic Van and the all-electric Renault Trafic Van E-Tech offer distinct characteristics. The conventional Trafic Van, powered by efficient diesel engines, provides a smooth and responsive driving experience. It offers good acceleration and ample torque for load-carrying and towing, making it a capable workhorse of a van. 

2024 renault trafic e-tech electric side view on road

The diesel engines are refined and relatively quiet, ensuring a comfortable ride for the driver and any accompanying passengers. By comparison, the Trafic Van E-Tech model, with its 100% electric powertrain, delivers an incredibly smooth and silent driving experience. The instant torque from the electric motor provides rapid acceleration, particularly in city driving conditions. 

Both the Renault Trafic Van and Trafic Van E-Tech offer good manoeuvrability and stability, thanks to their well-tuned suspension and responsive steering. Overall, while the diesel Trafic Van provides a familiar and reliable driving experience, the E-Tech electric version offers a high level of performance and a glimpse into the future of commercial transportation

Renault Trafic Van Engine Variants and Power Outputs:

Engine TypePeak Power OutputMaximum TorqueGearbox Type
Blue dCi 130130hp330NmManual
Blue dCi 150150hp350NmManual
Blue dCi 150 Auto EDC150hp350NmAutomatic
Blue dCi 170 Auto EDC170hp380NmAutomatic
52kWh battery120hp245NmAutomatic

Dimensions, Volumes, and Load Capacity of the Renault Trafic Van

The Renault Trafic Van and Renault Trafic Van E-Tech electric models offer generous dimensions and load capacities, making them suitable for a wide range of daily business uses. Available as a panel van, crew van, or passenger van, in up to four different variants made up of L1 (short wheelbase) and L2 (long wheelbase), including L1H1, L2H1, L1H2, and L2H2.  

The smaller L1H1 variant has a load volume of up to 5.8 cubic meters, while the larger L2H2 version offers up to 8.9 cubic meters. The maximum payload capacity for the diesel Trafic van ranges from 957kg up to 1,145kg, depending on the specific configuration. The Trafic van E-Tech electric model still offers a competitive maximum payload considering it has the additional weight of the battery pack. 

Both models feature a low-loading rear and wide sliding side doors, making it easy to load and unload cargo; the rear doors can open up to 180 degrees, further enhancing accessibility. With a maximum load length of up to 5.8 meters in the L2 versions (enhanced by the load-through bulkhead), the Trafic Van and Trafic Van E-Tech offer ample space for long items. 

The interior width between the wheel arches is 1.2 meters, allowing space for three standard-size Euro pallets (stacked on top of each other). Below, we list the overall dimensions and load capacities of the Renault Trafic Van and Renault Trafic Van E-Tech… 

Renault Trafic Van Size Guide:

DimensionsL1H1 VanL2H1 VanL1H2 VanL2H2 Van
Load Volume5.8m³7.75m³6.7m³8.9m³
Overall Length5,080mm5,480mm5,080mm5,480mm
Overall Width (without/with door mirrors)1,956mm / 2,283mm1,956mm / 2,283mm1,956mm / 2,283mm1,956mm / 2,283mm
Overall Height1,971mm1,967mm2,495mm2,498mm
Wheelbase Length3,098mm3,498mm3,098mm3,498mm
Loading Length2,537mm2,937mm2,537mm2,937mm
Width Between Wheel Arches1,268mm1,268mm1,268mm1,268mm
Loading Area Height1,387mm1,387mm1,898mm1,898mm
Gross Vehicle Weight3,010kg3,070kg2,900kg3,010kg
Maximum Payload1,121kg1,145kg957kg1,032kg

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Renault Trafic E-Tech 100% Electric Van Size Guide:

DimensionsSL30 E-Tech Advance ModelLL30 E-Tech Advance ModelLH30 E-Tech Advance Model
Load Volume5.8m³7.8m³8.9m³
Overall Length5,080mm5,480mm5,480mm
Overall Width (without/with door mirrors)1,956mm / 2,283mm1,956mm / 2,283mm1,956mm / 2,283mm
Overall Height1,971mm1,967mm2,298mm
Wheelbase Length3,098mm3,498mm3,498mm
Loading Length2,537mm2,937mm2,937mm
Loading Width1,662mm1,662mm1,662mm
Loading Area Height1,387mm1,387mm1,387mm
Gross Vehicle Weight3,070kg3,070kg3,070kg
Maximum Payload1,222kg1,185kg1,083kg

Comfort and Space: Discover the Renault Trafic’s Interior and Exterior Design

The 2024 Renault Trafic Van and Renault Trafic Van E-Tech electric models boast a modern and dynamic exterior design that reflects their purposeful nature. The front end features a bold and assertive look, with a large, prominent Renault logo set against a sleek, black and silver grille. 

The headlights are sharp and expressive, incorporating LED daytime running lights that provide a distinctive light signature. The front bumper is sculpted and aerodynamic, contributing to the van's efficient performance. Along the sides, clean lines and well-defined contours create a sense of fluidity and movement. On the panel van, the large sliding side doors are neatly integrated into the body, while the tall, square-shaped cargo area maximises load volume. Choose between 16-inch Siras wheel trims, 17-inch Avens alloy wheels, or the top-end 17-inch Avens diamond-cut alloy wheels.

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On the inside, the interior design prioritises functionality, practicality, and comfort. The cabin features a modern and intuitive layout, with high-quality materials and a focus on driver and passenger well-being - choose between Kompo or Java upholstery for a more bespoke feel to the seating. The dashboard is well-organised, with easy-to-read instruments and a centrally-mounted touchscreen display that provides easy access to infotainment, navigation, and vehicle settings. 

Ample storage spaces are provided throughout the cabin, including overhead shelves, door pockets, and a large glove box, helping to keep the interior tidy and organised. The Trafic Van E-Tech electric model features some specific interior elements, such as a unique gear selector and an energy flow display that provides information about the battery's charge status and energy consumption.

 new renault trafic interior cabin design - steering wheel and central console view

The Renault Trafic van can be customised with seven exterior colours in the range, including:

  • Cumulus Blue
  • Urban Grey
  • Glacier White
  • Jet Black
  • Highland Grey
  • Slate Grey
  • Carmin Red

Technology, Security, and Safety

The 2024 Renault Trafic Van and Renault Trafic Van E-Tech electric models are equipped with advanced technology, safety, and security features that provide peace of mind and are designed to enhance the overall driving experience. 

Both models feature a user-friendly infotainment system with a touchscreen display, offering seamless integration with smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and a powerful audio system are also standard, keeping drivers connected and entertained on the road. 

In terms of safety, the Trafic Van and Trafic Van E-Tech come with a comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems, including:

  • 360-Degree Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Warning 
  • Active Emergency Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Tyre Pressure Detection
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

 new renault trafic airbag and safety features

As well as front lateral, curtain, and front passenger airbags, the Renault Trafic also features robust construction with reinforced body panels and strategic crumple zones to protect occupants in the event of a collision. 

Security is also a top priority for all of Renault’s commercial vehicles, and the Trafic van and Trafic can E-Tech boast standard features such as remote central locking, deadlocks, and an immobiliser. Optional security upgrades include an alarm system and reinforced locks for added protection against theft. 

Helping You Work Better - Equipment and Accessories

Offering a wide range of equipment and accessories catering to the diverse needs of business owners, the new Renault Trafic van and E-Tech electric model is more than meeting the demands of traders. 

Standard onboard equipment includes air conditioning, electric front windows, a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port for charging devices. Higher trim levels add features such as automatic headlights and wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a larger touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation. 

To enhance practicality, both models can be equipped with a variety of cargo area accessories, and a range of roof rack systems and towing packages are available to accommodate additional storage needs and trailer towing capabilities too. Why not choose from the following options:

  • Chrome-Finish Wing Mirror Shells
  • Aluminium Roof Rack
  • Towbar Pack (with 13 pins and ball joint)
  • Textile Comfort Floor Mats
  • Rear Mudguards
  • Front Air Deflectors
  • Window Protection Grille
  • Sortimo Multi-Trade  Racking Solutions
  • Premium Wooden Trim
  • Cool Box
  • LED Light Bars
  • Kenwood Dashcam

 renault trafic's equipment and accessories

Renault Trafic Van Trims - The Choice is Yours

Renault offers the Trafic van in several trim levels to cater to different needs and budgets, they are:

  2. EXTRA

Advance Trim

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The Renault Trafic’s entry-level trim has ample amounts of equipment as standard. In addition to the panel van variant, the crew van adds a second row of bench seating which accommodates three passengers in the rear. Among many other features, you can expect:

  • EASY LINK display with 8-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB ports
  • Manual air conditioning with pollen filter
  • Passenger bench seat with underseat storage
  • 4.2-inch colour TFT driver information display 

Extra Trim

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The mid-level trim for the Renault Trafic range boasts everything the Advance trim offers and much more. When opting for the Extra Crew van version, you can expect individual seats in the front with adjustable headrests. Extra trim features include:

  • Premium dashboard with chrome styling
  • Interior LED cabin lighting
  • Handsfree key card with start/stop function
  • EASY LINK navigation with 8-inch touchscreen DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB ports   

Extra Sport Trim

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When opting for the top-tier Extra Sport trim, Renault Trafic owners can expect the full suite of features at their fingertips. It includes everything the Advance and Extra trims offer, plus:

  • Climate control
  • Rear parking camera
  • Adaptive cruise control 

all van trims of renault trafic

FAQs and Answers

Is the Renault Trafic a good buy?

The Renault Trafic van is generally considered a good buy for several reasons; it is very versatile, efficient, practical, comfortable, and reliable. On top of this, owners can benefit from strong residual values as Renault Trafic vans tend to hold their value well in the used market- an important consideration for any business looking to minimise depreciation costs.

What are the common problems with a Renault Trafic van?

While the Renault Trafic is generally considered a reliable van, like any vehicle, it may experience some issues. A few of the common problems reported by owners who use their vans for high mileage include diesel injector issues, timing belt problems, and the occasional electrical issue. It's important to note that the occurrence of these issues can vary depending on factors such as the age of the vehicle, its maintenance history, and uses.

How many miles can a Renault Trafic do?

The total mileage a Renault Trafic van can achieve depends on several factors, including maintenance, driving conditions, and the specific engine and model year. However, with proper care and maintenance, a Renault Trafic can typically last for a considerable number of miles. Many Renault Trafic owners have reported the van's longevity, with some achieving mileages well over 200,000 miles.

What is the Driving Range of a Renault Trafic E-Tech 100% Electric Van?

The Renault Trafic E-Tech 100% electric van is expected to offer a competitive driving range of up to 186 miles (WLTP) on a full charge - more than sufficient for most daily delivery routes and short to medium-distance trips. Equipped with a 52kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Trafic E-Tech has rapid charging capabilities up to 50kW which means it can be fully recharged from flat in just an hour. When on the go, drivers can charge the Trafic E-Tech at a public charging station boosting the range by 31 miles in just over 20 minutes. 

How much is the road tax for a Renault Trafic van?

The road tax, also known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), for a Renault Trafic van in the UK depends on several factors, including the vehicle's age, engine size, and CO2 emissions. Most models fall under the light goods vehicle road tax bracket, which means for the 2024 tax year, the road tax will cost £320 for 12 months as a singular cost. Prices will vary slightly if paying monthly by Direct Debit. To get the most accurate and up-to-date information on road tax for your specific van, it's best to consult the official UK Government website or contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

What insurance group is a Renault Trafic?

The insurance group for a Renault Trafic van varies depending on the specific model, engine, and trim level. In the UK, vehicles are assigned an insurance group from 1 to 50, with 1 being the lowest and 50 being the highest. Generally, vans and commercial vehicles tend to have higher insurance groups compared to passenger cars. Renault Trafic vans registered before January 2016 fall into insurance groups 1 to 12, whereas Trafic vans registered in February 2016 onwards will fall into insurance groups 25 to 47. 

What engine is in a Renault Trafic?

The most recent generation of the Renault Trafic van is equipped with a 2.0-litre dCi turbo diesel engine that is compliant with current Euro 6d emissions standards. The fifth generation of engines is designed to provide more power with lower fuel consumption and are paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), depending on the specific model and trim level.

What vans are the same as a Renault Trafic?

The Renault Trafic van shares its platform and many components with several other vans from different manufacturers as a result of joint ventures and partnerships. The vans that are similar to the Renault Trafic include the Vauxhall Vivaro, Nissan Primastar (previously the NV300), and Fiat Talento. It's important to note that while these vans are similar to the Renault Trafic, they may have some differences in terms of available configurations, options, and pricing. 

Which is better - Vivaro or Trafic?

When it comes to choosing between the Vauxhall Vivaro and the Renault Trafic, both vans offer similar capabilities and features, but the Renault Trafic manages to stand out in several key areas. While the Vivaro is a solid choice, the Trafic offers a more refined driving experience, with a comfortable and well-insulated cabin that reduces road and engine noise, making long journeys more pleasant for the driver and passengers. The Trafic's interior is also more spacious and versatile, with clever storage solutions and a modular design that allows for easy configuration to suit different business needs.

Discover the Renault Trafic Range at Loads of Vans

If you're in the market for a reliable and versatile commercial vehicle, look no further than Loads of Vans. As a major stockist of Renault Trafic vans, we offer an extensive selection of both new and used models to suit your business needs and budget. Click here to see our complete stock available today. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and competitive pricing, ensuring that you get the best value for your investment. 

In addition to our impressive vehicle lineup, we also offer bespoke leasing deals and other finance packages tailored to your specific requirements. With flexible options and attractive rates available, owning your dream Renault Trafic van has never been easier. 

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