What drives like a station wagon, carries stuff like a van and people like a minibus, all the while being no longer or wider than a regular car? The 1985 Renault Espace, of course! The Espace is Europe’s answer to the Chrysler Voyager of the 1980s, although both seemed to have been developed independently. The Renault was really versatile insofar as it allowed for a lot of combinations when it came to seat arrangements; the second and third row could be arranged to face each other, or to form a card table of sorts, or removed entirely to carry stuff. The Espace became the epitome of the MPV, or Multi-Purpose Vehicle, and was a runaway success.
The 1985 Espace was powered by a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that developed 110 horsepower. It was nothing fancy, but had enough torque to ensure reasonable driving enjoyment. I also know, from personal experience, that a diesel version was also available, and tended to stall a lot. Or maybe that was just me. Probably just me.
The 1985 Renault Espace was able to reach a very acceptable top speed of 109 miles per hour, and to accelerate to 60 in just about 10 seconds, both very reasonable figures considering the nature of the vehicle.