Renault’s Espace, which also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has won the MPV category in the Auto Express New Car Honours 2004 while the Scenic has won the Compact MPV award.

The Espace achieved high praise from the editor of Auto Express, David Johns: “No-one knows more about building MPV’s than Renault. After all, the French maker has been producing the Espace for 20 years now. So it shouldn’t come as a shock to discover that this latest car has been honed close to perfection, giving it victory in the 2004 MPV category.

“But where Renault really pulls ahead of rivals is in the amount of class it manages to inject into the chore of people carrying. Not only is it the most stylish car in class, but the cutting-edge interior works brilliantly, with plenty of storage across the dash. Renault hasn’t rested on its historic laurels with the Espace. All credit to the firm that, even after all this time, it still builds the finest MPV money can buy.”

The new Renault Scenic helped Renault achieve a double whammy in the Auto Express New Car Honours 2004 by winning the Compact MPV category beating off competition from the Ford Focus C-Max, Volkswagen Touran and Fiat Idea, among others.

Auto Express Editor, David Johns commented: “The Renault Scenic set new standards for versatility in a compact frame – and it’s continuing to lead the way seven years later with this new model. This MPV is by far the most family-friendly in the class and has one of the airiest cabins around, and the dash area is an ergonomic delight with all controls close to hand.

“The comprehensive range of engines ensures the car is a relaxed companion, no matter how much noise the children make. Our pick of the bunch is the 1.9 dCi unit – there are few more refined diesels around. Add in Renault’s impressive safety (vital for parents’ peace of mind), and the Scenic is the top choice for modern families.”