The Renault Mascott was introduced in 1999 and it was discontinued in 2010, when it was replaced by the third generation Master. The Mascott was available in many body configurations including vans and chassis cab models. Thanks to its versatility and a relatively low acquisition price, the vehicle received a good response from the market.
The Mascot was equipped with a Euro 4 engine and featured a pretty spacious cab with a good overall ergonomy. The Mascott offered a wide range of versions from 3.5 t to 6.5 t, with single or dual rear wheels. The vehicle was also available with a choice of body lengths ranging from 2,575 mm to 6,460 mm.
Judging by today’s standards, the Renault Mascot design is a bit dated, due to its bulky appearance and a pretty plane front fascia.
However, if you take a closer look will be able to find a few modern design elements which make the Mascott look more upscale. The radiator grille features a nice “V” shaped base line which gives the vehicle a touch of dynamism. We also like the sporty creases sculpted into the bonnet, as they make the overall design look more solid. The wraparound bumper doesn’t have any fancy design, but it’s made of a strong material and copes well with the utilitarian nature of the vehicle.
The double optic headlights are pretty simple too, but they gel well with the raked bonnet and the big windshield. One of our favorite elements is the cut-down side glass found near the mirrors which improves the side visibility and also gives a touch of sportiness.
Grab the handle on, get a footing on the side-step, and as soon as you’re inside, you’ll find that typical fade design that was common for all the old commercial vehicles. While the interior is hardly upscale, the materials appear durable and well-suited to a work vehicle likely to be exposed to dust and dirt.
Aside from the round air vents which look pretty good, it will be hard to find other modern design elements inside the Mascott’s cab. The controls are also placed pretty chaotic, but despite their odd layout they are easy to reach and big enough to be used even with gloves on.
Renault had always known how to use its cabin space to maximize comfort and storage, and the Mascott’s cabin makes no exception. If you’ll forget the dated look of the dashboard, and make a close inspection to its storage compartments you’ll be amazed to see how creative Renault’s engineers were. Apart from the typical glove box and the convenient cup holders there is also a hollow storage box sculpted into the dash which is very practical and spacious. Additionally there is also another handy console hanging next to the dash-mounted gear knob. Renault also added a wicked multi-function passenger bench with reclining seat incorporating storage space under the bench.
Given the fact that a van driver usually needs to get in and out of the cab pretty often, the seats aren’t fitted with any significant side bolstering in order to offer easy egress and degress. However, they come with headrests and enough adjustments to keep you satisfied. We don’t have any complains about the adjustable steering wheel either, as it offers a good grab and also comes with integrated controls for the audio system.
On the Renault Mascot equipments list you can find features like mechanically suspended driver seat, automatic headlight activation, touch control electric window lifts, cruise control, onboard computer or navigation system.
Engines and transmissions
All Mascotts were equipped ready for towing and up-fitting with auxiliary equipment like power-take-offs (PTO). The vehicle makes do with a choice of either 130 hp or 150 hp DXi 3 Euro 4 engines. The engines are mated on 6 speed gearboxes with overdrive, offering good torque at low engine speeds, as well as controlled fuel consumption at high engine speeds.
The 150 hp unit delivers a maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,600 to 2,800 rpm, while the 130 hp model reaches offers a peak torque of 300 Nm in the same rev range.
In addition to being a variable geometry turbo engine, the DXi3 was also available with EGR technologies which make it able to meet the Euro 4 emissions standards.
With good pickups at low engine speeds and high torque/power rating, the DXi3 engines offered plenty of punch to be able to deal with all sorts of commercial jobs. While we found the 130 horse power engine to be acceptable, we’ll have to admit that we would have preferred more grunt when driving around town. The 150hp unit however, was more rewarding, and also offered a good balance between efficiency and performance.
Renault Mascott Engines Specifications
|DXi3||130@ 3,600|| 300@ 1,500 to 2,800 |
|DXi3||150@ 3,600|| 350@ 1,600 to 2,800 |
Ride and handling
The Renault Mascott is equipped with normal or strengthened parabolic front and rear suspensions, combined with antiroll bars for a smoother ride. The ride wasn’t something to rave about, as the suspensions weren’t able to keep the road bumps outside and the ride was a bit unsettled.
On the other hand, the steering managed to deal pretty well with the utilitarian character of the vehicle and offered a good maneuverability at both high and low speeds.
The Renault Mascott was equipped with 4 disc brakes combined with ABS, EBD, DTC (Drag Torque Control) and ASR systems for enhanced safety. The ASR (Anti Spin Regulation) option controls the wheels by managing the engine speed, to provide optimal traction under all road conditions. At low speeds makes starting easier under low grip conditions while when travelling, it enables the vehicle’s directional stability to be maintained on bends or in the event of sudden acceleration on the straight.
The Renault Mascott was a fairly reliable workhorse for its times. It offered anything you’d usually ask from a LCV and thanks to its various body options, it was also a highly versatile vehicle. The cabin however, has started to show its age and despite its satisfactory ergonomy it can’t be compared with today’s standards. The engines were pretty capable and managed to deal with any job without backing down.