New Renault Grand Scenic vs Citroen Grand C4 Picasso vs Volkswagen Touran

Renault has upped the MPV stakes with its stylish new Grand ScΓ©nic seven-seater. Is it enough to defeat our current MPV of the Year, the Touran, or the revamped Grand C4 Picasso?

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New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Renault Grand Scenic and Volkswagen Touran

Our verdict

The Grand ScΓ©nic is certainly one of the most head-turning MPVs out there and comes with a lot of standard kit. Despite this, it finishes last in this test due to it being more expensive, not very refined and, most importantly of all, the least spacious of our trio.

In second place is the recently revised Grand C4 Picasso. It has an engine that’s nearly as strong as the ScΓ©nic’s but far quieter, is a lot more spacious inside and has most of the kit you’d need and a bit more. However, we would like to see AEB as standard, or at least a much cheaper option than it is. The second-row seats are also fiddly to fold and the ride wallows on twisty roads and crashes over potholes.

That leaves us with the Touran. It may look a little boring next to its extrovert French rivals, but its sensibleness is its key strength. From the moment you get in, it impresses with its feeling of quality, solidity and user-friendliness. It’s also roomy inside, having the most spacious third-row seats and running the C4 very close for second-row leg room.

Importantly, all of the seats are easy to fold up or down and the seats in the middle row can be moved individually. Despite its lesser performance, the Touran is comfortably the best car here to drive, too, thanks to well-weighted steering, a slick gearbox and good body control. The Touran is a little firmer-riding than the C4, but we suspect children will be less likely to feel carsick in the Touran, and we’d take the odd bump over a major clean-up operation every time.

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1st – Volkswagen Touran

For Spacious; good to drive; classy interior

Against Sluggish performance; least standard kit

Verdict It may not be the most eye-catching compact MPV, but it’s easily the best

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – CitroΓ«n Grand C4 Picasso

For Cheapest to buy; punchy engine; well equipped

Against Fiddly rear seats; wallowy handling

Verdict A great choice if you want striking looks

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Renault Grand ScΓ©nic

For Standard kit; easy-to-fold rear seats; good looks

Against Noisy engine; cramped third-row seats; pricey

Verdict Noisy, expensive and not practical enough

Rated 2 out of 5

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Specifications: CitroΓ«n Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi 120 Feel

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price Β£24,990

Target Price Β£20,972

Power 118bhp @ 3500rpm

Torque 221lb ft @ 1750rpm

0-60mph 11.2sec

Top speed 117mph

True MPG 48.0mpg

Gov't fuel economy 74.3mpg

CO2 emissions 106g/km

Specifications: Renault Grand ScΓ©nic 1.6 dCi 130 Dynamique Nav

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price Β£26,945

Target Price Β£26,420

Power 128bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 236Ib ft @ 1750rpm

0-60mph 11.2sec

Top speed 118mph

True MPG 47.3mpg

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 119g/km

Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 SE

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price Β£25,785

Target Price Β£21,136

Power 113bhp @ 3200-4000rpm

Torque 185lb ft @ 1500-3250rpm

0-60mph 11.9sec

Top speed 118mph

True MPG 50.9mpg

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 119g/km

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