This Renault Master 3900 145 Energy 17 Seat Minibus is a rare vehicle that offers a different take on the 17 seater class – Significantly lighter and smaller in size than the Ford Transit, it’s powered by a brilliantly refined and punchy 2.3l 145ps Euro VI-compliant engine that is happy to operate for extended periods in stop-start urban environments and crucially powers the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. As a result, the (single) rear wheels are pushed further into the corners for less overhang and minimal intrusion into the passenger compartment.
Rear seat passengers are well catered for with a comfortable saloon area that uses an attractive fabric and benefits from staggered seating to maximize legroom whilst a drop isle design and the inherently lower floor level provides ample headroom despite the compact size. overhead luggage racks fitted with reading lights are a welcome addition to provide passenger storage space.
Additionally the power-operated side step helps entrance and exit and the front bench giving ample storage underneath and a useful table when not in use. A towbar is fitted for luggage trailers or other equipment – though it’s a requirement to maintain emergency rear door access at all times.