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Renault Espace (03-12) - rated 4 out of 5

The Renault Espace was on sale here in the UK from 1985 to 2012 and was believed to be the car that started the European people-carrier phenomenon. During its long lifespan, four different generations of the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) were launched and it was finally discontinued in 2012 by the French firm in a bid to cut costs.

Renowned for its spacious interior and practical features, the Espace was a popular family car choice for many car buyers and rivalled the likes of the Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Sharan and Chrysler Voyager.

The second generation was launched in 1991 and although the styling was very different to the original car, there were no changes made to the chassis, which was seen as a good thing as the Espace’s ride comfort was already excellent.