Renault Master review (2003-2010)

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


  • A good, practical van
  • Excellent dealer back-up


  • Not the cheapest option
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The Master is the largest offering in the Renault van line-up. This version was a popular and versatile van, offered in a wide range of configurations to suit most needs.

It's solidly built and dependable, and the dedicated Renault commercial vehicle network provides a responsive and supportive back-up to keep you on the road.

Renault Master review on Parkers Vans - front exterior

This is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive option, but strikes a good compromise between performance and affordability.

It was replaced by a newer model in 2010.

Renault Master (03-10) driving experience

4 out of 5 4.0

On the road the Master is a willing driver with assured handling and an optional air suspension system helps maintain stability under all loading conditions. All models came with diesel engines.

The short-wheelbase versions were offered with a 1.9-litre unit with 80hp. Most models, though, are fitted with either 2.5 or 3.0-litre capacity units in a range of outputs. There are 100 and 120hp versions of the 2.5 and the 3.0-litre unit has 140hp.

Renault Master review on Parkers Vans - exterior front and back

All models are fitted with a five-speed gearbox and the two most powerful units can be specified with a six-speed manual too. The 2.5-litre engine was also offered with a six-speed sequential automatic gearbox.

Finally, the Master range is mostly front-wheel driven, but there were rear-wheel drive versions for those carrying particularly heavy loads.

Renault Master (03-10) cabin & interior

4 out of 5 4.0

The two or three abreast cab offers a comfortable driving environment with generous levels of equipment.

The gearlever sprouts from the dash, close to the steering wheel and there's an adjustable arm-rest for the driver. The steering wheel doesn't adjust but there's a good range of seat movement.

All models get electric windows, CD player and an on-board computer. Useful options are available including reverse parking sensors, satellite-navigation, cruise control and mobile phone preparation.

An optional multi-function seat provides a useful storage area below the cushions.

Renault Master (03-10) running costs & value

4 out of 5 4.0

Service intervals are set at every two years or 24,000 miles (18,000 miles for the 1.9-litre dCi unit) and the engines offer good fuel economy.

Residual values are comparable with those of Fiat, Peugeot, Citroen or Vauxhall, but lower than for Ford or VW commercial vehicles.

Renault Master (03-10) reliability, common problems & faults

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Renault undertook a drive to improve the reliability of its vehicles around this period, and appears to have had some success.

Renault Master (03-10) safety & security

3 out of 5 3.0

All models are fitted with ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist to ensure optimum stopping power, plus a driver's seatbelt warning and driver's airbag.

A passenger airbag was optional.

An alarm and immobiliser were standard fit across the range.

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