The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Renault Trafic


The Renault Trafic sets a new standard for practicality and style, with a design that combines efficiency and spaciousness. The French manufacturer believes that the van you drive for work should be just as enjoyable as any other vehicle you drive. Read more as Wrong Fuel Rescue takes you through the features of this durable van, and what to do in the event that you put in the wrong fuel in your Renault Trafic


The Evolution of The Trafic


In 2020, Renault celebrated an astonishing 40 years of the Trafic – the mid-sized van which served as a replacement for the famous Estafette back in 1980. The Trafic has since sold over two million units with only three generations since its origin. The first generation of the Trafic was sold consistently for 21 years before the release of a refreshed model. The latest-gen arrived in 2014 but was updated with new engines, fresh tech, and an on-brand Renault family face, just over a year ago.


Choosing the Right Renault Trafic


This diesel-fueled van is built in France and has had a long commercial run in Europe since its launch in the 80s, long before hitting the Australian market in 2004. Since the Renault Trafic is sold worldwide, the van also goes by different names, such as: Nissan NV300 and Mitsubishi Express. Rivaling the Ford Transit, Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes-Benz Vito, and Hyundai iLoad, the Renault Trafic offers both short and long-wheelbases – all of which are exclusively offered with a turbo-diesel engine.


There are countless versions of the Renault Trafic, with many of the van’s sections being customizable to what the driver desires. This level of versatility goes beyond just different colour combinations – it also includes wheelbases, heights, load space and seats et cetera. Basically, if you can’t find a Trafic that works for you, you’re probably not looking hard enough.


The Trafic panel van range starts from the L1H1 Business which is the smallest and most basic trim, followed by the Business+ and Sport trim levels as well as two wheelbase lengths and two roof heights. The L2H1 Black Edition is the most expensive and powerful version of the Trafic panel van.


Then there’s a crew van with a second row of seats in either long or short wheelbase forms and an impressive nine-seat Trafic Passenger that comes in Business, Sport and Spaceclass trims. The Trafic range is offered with a 5-year, 200,000km warranty.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Renault Trafic’s Performance


The Renault Trafic is sold with engines that range in size from 1.6L to 2.0L and from twin-turbocharged four-cylinders to turbocharged four-cylinders. The latest Trafic Pro comes with a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine which produces 85kW of power and 300Nm of torque.


The Premium has two available powertrains: a 1.6-litre twin-turbocharged diesel unit which produces 103kW and 340Nm or a 2.0-litre single-turbo diesel engine making 125kW and 380Nm. The 85kW and 103kW engines come only with a six-speed manual, while the 125kW engine comes only with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Drivetrain options are reserved for the transmission, which is available as a six-speed manual and automatic.


Even though the Trafic has a wide customizable range, each model comes equipped with an 80L fuel tank with efficient fuel economy for the various engine choices. The Renault Trafic uses 6.6L/100km with the 85kW engine, 6.2L/100km with the 103kW engine, and 7.3L/100km with the 125kW engine.


The Renault Trafic Crew Lifestyle weighs more than two tonnes, and despite a relatively modest engine displacement, it has ample torque which provides excellent throttle response and relatively brisk acceleration. Expect 0-100km/h acceleration in the 10- to 12-second zone.


The mid-sized van’s towing capacity ranges from 1630kg to 2000kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options that can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicle’s handbook before attempting to tow anything.


Wheel size for the 2022 Renault Trafic will vary depending on the model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models. The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.


Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Space in the Renault Trafic


The 2021 Renault Trafic measures 4999mm long, 1956mm wide and 1971mm tall in Short Wheelbase guise, with the Long Wheelbase stretching to 5399mm long. The cargo bay measures 2537mm long (2937mm long in the Long Wheelbase), 1662mm wide and 1387mm tall.


The load-through bulkhead gives access to 4.15m load length, with an effective load volume of 6 cubic metres leaving room for bigger jobs. The availability of improved LED cargo area lighting, different trims and locking sequences that help optimize loading will add to your ever-increasing efficiency and ease.


Wrong Fuel Rescue explores the Trafic’s Interior


The Renault Trafic Crew Lifestyle has a good driving position with ample seat adjustability. It can accommodate two passengers up front, making it a six-seater. There’s rear seating for up to three passengers, each with three head restraints, three full lap-sash belts and ISOFIX on the two outer positions.


The Renault Trafic Crew Lifestyle features opening side-door glass, and a robust moulded polycarbonate bulkhead which insulates its crew zone from cargo bay noise and doubles as a sturdy cargo barrier. There are numerous bottle/cup holders and storage bins for driver and front passengers, but the absence of these conveniences in the sliding rear side-doors is a significant oversight of rear passenger comfort that should be addressed.


A wide range of useful accessories can be added to the Trafic to make your jobs that much easier. The aluminium roof rack with roller adds significant loading space up top, while the interior roof rack can help you organise your cargo. With the epoxy steel ladder, you can access the roof quickly without any issues. You’ll be able to spend extra on the front grille trim, rubber floor mats, mudflaps on the rear wheels, swinging door protector, cargo entry protector, and towbar tongue to suit the rear step.


Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Safety and Technology in the Renault Trafic


Following a poor performance in the 2021 van assessments, the Trafic is offered in 2022 with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support. With these safety systems, the 2022 Trafic achieves a Silver award which puts it amongst the better-performing vans tested by Euro NCAP in this year’s round of tests.


The new Trafic also offers the help of rear parking sensors and the rear-view camera. The wide-view mirror integrated into the passenger sun visor is designed to help you view the rear blind spot easily, and the addition of fog lights as standard across the range keeps your surroundings bright if the weather turns. With 5 airbags, you and your passengers can travel with peace of mind.


The Trafic Pro comes standard with the following features:


  • Hill-start assist
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED headlights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Digital speedometer


The Premium adds:


  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Premium black upholstery
  • Automatic stop/start
  • The Business Plus option pack adds:
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Heated driver’s seat
  • Climate control air-conditioning
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • The Crew Lifestyle adds:
  • Second-row seating
  • Heated driver’s seat
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • LED ceiling lights
  • Two rear speakers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels


The Trafic is also equipped with Media Nav Evolution, featuring both Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone replication you’re just a touch away from staying in touch. With the large dashboard touchscreen, you can replicate your mobile device to use your apps at any time. The system also features navigation with live traffic updates, hands-free calling, digital radio, and music streaming, so trips between jobs can be as entertaining or productive as you’d like.


Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue in your Renault Trafic?


Mis-fuelling happens when you add the wrong fuel type to your vehicle, whether that be adding petrol in a diesel engine or diesel in a petrol engine. We at The Wrong Fuel Rescue have come to the aid of many Renault Trafic drivers who have accidentally added the wrong fuel to their vehicle, although you can prevent this from happening by paying close attention when refuelling your Renault Trafic.


The Renault Trafic is powered by a turbo-diesel engine. This means that it’s possible to mis-fuel your Renault Trafic van by adding petrol to the diesel engine. Filling your Trafic engine with the wrong fuel is a very serious but frequent mishap that can become quite costly if not addressed immediately.


It’s a major risk to have petrol contamination in a diesel vehicle – due to petrol having a higher calorific value and diesel having a higher compression ratio – meaning that you shouldn’t ignore the dangers that come with mis-fuelling. Repairing will most likely be expensive as this may cause damage to the engine’s internal components and fuel lines.


Petrol is a thin fuel and diesel is thick. Therefore, the petrol engine of the Renault Trafic is not made to cope with the properties of diesel. If you drive a petrol engine with diesel in the fuel tank, the fuel filter could possibly clog up because it’s not designed to handle the greasy property of diesel.


If the fuel somehow moves any further, it can cause problems for the fuel injectors. The mixture of fuels will result in soot build-up that might cause spark plug failure. If you have filled up your diesel Renault Trafic with petrol, one or more of the following signs will occur:


  • Slower acceleration
  • A loud, knocking sound from the vehicle’s interior
  • Lackluster performance
  • Significant amounts of smoke emerging from the exhaust
  • The vehicle suddenly cutting out.


On the flip side, here is what you can expect when filling up your petrol vehicle with diesel instead:


  • The vehicle struggling to start, or outright being unable to start at all
  • The engine constantly cutting out
  • Stuttering movements from the vehicle whilst driving
  • Clouds of smoke may emerge from the exhaust pipe


If you notice any, or all, of the above warning signs, your best bet is to pull over as soon as you can safely do so and call us at Wrong Fuel Rescue. In order to prevent further damage to your Renault Trafic or vehicle of choice, resist the temptation to keep driving to your nearest fuel station or repair shop. Instead, give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call and we will assist you in record time and get you safely back on the road.