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Fleet Review: Renault Express delivers for small fleets

PROS

  • Fuel Economy
  • Excellent last-miler
  • Highly customisable

CONS

  • Limited load capacity
  • Stripped down interior

The concept of using a van has come of age in the Middle East driven by the popularity of last mile services and deliveries. Ten years ago, your choice was razor thin and mostly in the mid- and large- category. Think the Sprinter and the venerable Ford Transit Custom. That is still largely the case but you at least have choices from Peugeot and Fiat on the market, but until now small wheelbases have been mostly restricted.

Enter: the Renault Express Van, a commercial vehicle designed for various business purposes, particularly in the field of goods transportation and delivery. Like the Kangoo before it, the Renault Express Van is designed to be compact, which can be advantageous for navigating urban environments and tight spaces. It’s ideal for businesses that require frequent stops and deliveries in crowded areas.

One of the benefits of small vans is their fuel efficiency. Many commercial vans, including the Express Van, are engineered for fuel efficiency. This can lead to cost savings for businesses by reducing fuel expenses over the vehicle’s lifetime.

In most markets, the Express Van often offers various customisation options. Businesses can configure the van’s interior to suit their specific needs, such as shelving, cargo management systems, and more. Sharing DNA with the Kangoo and with its compact size, you can expect the Express Van to be generally easier to maneuver compared to larger vans.

This can be crucial when navigating narrow streets, tight parking spaces, and loading docks. It goes without saying that with the small size you get limited payload capacity. This could limit the amount of cargo you can carry, which might not be suitable for businesses with significant hauling requirement. This is a vehicle for florists rather than lumberjacks then.

In the interior, while customisation options are available, the overall interior space might still be limited compared to larger vans. This could impact the type and amount of cargo you can transport.

The Renault Express Van is powered by a fuel-efficient 1.6-litre engine, ensuring smooth and reliable performance on the road. With a generous cargo volume of up to 3.3 cubic metres, 191-metre loading length and a payload capacity of up to 750 kg, this vehicle is built to handle the demands of any business.

It boasts easy loading capabilities, thanks to its side sliding door with opening width of 716mm and rear doors that open at 180 degrees to facilitate access to the cargo area. Additionally, the vehicle offers easy driving with cruise control and speed limiter.

VERDICT
With the best storage volume in its class with nine storage compartments, the Renault Express Van sets a new benchmark for commercial vehicles, providing ample space for businesses to transport their goods efficiently.

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Stephen Whitehttps://truckandfleetme.com/
Stephen White was formerly editor of Big Project ME.
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