How do you make the super-sensible MPV class sexy? With the seven-seat Grand Scenic, Renault seems to think that the trick is to add some of the design flair and muscularity that have helped make SUVs so popular.
The Grand Scenic’s looks may be a bit out there, but there’s a familiar range of engines under the steeply sloped bonnet. These range from a 1.3-litre petrol engine with two power outputs to 1.5 and 1.6 diesels. If you want to lessen your impact on Mother Earth or just save a few quid on company car tax, a hybrid version is also available.
There are four trim levels, although all get basics such as electric windows and air conditioning. Importantly, all models get automatic emergency braking and scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash test. On paper, the Grand Scenic looks like a worthy adversary to the Volkswagen Touran and Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.
Keep reading on over the next few pages for our impressions on how the Grand Scenic drives, how practical it is, what it’ll cost you and how it compares with its rivals.
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