Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lighter and More Roomy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lighter and More Roomy

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Byline: By Val Jessop

Her View -

It's the Espace's 'three-dimensional view' which makes it such a favourite with so many.

The original glass area of this revolutionary concept in travel introduced in the mid-80s was extensive enough.

Now, surely, Renault has reached the maximum glasshouse effect without turning its latest E-segment wonder into a total glass capsule on wheels. Or has it?

The Grand Espace IV further maximises the light in the substantial-sized cabin by offering the biggest glass sunroof currently on the market. It practically takes up the whole of the roof area, and with huge windscreens in the front and rear, as well as deep side views, Renault can boast 25 per cent more glazed surface in the new model. In total, it now extends to some 7.42 square metres, consolidating its title as the car with the biggest glass coverage in its sector.

The glass-everywhere philosophy ensures that the latest generation of the French MPV is still leader of this phenomenally successful class which continues to have tremendous appeal, both in terms of conquest sales and repeat custom. Market research reveals that about 66 per cent of customers for new versions of the Espace were or had previously owned one.

The massive glass area certainly enhances cabin environment, which in turn improves driving pleasure. It also reflects the growing acknowledgement by manufacturers that, today, lifestyle touches are just as important as performance, styling, price, comfort and safety.

The French, of course, know a thing or two about style, but chose not to be quite so avante-garde with the Espace as with other recent models. Perhaps, like VW and the Beetle, Renault decided not to redesign too radically a shape which has proved an outright winner for the past 19 years.

Aesthetically, the fourth generation Espace is streets ahead of the opposition. …

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