2018 Renault Espace TCe 225 Are In a deflated variant, the 4-cylinder turbo of the new Alpine now animates the high-end version of the space. The opportunity to rediscover this great crossover.
The fifth generation of the Renault area crossed the course of the two years with the spirit of a young first. His silhouette, which cut the umbilical cord with the first four generations vaccinated in the minivan, admirably passes the test of time. Midway between the crossover and the minivan, this large vehicle of 4.85 m is at the top of the sales of its category. Although it has lost in the versatility of use and functionality in relation to the previous model, families and business leaders recognize themselves in this statutory vehicle. The fine work of a petrol engine with a decent power was still to be completed. Which makes the salt of a high-end model. It’s done. Admittedly, it is not a matter of competing with the German premium but space has swapped its 4-cylinder 1.6 Turbo 200 hp against a block 1.8-litre direct injection of petrol, derived from the organ Bank of the Alliance Renault-Nissan.
The evolution will undoubtedly smile the devotees of German models but this new engine carries the Renault Sports label. From the old block, to increase the cylinder capacity, the motorists lengthened the race thanks to the adoption of a new crankshaft and pistons and rods. This 1.8 liter, which will be found under the hood of the Alpine in version 252 horses and the next Megane RS with 280 hp, displays a power of 225 hp at 5 600 rpm, or 25 hp more than the old 1.6 L it replaces. This new block also benefits a dual-entry turbo (twin-scroll) of a fully revisited variable distribution in three positions, instead of two previously. The torque increases by 15% to reach 300 nm (+ 40 nm) over an extended range of diets, from 1 750 to 5 000 rpm. However, the DCI 160 CH retains the advantage with a torque of 380 Nm, available at 1 750 rpm. The transition to 1.8 liters gives a boost to performance. The 2018 Renault Espace TCe 225 wins a full second on the exercise from 0 to 100 km/h. For the 1 000 m DA, it’s even 1.4 second saved (28.1 seconds). More than accelerations, it is in the field of times that space will surprise with a higher punch, guarantee of safety during overtaking. On the sixth report, it requires only 5.7 seconds to move from 80 to 120 km/h, a gain of one second. Having Alpine blood in its veins is paid for by an increase in consumption: 6.8 L/100 km in the standardized cycle (+ 0.6 L/100 km). This results in an increase of 12 g/km of CO2 (152 g). Compared to the 1.6 liters, the Bonus becomes salty, increasing nevertheless from 1 140 euros (1 613 €).
At a time when diesel is no longer in the smell of holiness and provided that it is not a big roller, the investment is really worth the candle because space draws extra soul. The flexibility of this more coupled motor benefits the approval. The 2018 Renault Espace TCe 225 also benefits from a significant extension and makes a small sporting note heard. If you evolve in Sports mode, a noise amplifier diffuses a hoarse rumble in the cockpit, via the speakers. The rest of the space is not a family-run Alpine. The Double clutch box with 7 reports abhors being her. Even in sports, she quickly loses her foot. Finally, the comfort mode is the most suitable for space. The transmission runs smoothly. In the absence of paddles at the steering wheel, it will be avoided to switch the gear lever in manual. The lever suffers from excessive slowness. The grid is not a model of simplicity either. Finding the back step of the first shot is not given to everyone. Sometimes you have to grope.
After this inconvenience, one rediscovers a vehicle that overlooks the vagaries of the traffic with its elevated driving position and which offers perfect visibility with its large windshield. Despite the efforts made, above all in the initial version of Paris to align itself with the German standards, the finished fishing here or thereby badly deburred parts. These are details that testify to the progress that remains to be made. The arrival of ventilated front seats and the compatibility of the multimedia system with the AppleCarPlay and Android Auto systems are emphasized.
Back to the high architecture, space is sensitive to the roll. Across that the system of the 4 steering wheels coupled with the suspension driven juggle rather well. But on a damp coating, we sometimes reach the limits of what management can accept in terms of power and torque. If the space 2018 Renault Espace TCe 225 is rather well positioned in the face of competition with a tariff of 40,600 euros in entry-level Zens, it remains handicapped by a lower autonomy of diesel, consequence of excessive consumption in current use (of the order of 8.5 L/100 km) , and by the presence of a Bonus.