The Renault Grand Scenic is a compact MPV with reasonable room in all three rows (if you’re prepared to compromise in each of them). Quality is strong, too, while equipment levels are decent and it's good to drive.
The Grand Scenic's middle row of seats don’t fold into the floor, limiting practicality. They’re heavy and awkward to remove and refit, too. The ride is a little firm and rear visibility when parking isn’t great.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Petrol fans can choose between a 109bhp 1.6 and a turbocharged 1.2 with 114bhp. However, most buyers will prefer diesel power, and both choices are good ones. There’s a 109bhp 1.5-litre unit that comes with or without stop-start, and it offers reasonably eager performance. The 128bhp 1.6 turbodiesel offers more grunt.
Ride & Handling
The Grand Scenic’s steering has a rather artificial feel, but body roll is well controlled for such a tall car and there’s plenty of grip. Ride comfort is more important than sharp handling in an MPV, though, and the Scenic is starting to feel a little old and uncultured on that score – there’s a jittery, unsettled feel at all speeds.
The Grand Scenic isn’t exactly raucous, but it’s not the quietest MPV around, either. There’s a bit of wind and road noise to be heard on the motorway, and you’ll hear the suspension clunking over urban potholes. The engines are pretty quiet, but with the diesels, you do feel a wee bit too much vibration coming through the pedals.