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RENAULT MASTER MWB DIESEL FWD

ML35 ENERGY dCi 145 Business Low Roof Dropside

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 95mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Multi-function trip computer with rev counter
  • PAS

Entertainment

  • Radio with DAB, Bluetooth, CD and USB

Exterior Features

  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • C shaped DRL's
  • Fold and removable aluminium side and rear panels
  • Foldaway step on rear side panel
  • Heated with electric adjustment external door mirrors
  • Hot galvanised steel front side panel and platform
  • Steel cab protecting grid with ladder/long object rack

Interior Features

  • Additional anchorage points in loading area
  • Anti-slip wooden floor
  • Centre console with twin cupholders
  • Closed glovebox
  • Full steel bulkhead with glazing
  • Height adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and armrest
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Kaleido cloth upholstery
  • Overhead parcel shelf
  • Passenger seat bench

Safety

  • 3 point height adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • Deadlocking
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking (foldable 2 button key)
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

  • 22 litres AdBlue tank
  • 4 disc brakes
  • ABS +EBD
  • Battery interface
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend
  • Trailor swing assist

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    327

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Bore
    85
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2298
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Stroke
    101.3

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    12.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    22.8

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.3
  • Badge Power
    145
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    24000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Steering
    PAS
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    145
  • Engine Power KW
    107
  • Engine Power RPM
    3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    251
  • Engine Torque MKG
    34.7
  • Engine Torque NM
    340
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    95

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    869
  • Height
    2350
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1225
  • Length
    5775
  • Load Deck Height
    400
  • Load Height
    Not Available
  • Load Length
    3170
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    Not Available
  • Load Width
    2040
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Rear Door Height
    Not Available
  • Rear Overhang
    1225
  • Side Load Door Height
    Not Available
  • Side Load Door Width
    Not Available
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    13.6
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    14.1
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Wheelbase
    3682
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    2100
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2470

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    80
  • Gross Train Weight
    6000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3500
  • Load Space Volume
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2101
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1399
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    2100
  • Plated Front Axle
    1850

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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