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Volkswagen Multivan vs Renault Master

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Volkswagen Multivan
Volkswagen Multivan

$58,990 - $69,880

2021 price

Renault Master
Renault Master

$34,984 - $34,984

2020 price


2021 Volkswagen Multivan
2020 Renault Master
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Diesel Turbo 4, 2.0L

Diesel Turbo 4, 2.3L
Fuel Type

Fuel Efficiency
6.6L/100km (combined)

8.3L/100km (combined)

  • Diesel only
  • It's quite large
  • Needs more advanced safety gear for the price

  • Manual shift not the most positive
  • Well behind rivals on safety
  • No proper automatic option
2021 Volkswagen Multivan Summary

One must maintain several affections in one's life, I think that's fair. I don't mean that in the life-partner sense, that would get me blamed for marriage breakdowns. But then, as a motoring journalist, you do sometimes wonder if your recommendations send a few relationships over the edge.

What I mean is, having a few interests keeps life interesting. In this context, I'm thinking of two things that move me. Special Editions (of pretty much anything, except superhero movies) and VW vans. I can't stress enough how much I - and, as it turns out, just about every other road user - love a Volkswagen van.

Put these two excellent things together and you have the Volkswagen Multivan Cruise, a special edition that somehow commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Kombi. I don't care how, I'm just intrigued by its existence and, by the grace of The Great Editor, I spent a week behind the wheel and a good chunk of that time exploring the interior of the Multivan Cruise.

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2020 Renault Master Summary

The Renault Master range has been refreshed, and this was our first chance to see what changes have been made. 

You should be able to tell just by the look of the 2020 Master that there’s a new design with a more modern looking front-end. And the inside has been thoroughly modernised, too.

But with contemporary rivals such as the VW Crafter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - both of which launched in all-new generation guises in 2018 - the question is whether the ageing, yet facelifted Master is worthy of consideration. 

We spent a week with it - and covered plenty of kays in it - to find out.

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