Testing the new Renault Trafic – not too bad! | Thomas Nagy

Testing the new Renault Trafic – not too bad! | Thomas Nagy

July 4, 2019 28 By Bernardo Ryan



ladies and gentlemen I present the Renault trafic formula Edition it is basically the same as the van that I've got they've just basically taken it an upgrade there and just changed a few bits here and there put some fancy styling on it and this is the end result why I picked it up at Renault earlier I've only driven it about five miles to get here and when I picked it up they weren't loaded a couple of bits that were different and I'll tell you through some of the main things that are different now the good thing about this is that because they've kept the Renault trafic all they've done is taken the old design and they've just modernized it when a manufacturer has to make a new van they haven't done that they've just literally taken the traffic and just made it better they've looked at the faults the old one had and they've just corrected them and there's evidence of that in here now storage space on the old traffic was a little bit of an issue and they have addressed that and they've done some really clever things here like this passenger seating area here so we just push this handle this folds down and you have a workspace I think things like this really show that manufacturers aren't they're making a huge effort to listen to what people wants they're you know they're trying the competition out there is so fierce and they're trying so hard to hear what it is that actually what people want out of their vans nowadays and this is a perfect example you fold this down this thing comes out and you've got a clipboard you can work you've got laptop space it's they've thought about it is just I do admire it I really do and there's more evidence of it too over here in the old man you had recessed buttons to turn the air-conditioning and the climate control you had the recessed dials the flush dials which worked very well during the day however once your vans done a hundred thousand miles and the bulbs are blown and because tradesmen won't ever change those bulbs because that's sort of people we are you have to rely on doing this they've taken away they've stopped that design and they fought the root the big nice chunky buttons out because they know that's what tradesmen want just nice big simple chunky buttons I really it's really quite impressive so things on this band that are different from Iowa what's this got well it's got quite a lot of stuff that my van hasn't got because this is about nine years on in technology so we have sat-nav telephone which is very handy because telephone for tradesmen is a big thing you want built-in telephone usage we have stop start we've got eco mode I don't know what that is I'm gonna have to test that later we've got Hill Start Assist don't know we've got cruise control there are a lot of buttons here all the blanks in fact there's only two blanks here which aren't being used all the others have all got buttons in so there's a lot of stuff I think there's a tachograph here as well by the looks of it so yeah there's a lot of stuff here which I've got to go through but so far it doesn't look pleasing it's a nice it's it does feel like a nice place to be how's it look it has got an armrest as well now one of the other things I did notice is that they blow it the door profile here and it just makes it it's only a tiny change it's such a small change but it makes such a difference because it makes it you're cocooned in this in this van it's a very strange feeling but it feels they I can't describe it they've made it just a very comfortable very nice place to be the general fit and feel of the cabin does feel well put together it doesn't seem like they've cut corners here as such it feels well put together and there are cubby holes literally everywhere in this van there's one there got drinks holders here the storage underneath this seat I think yep we have storage down there so the interior here seems what made it seems well put together and I like it it's a comfortable place to be but the best bit is in the back let me show you now this van comes with the left-hand side loading door as standard but for an out for 280-pound you can have two inside loading doors I like that but the best bits at the very back now this fan if you haven't noticed is a tiny bit longer it's still a short wheelbase model but it's 200 mil longer they've done that for good reason the cause now you can now load an 8 by 4 sheet of plaster board in the back face down and you can just slide it straight in I like that it shows they were listening because if you've ever been into a Wix or a B&Q car park and you've always seen with the old traffic's you had to load the plasterboard in on a on angle because if they weren't long enough so that was the only way you could do it you just had to sort of balance it diagonally in it just goes to show you that they're listening so hard to what trays and I want because it's just it you know the competition is so fierce out there in the medium-sized band market that that you know it forces them to take know and to listen I like that now they've kept the wide angle doors for easy loading but they've gone one step further because if you close this door they've now got this little yellow lever inside and you just do that and that way that door is then shut and you can load if you've got extra bulky material that way you can still have your number plate your lights you still fully road-legal but you can keep this door open if you're transporting really big bulky material I like that as well now on the back of my van for anybody here on the traffic you'll know this there is in every single traffic in the world there is a dent right there mine's got it and every single run of traffic I've seen is got it because when you close this door that lock if you close them the wrong way because you're loading you're in a hurry it's raining or whatever that lock always hit the door and it always made a dent that I've not seen the traffic which hasn't got that but being the new model they thought about that and we've now got a rubber stopper up here so if you do close the doors the wrong way by accident won't hurt the van so on the front of the van we've got the nice yellow paint job and we've got the black blacked out Renault badge down the sides we've got the yellow formula Edition stripes 17-inch alloy rims overall this van stands out so if you're after something subtle I probably say this isn't the vehicle for you now this Renault trafic comes in a range of power outputs ranging from 90 horsepower up to 145 they all share the same 1.6 diesel engine though it's just the power output the changes now this one test-driving is 145 horsepower twin turbo model and it's incredibly good it's very fast very smooth incredibly refined you will sacrifice a little bit of fuel economy on the largest engine but for the convenience that it gives you on the motorway and especially with the torque it gives you in urban areas personally I'd say it's more than worth it and the power delivery on it is exceptional it really is quick in terms of drivability it is very good they've made the van I think it's something like 55 60 ml wider than the last traffic now that doesn't sound like a lot but when you're going through a 6 foot 6 width restriction it does make a difference there have been occasions where I've been driving and in comparison to my last van there are times where I've passed somebody thinking that was a little bit tighter it's only 60 ml but it does make a difference but it's still very drivable I'm driving now in a built-up area it's very comfortable very easy to drive this is really no drama and the torque that you get from the engine and second gear is phenomenal is such a good sharp response it's very very quick on the throttle as soon as you put your foot down the power delivery is right there I feel that this next scene requires no narration I feel that a visual cue is enough for you to grasp the issue it can stay shut I wasn't making that up either it's absolutely true now Renault being the modern global honest company that they are take public safety very seriously and they've done this by introducing a new safety feature in the cabin in the old Renault trafic if you end pull away and you didn't have your seatbelt fastened a little red light would glow on the dash just to gently remind you that you're breaking the law in the new Renault trafic they've gone one step further and they've left the warning light in place but they've also introduced an audible tone which you can't turn off so if you pull away in this van now an audible tone will sound if the Rhinos computer system feels that you're not responding to its prompts it will increase the noise and the frequency I love that so that's the first warning and there is no way you can switch this off so if you're an Amazon delivery driver this is not going to be the van for you now we could sit here all day by me saying why'd I quite like that but I don't like that and this should be changed but there's no point because I like the new Renault trafic I like the way that they've made it so that when you get in it no longer reminds you every day that you're just a bottom of the ladder tradesman just trying to earn a living I like the way that it now feels not like a van it feels like a car now so what my closing thoughts I like it it's a good bit of kit it is incredible how far in the space of ten years technology has come when you compare the old traffic to this one here I like the fact they didn't make a brand new van they kept the old van and they just made it better will I buy it you just have to wait and see