Renault Master as of 2010
The multi-variant one
The Renault Master is already in its third generation in the van class from 2.8 to 4.5 tons in permitted total weight. The model range launched in 2010 has profiled itself as a problem solver for a wide variety of transportation tasks. Additionally, the Renault demonstrates its high level of reliability in the DEKRA Used Car Report 2017 with its second victory in a row among the vans.
Whether as a box van, a platform, with a box body or as a minibus with up to 17 seats - the huge range of variants of the Master offers the chance to tailor the vehicle individually to the relevant area of use. In total, nearly 180 different bodies and engines are available.
Three wheelbases from 3.18 to 4.33 meters and four lengths from 5.05 to 6.85 meters are available to choose from. The loading area height varies between 1.7 and 2.14 meters. In the box van, this means a transportation volume of 8 and 17 cubic meters; with a box body, even up to 22 cubic meters is possible. The load capacity is over 2 tons; the trailer weight reaches three tons.
The load area can be loaded through widely opening rear doors, a sliding door at the side on the right (left side: optional) and over a low sill. The door openings are wide enough to take in euro pallets as well. Depending on the length, the box van has between 8 and 12 lashing points.
With regard to the engine, Renault uses a 2.3 dCi Common Rail turbo diesel engine, which is available in three performance levels. The basic engine dCi 100 performs 100 hp/74 kW and develops its maximum torque of 285 Nm with only 1,250 revolutions. In the box van, the consumption-optimized Ecoline version gets by with 7.5 liters according to the norm.
The likewise efficient dCI 125 with 125 hp/92 kW mobilizes a maximum torque of 310 Nm. In the high-torque top engine, the dCi 150 (150 hp/110 kW), it is 350 Nm with 1,500 revolutions. There is an automatic Quickshift six-gear transmission for the two stronger engines, which facilitates the work of drivers in distribution transport in particular.
In addition to low fuel consumption, long maintenance intervals for oil and cooling liquid as well as the maintenance-free camshaft drive chain contribute to moderate operating costs.
A driver airbag, a braking assistant, and an antilock system with electronic brake-power distribution as well as a partition wall to the load area are contained as standard in the safety package. The load-dependent ESP with antislip control (series for rear-wheel drive), active cornering lights, passenger and side airbags, a reversing camera, and a swing suspension seat are on the options list.
The Renault Master is the winner of the transporter class 2017. Congratulations to Renault! When inspecting a used Master, do watch out for cracked dust covers, stiff and leaky brake calipers and minor defects of the lighting system.