MPG Marathon victory for Renault Trafic

Renault’s new Trafic van has snatched victory as the best-performing Light Commercial Vehicle at this year’s MPG Marathon.

Having taken two titles at the event, one for best MPG and another for best percentage improvement, the Trafic dominated its class at the eco-driving challenge.

This year’s MPG Marathon took place earlier in the month, and consisted of a gruelling two-day challenge designed to put manufacturers’ fuel economy claims to the test.

Behind the wheel of the new Renault Trafic was Van Fleet World editor Dan Gilkes and his co-driver Ray Penford.

The two embarked on the 311-mile route through the Cotswolds and the south of Wales, achieving an overall economy figure of 55.55mpg, a full 16 per cent above the Trafic’s stated combined cycle figure.

Dan said: “With a combined fuel figure of 47.9mpg, the Trafic is already one of the most economical vans in its class, making it tough to improve upon.

“The Trafic never missed a beat and was a pleasure to drive, with a quiet comfortable cab and effortless controls. Having covered 311 miles over the two days, the van was still showing more than 900 miles of available range when we finished. Now that’s a marathon!”

Three bodystyles

Having gone on sale in the UK last month, the new Trafic van is available in a choice of three bodystyles, plus a range of additional options and four highly efficient turbodiesel engines.

Mike Willis, product manager for the new van said: “The turbodiesel engine range available in all-new Trafic is designed to provide the performance that van drivers want as well as the economy, and associated low fuel bills, that they need.

“We’re delighted that all-new Trafic has come out on top as the most frugal LCV in the 2014 MPG Marathon and beaten its official economy figures.”

It’s no stranger to stardom, either, having appeared in a high-octane spoof of the popular 80s TV series Knight Rider early in September.

First unveiled in March, the new Trafic features new slim headlights, a sloping windscreen and a more aggressive front air intake.

Core kit

The extensive list of core kit available on the model includes a fully-adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking and heated door mirrors, plus a full steel bulkhead and electric windows.

Prices begin from £18,245 for the basic Panel Van. The Crew Van model starts from £20,395, while the Platform Cab Trafic has a starting price of £20,195.