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Renault MASTER SWB DIESEL FWD SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van

Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
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Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van
Renault MASTER SL35 ENERGY dCi 110 Business Low Roof Van

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG37.70
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed87 mph
  • C02194 g/km
  • BHP
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D%

Review

The Renault Master has been a mainstay of the large van sector for some time now, along with its siblings, the Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano. With a vast choice of body styles, engines and options, the Master features economical and refined powerplants, load volumes from 8 to 22 cubic metres and fresh face.

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Renault's Master has been given the once over as part of a rejuvenated LCV range. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Renault's Master van is one of those commercial vehicles that seems to do just enough to warrant its own existence in the UK, rarely being the first vehicle buyers consider in a large van segment dominated by models like the Mercedes Sprinter, the Volkswagen Crafter or the Ford Transit. In Europe it's a different matter, the Master racking up some impressive sales. Spawned from the same basis as the Vauxhall Movano and Nissan NV400, the Master has been around in one guise or another since 1980, with that first generation model lasting for 17 years. Its 1997 replacement stuck around for a mere 13 years and the third generation Master appeared in 2010 and has now been revised to keep things current. Is it time we gave the Master the respect it would appear to deserve?

Driving Experience

The biggest changes to this Master come under the bonnet, where Renault now offers a choice of four dCi diesel engines. They're all based on the same 2.3-litre block, but the 110 and 125PS entry level engines are bolstered by one turbocharger, while the heavier duty 135 and 165PS units get a pair of turbos bolted on. Even the 110PS unit generates a respectable slug of torque, with 285Nm available at just 1,250rpm. The twin-turbo 165PS powerplant is good for 360Nm at 1,500rpm. A dual mass flywheel and a crankshaft with eight counterweights also help to reduce engine noise and cut the amount of vibration coming into the cabin. The Master is available in both front and rear-wheel drive layouts and Renault has even built a special heavy hauler model optimised for motorway usage. The rear-wheel drive L4 version with single rear wheels has been added to the Master catalogue, in addition to the existing twin rear-wheel version. This variant means that 30 extra centimetres are now available between the interior rear wheel wells, which means a europallet can be loaded widthways. Five such pallets can be accommodated, and that is sure to interest long distance operators and express courier businesses at which this version is aimed. This version of the Master is only available with twin turbo engines. Fuel consumption is down by around half a litre per 100km compared with the equivalent twin-wheeled version, thanks notably to a longer final drive ratio (which means lower revs for the same travelling speed), plus the vehicle's lighter weight, reduced rolling resistance and the better aerodynamics of the single rear wheels.

Design and Build

The cabin of the Master has been designed to be as car-like in its seating position as possible while incorporating a number of 'office on wheels' features. Renault has given a lot of thought to the depth of the footwells relative to the hip point of the seating and the degree of seat rake available to offer a supremely comfortable driving angle that's a long way from the sit-up-and-beg stance you had to adopt in older vans. A suspension seat is available as an option, as indeed is seat heating. The design of the windscreen and side windows, plus the high-up seating position ensure commanding vertical and horizontal fields of vision of 39.9 and 193.1 degrees respectively.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £19,000 excluding VAT, which is in line with its sibling vehicles from Nissan and Vauxhall. Of course, there's an absolutely dizzying array of Master variants with more than 120 different models already on Renault's books, with carrying capacities extending from 8 to 22 cubic metres. As well as the panel vans we examine here, there are people carriers, buses, chassis cabs and twin-cab chassis, platform cabs, crew vans and tippers. The Master is offered in four lengths, three wheelbases and with two different rear overhangs. Front and rear-wheel drive is available, with the rear-wheel drive chassis sold with single or twin rear wheels. Then there are four gross vehicle weights: 2.8 tonnes, 3.3 tonnes, 3.5 tonnes (with single or twin rear wheels) and 4.5 tonnes (with twin rear wheels). Standard equipment provision looks good with a DAB stereo, Bluetooth hands free telephony, a CD player plus USB and iPod connectivity. There's also an optional system incorporating the Carminat TomTom navigation system with an overhead screen. There are also a number of driver aids that improve safety, such as the Grip Xtend function that optimises grip on soft surfaces, hill start assist, stability control with load adaptive control and simpler things such as a wide view mirror built into the passenger sun visor that eliminates the traditional blind spot.

Practicalities and Costs

Reducing fuel consumption has been a key driver in the development of this revised Master and the diesel engines all see improvements in this regard. For instance, the dCi 165 unit consumes up to 7.3 mpg less than its predecessor powered by the previous-generation dCi 150. This equates to a typical saving of £1,500 over three years. With fuel consumption as low as 40.9 mpg for the 110PS van, the Master is one of the most economical large LCVs around. It's as practical as you'd expect from a vehicle this big too. Access to the Master's load area is via the side-hinged rear doors or a sliding side door on the left side of the vehicle. An additional sliding side door on the opposite flank can be specified. The loading height is usefully low at 546mm and even the rear wheel-drive models only increase that to around 700mm. The standard warranty is 3 years and 100,000 miles or 2 years with unlimited mileage.

Summary

The Renault Master is one of those vans that has improved at such a steady rate that it's quietly turned from an also-ran into a real contender. No, the interior doesn't feel quite as plush as a Crafter or a Sprinter, but you won't worry too much about that when you drive the Master and realise that it's more comfortable than both of them, so you'll emerge fresher after a long day at the wheel. There's also a vast amount of different configuration options to choose from and the special L4 body optimised for motorway use is bound to attract the attention of those operators who need goods hauled long distances quickly and efficiently. The one thing that comes shining through like a beacon when giving this vehicle the once-over is that Renault has clearly engaged deeply with not just the people who buy vans, but the people who use them on a day to day basis. That can only spell good things.

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Entertainment
DAB radio/CD player
Aux input socket
USB connection
Exterior Features
180 degree opening rear doors - unglazed
5W Door mirror mounted side repeater lamps
Sliding side door - left
Solid paint
Electric windows with electric/heated door mirrors
Interior Features
Dual passenger seat
Height adjustable drivers seat
8 floor mounted load anchorage points
Centre console with twin cupholders
Driver seat lumbar support
Driver's armrest
Drivers seat with lumbar adjust
Full steel bulkhead
Glovebox with lid
Height adjustable steering wheel
Kaleido cloth upholstery
Overhead storage shelf
Passenger seat bench
Wheels
16" steel wheels
Spare wheel
Driver Convenience
Blue and me
Bluetooth connectivity
Multi-function trip computer
Safety
3 point height adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners
Drivers airbag
Security
Alarm
Deadlocks
Electronic immobiliser
Remote central locking
Technical
12V accessory socket
ABS +EBD
ESC - load adaptive with understeer control
ESP + Hill start assist
Emissions - ICE
CO2 194
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Automatic Transmission No
Bore 85
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2298
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Codes M9T 870
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Fuel Type DIESEL
Gears 6 SPEED
Manual Transmission Yes
Number of Valves 16
Stroke 101.3
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Yes
EC Combined 37.7
EC Extra Urban 39.8
EC Urban 34.9
General
Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern? No
Badge Engine CC 2.3
Badge Power 110
Ghost model for valuation purposes No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 25000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class N1
Performance
BHP 110
Engine Power KW 81
Engine Power RPM 3500
Engine Torque LBS.FT 210
Engine Torque MKG 29.1
Engine Torque NM 285
Engine Torque RPM 1500
Top Speed 87
Tyres
Alloys? No
Automatic Clutch No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 225/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Type 16" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Front Overhang 842
Height 2303
Length 5048
Load Deck Height 564
Load Height 1700
Load Length 2583
Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches 1380
Load Width 1765
Lower Rear Door Width 1580
Rear Door Height 1627
Rear Overhang 1024
Side Load Door Height 1581
Side Load Door Width 1050
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12
Turning Circle - Wall to Wall 12.5
Wheelbase 3182
Width (excluding mirrors) 2070
Width (including mirrors) 2470
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
Gross Train Weight 6000
Gross Vehicle Weight 3500
Load Space Volume 8
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1893
No. of Seats 3
Payload 1607
Plated 2nd Axle 2100
Plated Front Axle 1850

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
3 button selective opening key £60.00
Carminat Tom Tom Europe map £108.00
Cruise control with speed limiter £300.00
Digital tachograph and CAN interface unit £780.00
Live traffic information FOC
MediaNav 7" touch screen multimedia,Navteq navigation system with 2x20W DAB/FM/AM tuner with bluetooth hands free calls, USB + aux socket £432.00
R link multimedia system with sat nav, 2 x 20W DAB radio/CD/MP3 and separate display £810.00
Rear parking distance sensor £240.00
Rear parking distance sensor with rear view camera £600.00
Rear view camera £420.00
Tyre pressure monitor £120.00
Exterior Features
16W Door mirror mounted side repeater lamps £12.00
180 Degree opening glazed rear doors £132.00
Automatic head lights + windscreen wipers + front fog lights £300.00
Automatic head lights + windscreen wipers + style pack £720.00
Cornering Lights £156.00
Driver side electric window with one touch £60.00
Front fog lights £180.00
Heated rear window £120.00
Metallic paint £540.00
Mud flaps front and rear £60.00
Rear step £420.00
Side loading door (right ) - Unglazed £360.00
Side loading door-left and right glazed £540.00
Sliding side loading doors (left and right) glazed with opening windows £720.00
Tow bar £330.00
Wide angle mirror £60.00
Interior Features
Air conditioning and pollen filter £960.00
Centre front pivoting seatback table £60.00
Climate control with pollen filter, automatic headlights and wipers and front fog lights £1,500.00
Climate control with pollen filter, automatic headlights and wipers and Style Pack £1,920.00
Clipboard holder £84.00
Dashboard storage compartment lid £24.00
Dual split underseat storage compartment with pivoting seatback table £96.00
Fully adjustable suspension type drivers seat £300.00
Glazed full bulkhead £120.00
Height adjustable single passenger seat £72.00
Ply lining full height side panels with resin coated £1,080.00
Ply lining half height side panels £120.00
Plywood floor resin coated £360.00
Pollen filter £60.00
Side anchorage points £90.00
Single passenger seat with height and lumbar adjustment £132.00
Packs
Driving pack £1,080.00
Executive pack - Master £1,080.00
Glazing pack - Master £552.00
Safety pack with lane departure warning - Master £600.00
Smokers pack £14.40
Style Pack - Master £600.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Pearl black £540.00
Metallic - Star grey £540.00
Metallic - Tempest £540.00
Solid - Atlantic blue FOC
Solid - Caribbean blue FOC
Solid - Carmen red FOC
Solid - Glacier white FOC
Solid - Lemon yellow FOC
Solid - Orange FOC
Solid - Persian blue FOC
Safety
Front lateral airbags and passenger airbag £924.00
Front passenger airbag £264.00
Security
Additional 3rd key £60.00
Hands free key - 2 button £300.00
Technical
105 litre fuel tank £120.00
12v socket in loadspace £30.00
Air suspension £2,400.00
Battery interface £12.00
CAN interface unit £90.00
Engine speed limiter 56mph/90kmh £72.00
Engine speed limiter 62mph/100kmh £72.00
Engine speed limiter 68mph/110kmh £72.00
Increase idle speed £60.00
Power take off - engine £168.00
Speed limiter 81mph £72.00
Trim
Kaleido cloth - Dark grey FOC
Wheels
16" alloy wheels £510.00
All weather tyres £258.00
Large wheel stylers £60.00
* option prices shown are estimated