Cross-town Trafic

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which works out to 66kW. The 1.6-litre four-cylin­der turbo also makes 260Nm.

The 140 uses a twin-turbo ver­sion of the same en­gine with out­puts of 103kW/340Nm.

Both en­gines are mated to a crisp-shift­ing, six-speed man­ual with a light clutch pedal. Power goes to the front wheels only. Claimed fuel con­sump­tion for each is an im­pres­sive 6.2L/100km.

Re­nault is con­fi­dent the en­gine can run long and hard and has dou­bled the Trafic’s ser­vice in­ter­vals to 12 months/30,000km.

This is up to three times the in­ter­val for some ri­vals and the first three ser­vices are capped at $349 each. Re­nault says a spe­cial oil sen­sor may sug­gest an early ser­vice if re­quired.

The Trafic war­ranty is three years or 200,000km and in­cludes road­side as­sis­tance.

As for the all-im­por­tant load space, an in­creased over­all length means there is 3.75 cu­bic me­tres for the short wheel­base model and 4.15 cu­bic me­tres for the long wheel­base ver­sion.

There is enough space to ac­com­mo­date Aus­tralian pal­lets, which are slightly big­ger than Euro pal­lets.

A fold­ing panel at the base of the bulk­head al­lows for thin items of 4.15m to be car­ried. The pay­load is 1235kg-1274kg.

Re­nault in­cludes elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol as stan­dard, along with rear park­ing sen­sors and driver and pas­sen­ger airbags. Side and cur­tain airbags are avail­able on the two higher out­put Trafic mod­els as part of two op­tion packs.

Stan­dard fea­tures on the base Trafic in­clude elec­tric win­dows, heated door mir­rors with elec­tric ad­just­ment, three seats, reach and rake ad­justable steer­ing wheel, airconditioning, Blue­tooth au­dio, phone con­nec­tiv­ity and re­mote cen­tral lock­ing.

The higher out­put mod­els add a fold­ing mid­dle seat with room for a re­mov­able clip­board and a flip-top con­tainer that safely holds a large lap­top as well as 54L of un­der-seat stor­age, re­vers­ing cam­era (the im­age is in the rear-view mir­ror), a steel bulk­head with a glass win­dow and a leather­wrapped steer­ing wheel.

The op­tional Pro Pack costs $1290 and adds airbags, wide view mir­ror, phone cra­dle and ply­wood cargo liner and floor.

The $1990 Pre­mium Pack in­cludes the same gear but swaps the ply­wood for a sev­eninch touch­screen with sat­nav and pre­mium au­dio.

Work­ing Wheels tested a long wheel­base Pro Pack model and came away im­pressed. The en­gine is re­ally strong and pulls easily in most gears and is rel­a­tively re­fined.

A high point is the cabin, which looks good and has lots of handy fea­tures in­clud­ing the smart stor­age op­tions and the phone and lap­top hold­ers to make life on the road a lit­tle eas­ier.

A NEW twin turbo en­gine is at the heart of the lat­est Re­nault Trafic, which also gets new safety gear and bet­ter equip­ment. The only down­side for the smartly de­signed model that chal­lenges the Toy­ota HiAce, Hyundai iLoad and Ford Tran­sit is the fact...

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