New Renault Grand Scenic vs Citroen Grand C4 Picasso vs Volkswagen Touran
Renault has upped the MPV stakes with its stylish new Grand Scénic seven-seater. Is it enough to defeat our current MPV of the Year, the Touran, or the revamped Grand C4 Picasso?...
All C4 Picassos get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard with sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. Feel trim adds a 12.0in screen above it that shows sat-nav instructions and the car’s instruments. The 7.0in screen’s menus are fairly easy to navigate, but the screen doesn’t always react quickly when you press it, and its graphics could be sharper.
As standard, Dynamique Nav trim gets you a 7.0in touchscreen that includes a DAB radio, Bluetooth and sat-nav. However, we couldn’t try this, as our car was fitted with an optional 8.7in portrait touchscreen. It’s a good size, but the menus are confusing and the graphics are a bit low rent. Annoyingly, you have to alter the air-con using the screen. This and some other on-screen menus are tricky to hit on the move.
Like the other two, the Touran gets a colour touchscreen with Bluetooth and a DAB radio. At 6.5in, it’s a little bit smaller but is the easiest to use and responds the quickest. Sat-nav is a pricey option, as is a larger 8.0in screen. A cheaper alternative is the Car-Net system (£135) that adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, allowing you to view directions from your phone’s sat-nav through the car’s screen.