The Renault Grand Scenic is a seven-seat compact MPV that tries to inject some desirability into the super-sensible small MPV class. How do you make such an unexciting class sexy? Renault seems to think that some of the design flair and muscularity that have helped make SUVs so popular will do the trick.
The looks may be a bit out there, but there’s a familiar range of engines under the steeply sloped bonnet. These range from a 1.2-litre petrol engine with two power outputs, to 1.5 and 1.6-litre 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 on the horizon.
There are four trim levels available, although all get the basics such as electric windows and air-conditioning. Importantly, all models get automatic emergency braking and scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. On paper, it looks like a worthy adversary to the VW Touran and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, both of which you can read about by following our thoughtfully placed links.
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.