Renault Trucks Master Review & Buyers' Guide
Available as: Van, Crew Van, Chassis Cab, Chassis Crew Cab, Platform Cab,Dropside, Tipper, Box Van,Minibus, Refrigerated Engine options: 2.3TD 100/125/146hpVolume (m³): 8.0 – 17.0 Payload (kg):
994 – 2,254
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An impressive bit of kit that’s a welcome addition to the Renault Trucks range.
Renault’s new Master isn’t solely available through the manufacturer’s car and van network or through the Vauxhall network badged as a Movano. It’s sold by Renault’s 40 heavy truck dealers too.
So why might you want to buy one from a truck outlet? If you’re after a bespoke conversion then a truck dealership will be in an especially good position to advise you on what’s feasible because it deals with complex bodywork requirements on heavy truck chassis all the time.
Remember too that truck dealer workshops open early and close late, and sometimes keep working round the clock. As a consequence you can always get your van serviced outside normal working hours; and Renault Trucks boasts 63 service points.
It’s worth noting that Renault Trucks has launched a special programme under the Fast & Pro banner dedicated to meeting the needs of light commercial customers. Seven dealers had signed up to it at the time of writing.
And the new Master van itself? Grossing at from 2.8 to 4.5 tonnes, it is on offer with either front- or rear-wheel drive, panel van payload capacities extend from 994kg to 2,254kg and it can pull a trailer grossing at either 2.5 or 3.0 tonnes depending on the model selected. Cargo areas extend from 8.0m3 to 17.0m3.
Power is provided by a 2.3-litre diesel pumping out 100hp/285Nm, 125hp/310Nm or 146hp/350Nm. A six-speed gearbox is fitted with an automated gearbox an extra-cost option on the 125hp and 146hp models.
ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are both included in the price. Electronic Stability Programme is standard on rear-wheel drive models but it’s somewhat disappointing that Renault has not opted to fit it to everything.
Master rides and handles well and the two beefiest models in the line-up offer plenty of performance. The 100hp version is a tad stodgy but should be OK if all you do is deliver around traffic-clogged city centres.
Master is protected by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty and oil drain intervals are set at 25,000 miles.
Renault’s latest offering is additionally produced as a chassis cab, a chassis crew cab and a platform cab. Tippers, dropsides and box vans are all available from the factory.