This is a peculiar one. There is a very large cubby inside which are two cupholders. One of them can hold an ash-cup.
Much about the 2002 Espace impresses, especially in the top Initiale trim. The interior is coated in leather with contrasting stitching. It creates an air of luxury that is not flouncy or over-wrought. Renault went to a fair amount of trouble to make use of the dashboard volume. Not one but two large glove boxes lurk under the dashtop. The main masses and details hang together very well indeed too. The same goes for the back seats as well. One can see that Renault put on their thinking caps when trying to provide an alternative to the big, family saloon. Yet the car is only 4.6 metres long.
The ashtray situation is where it all falls down. In front of the gear lever is a very promising large, glossy box with a nice wide lid. When you open it you are confronted by a disappointing ash cup with a flip-top lid. What
would have been nice was for the option of a proper shovel-shaped, chrome coated metal ashtray as good as the one on the Renault 25. A lamp would also have been necessary and the Initiale doesn´t have this feature. Still, it would not have meant more than about two extra parts: a metal tray and some form of rubber or plastic grommet. Then the icing would have been on the cake.
We will have some more French luxury later on today.