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A no-nonsense load-lugger.
If Renault’s Maxity looks vaguely familiar, then that’s because it’s a re-badged version of Nissan’s Cabstar. Sold through the Renault Truck network rather than through Renault car and van dealers, it’s marketed at both 3.4 and 3.5 tonnes.
Power is provided by either a 2.5-litre diesel at 110hp/250Nm and 130hp/270Nm or a 3-litre capable of 150hp/350NM. You get either a five- or a six-speed manual gearbox to play with.
Three different wheelbases are up for grabs with payloads going up to getting on for 1.6 tonnes.
Maxity is sold as a bare chassis or with a tipper or a dropside body and you can pick from two different cabs. There’s a two-door that’s tiltable, heavy truck style, for ease of engine access, and a four-door crew cab.
Both offer a lot more room than previous versions of this vehicle — which were sold solely under the Cabstar banner in the UK — and the driving position has improved noticeably.
If you’re trying to shuffle your way around a congested building site then you’ll welcome Maxity’s tight turning circle. Its handling is dependable too — the wet grip in particular is better than one might expect — and the more powerful version of the 2.5-litre packs ample punch.
Sadly Maxity is let down by its ride — something which also afflicts its competitors — and the gearchange can be awkward and unforgiving at times.
Why buy a Maxity from a Renault Truck dealer rather than a Cabstar from a Nissan dealer? You’ll do so if you need it serviced out of hours — truck dealer workshops open early and close late — or if you need some advice on specialist bodywork; something truck dealers can provide.
Remember though that Cabstar is sold through a number of Volvo heavy truck dealers who can provide the same sort of support as their Renault counterparts.
Maxity is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty and service intervals are set at 18,000 miles.