Two iconic vans, but which one is best suited to your needs?
Two iconic vans, but which one is best suited to your needs?
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Van-off: Renault Master vs Renault Trafic

The Renault Master and Renault Trafic: two iconic vans designed to accommodate the multifaceted needs of craftsmen and women, entrepreneurs and their business. But which one would be the best fit for you? Let’s find out with our van-off.

Introducing the Renault Trafic & Renault Master

Let's start with the basics
Let's start with the basics

The Renault Trafic has been specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals, whatever their business environment. Powerful, clever and dynamic, this medium van makes clever use of its space to handle larger loads than you'd initially imagine – not to mention being at ease on the highway and in the city alike.

The Renault Master is the heavyweight of the Renault van line and one of the best-known large vans on the road. Practical, tough and versatile, it is especially suited to longer distances and big, unwieldy loads that only a large van can handle.

Comparing dimensions

Vans from mid-sized to large, catering to all businesses
Vans from mid-sized to large, catering to all businesses

The Renault Trafic comes with short and long wheelbase options, as well as a low and high roof option. Its overall length ranges from 4.999 m to 5.399 m, with an unladen overall height between 1.971 and 2.465 m, and an overall width of 2.238 m (with side mirrors).

Its bigger brother the Renault Master is even more versatile, coming in four lengths and three heights. It ranges from 5.048 to 6.848 min overall length, with an unladen overall height of between 2.290 and 2.808 m, for an overall width of 2.470 m (with side mirrors).

Load capacities to accommodate all business needs

It doesn't get much more efficient than that
It doesn't get much more efficient than that

The Renault Trafic Panel Van has been maximised to provide a loading volume that’s as capacious as ever: 5.2 m3 on the SWB, 6 m3 on the LWB, and up to 8.6 m3 on high roof variants. This means that with the Trafic you can carry 3 Euro pallets in the SWB version as standard. Its load through bulkhead continues all the way under the passenger bench, allowing you to carry items up to 4.15 min length in the LWB version. It can carry payloads up to 1,280 kg.

The Renault Master Panel Van is efficient with space, offering load volumes between 8 m3 and 17 m3 depending on the wheelbase and roof clearance options you choose. Its payloads go up to 1,610 kg in 3.5T versions, and 2,1658 kg in 4.5T versions. Its maximum width between wheel arches of 1.380 m (in single wheel), with a 1.27 m side loading opening and large autoclave doors that open 270° degrees (optional), combine to enable the Master to transport 4 Euro pallets in front-wheel drive versions, and up to 5 Euro pallets in single rear-wheel drive.

But what about carrying passengers too?

Want to take everybody along for the ride? The Master 17-Seat Minibus has you covered
Want to take everybody along for the ride? The Master 17-Seat Minibus has you covered

Sometimes you need to get your crew as well as your tools on site; or perhaps your business is directly tied to passenger transport. For both cases, the Renault Trafic and Renault Master both come in Crew Van and Passenger variants.

The Renault Trafic is available as a 6-person Crew Van, offering load volumes from 3.2 to 4.0 m3, or as a 9-person passenger vehicle for efficient multi-person trips. This is ideal if you need to transport your personnel as well as tools and materials, or if you intend to use the van for private transport. The Trafic Passenger also boasts a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle version, based on the Trafic 9 seat Minibus.

The Renault Master also comes in a 6 and 9 Seat Combi version for multi-person transport with higher load volumes and payloads than Crew Vans or smaller passenger vehicles can provide. It is ideal for shuttle bus operators, fleet operators and private customers alike. At the top of the scale, the Master 17 Seat Minibus is widely recognised as one of the most stylish and well-finished minibuses in the UK market.

Conversions: the many faces of the Renault Trafic and Renault Master

Each business is unique and, ideally, requires a tailor-made vehicle. A wide range of Trafic and Master conversions have been designed with this versatility in mind.

The Renault Trafic can be customised for a range of professional requirements across different business environments. It's available in high and low roof variants, as well as short or long wheelbases and glazed or panelled sides. Further options include using the Platform Cab version as a base.

Conversions are another area where the Renault Master truly shines. A wide range of factory conversions are able to fit your needs, including Dropside and Box Vans; Platform Cab, Chassis Cab and Crew Cab versions can also be converted into a vast array of other products, including Tipper Vans and Luton LoLoaders. Beyond these, the possibilities are almost endless, from wheelchair access minibuses and refrigerated vans, to ambulances – just ask our network of accredited converters for tailor-made solutions to suit your needs!