The Renault Grand Scenic is a great people carrier with seven seats that is packed with lots of equipment to help boost its attractiveness in a competitive segment. The car is also a stylish and practical MPV which makes it a popular choice for families.
There’s a good choice of engines for the Grand Scenic with the best choice being the 1.5 litre dCi which should return around 69 mpg. The more powerful 1.6 litre version returns 64 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 114g/km: excellent figures for the size and weight of the Grand Scenic. It goes without saying that when the vehicle is packed with seven passengers and their luggage, the fuel economy will not match those figures. The 1.6 litre diesel engine is also excellent as a motorway cruiser though all the engines are responsive and engaging to drive. The 1.6 litre petrol version does feel underpowered when the vehicle is fully loaded though there is a very impressive 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine which has power, performance and economy thanks to its stop-start function.
Renault says its Grand Scenic has been designed with families in mind which is obvious from the interior which is well made with robust materials. Potential owners who worry about the size of the vehicle should be aware that the Grand Scenic doesn't handle like a big people carrier does; it's a nippy and fun experience with car-like abilities. With the Grand Scenic being so tall, the driver's position is excellent and it gives a great vantage point for the road ahead and when coupled to the light steering and decent suspension means that the vehicle is comfortable to drive; it also handles well. This extends from driving around town to winding country roads and even out on motorways, the vehicle is well balanced and there's always good feedback from the steering. However, it's for the excellent design ideas on board that helps to make the Grand Scenic stands out with every available space being used effectively; from the cubbyholes dotted around the cabin to the dashboard being placed as close the windscreen as possible to create even more space.
Standard equipment for the Grand Scenic includes an impressive media screen set in the middle of the dashboard, 'see me home' lights, keyless entry and a tyre inflation kit. Other models also get air con, automatic wipers, automatic parking brake, sun blinds, cruise control and alloy wheels. The top spec on the Privilege model includes rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control and electric folding mirrors.
The Renault Grand Scenic is also a safe one to drive having scored full marks on the Euro NCAP crash tests and comes with a safety equipment such as traction and electronic stability control, eight airbags and all the seats have adjustable headrests. There's also lots of space too with a decent sized boot that will expand to an enormous 2,063 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
The most striking thing about the Grand Scenic is just what value for money this vehicle brings to the market with its excellent interior and practicality. Not only does it have seven seats but there is plenty of room on board for everyone, though like most seven-seaters the rear two seats are only really suitable for children. However, the Grand Scenic comes packed with equipment to make this a viable alternative to some of its rivals.
Why not have a look at the Grand Scenic on the official Renault UK website and get the latest news about the Grand Scenic in the UK at The Grand Scenic owners' club and forum site. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Grand Scenic on the Top Gear website.
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