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Renault Avantime Coupe review

2002 - 2003 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

At a glance

Price new £23,895 - £28,295
Road tax cost £395
Insurance group 30 - 32
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 422 - 528 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Bold styling, genuinely different, rare sight


No diesel, not as practical as it looks

Written by Simon Harris Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The Avantime represents a time when Renault was into making bold styling statements. It’s a four-seat coupe based on the third-generation Renault Espace. Its tall design with imposing angles and intricate detailing found a few friends in the UK, but numbers never reached the 1500 a year originally predicted by Renault, and the model faced similar problems with demand elsewhere in Europe, with slow sales eventually sealing the fate of the Matra company that built it for Renault.

Only petrol models were brought to the UK, and equipment levels are good, but the Avantime is more about making an entrance than the journey itself.