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Renault Trafic Space Nomad: French California – Companies

Like the VW California, Renault is riding the van life wave, with this Space Nomad, a Trafic van converted into a motorhome (by the French caravan operator Pilote) and sold through the manufacturer’s network with the diamond.

Available in two lengths, this van is powered by 130, 150 or 170 hp diesels. Once you have assimilated the size of a van, this fitted van drives pleasantly. The height offers a panoramic view of the road and its surroundings but generates some side wind resistance, as well as some aerodynamic noise. The Space Nomad is, however, faster, more fuel-efficient and quieter than a real motorhome, with an even taller body and therefore more wind resistance. The contained height (two meters) also gives it access to underground car parks and rest areas located on the seaside. The two front seats swivel towards the rear space to create a living room with a central table. You have the choice between a fixed two-seater rear seat or a sliding three-seater. The bench seat converts into a double bed and, by raising the roof, you have access to another double bed.

There are also two gas hobs, a fridge and plenty of storage space, but no shower room or toilet (there aren’t any in the California either). The machine is therefore to be reserved for nomadic campers. Those who prefer the road to sedentary stays and for whom the morning wash is only a formality. The concept divides: some see it as the ideal compromise between everyday vehicle and means of escape, while others will reproach it for doing everything halfway (not as dynamic as a classic car nor as spacious as a real motor- home). It’s up to you to judge, but it is in any case a beautiful instrument of freedom. And, compared to the VW California, this Renault Space Nomad costs 12,500 euros less with a similar engine and equipment…

Renault Trafic Space Nomad

dCi 150

Inline four-cylinder, diesel, turbo, 1,997 cc / 150 hp (110 kW) / 350 Nm; traction, manual or automated six-box; length: 5.08 or 5.48 m; weight: from 2.385 to 2.505 kg

Performance

Max speed: 178 km/h; 0-100 km/h: 11.8 seconds (10.9 in automatic); consumption of the test: 7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 215 g/km

Price

From 57,990 euros, tax deductibility: 40% or 100% if utility use

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Well-thought-out concept, everyday usable holiday vehicle, access to all car parks, pleasant seat height

Less dynamic than a car and less spacious than a real motorhome, no bathroom or toilet

Available in two lengths, this van is powered by 130, 150 or 170 hp diesels. Once you have assimilated the size of a van, this fitted van drives pleasantly. The height offers a panoramic view of the road and its surroundings but generates some side wind resistance, as well as some aerodynamic noise. The Space Nomad is, however, faster, more fuel-efficient and quieter than a real motorhome, with an even taller body and therefore more wind resistance. The contained height (two meters) also gives it access to underground car parks and rest areas located on the seaside. The two front seats swivel towards the rear space to create a living room with a central table. You have the choice between a fixed two-seater rear seat or a sliding three-seater. The bench seat converts into a double bed and, by raising the roof, you have access to another double bed. There are also two gas hobs, a fridge and plenty of storage space, but no shower room or toilet (there aren’t any in the California either). The machine is therefore to be reserved for nomadic campers. Those who prefer the road to sedentary stays and for whom the morning wash is only a formality. The concept divides: some see it as the ideal compromise between everyday vehicle and means of escape, while others will reproach it for doing everything halfway (not as dynamic as a classic car nor as spacious as a real motor- home). It’s up to you to judge, but it is in any case a beautiful instrument of freedom. And, compared to the VW California, this Renault Space Nomad costs 12,500 euros less with a similar engine and equipment…

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