Renault has announced it is extending the length of warranty on its latest Espace MPV and new Laguna.
The French car manufacturer says the move is part of its commitment to making more reliable, better quality cars.
Renault says all Espace models registered from the start of this year will come with a warranty that expires at 100,000 miles or after three years, whichever comes first.
Previously, the warranty was 60,000 miles or three years.
It says this will put it ahead of its rivals – the Ford Galaxy and S-Max, the Volkswagen Sharan, Peugeot 807, Chrysler Voyager and Citroen C8 – which all have a 60,000-mile or three-year warranty.
Renault was second from bottom in the Which? car manufacturer reliability league table in 2007, and Which? will be watching to see whether Renault can improve quality significantly.
However, we believe the 100,000-mile element of this extended warranty is a token gesture as other manufacturers already offer longer warranties.
Which? car expert George Marshall-Thornhill said: ‘If Renault is serious about its quality commitment then it should extend the warranty period beyond three years, as rivals Kia (seven years) and Hyundai (five years) have done.’
He added: ‘Extending the mileage limit to 100,000 will benefit only those few Espace and Laguna customers who drive more than 20,000 miles a year.’