Loaded to the gunnels with enough camping gear to see us through a week or more we headed off to Camp Bestival in a Renault Grand Scenic. As the boys had decided to stay at home this year, we had the extra space in the back, as the two rear seats were neatly packed away. So far, so good, but we were yet to see how comfy this car was on a long journey.
So that's the negatives out of the way lets consider what is great about this family car. Most importantly it is very economical. We tested the Dynamique Tom Tom dCi 110 model and completed the 500 mile round trip, fully loaded, on less than a tank of diesel. Impressive? Absolutely! Especially as most of this was on motorways and has actually encouraged me to consider a diesel when replacing my car, as a 100 mile round trip four times a week gets pricey. Yet as it is a diesel model it can feel a little sluggish initially but soon makes up for this midrange. With economy getting a firm five stars, I would also award interior space and layout combinations the same rating. Having test driven various cars I am reluctant to award five stars for comfort however the Grand Scenic was by no means the least comfortable car I have driven. So I think a fair four stars for comfort, although there was ample legroom, which some MPV's lack. Another plus point for me was the reversing sensors, I am still pants at reverse parking so any gadget or aid is very welcomed.
Overall the Renault Grand Scenic is an impressive family vehicle, offering ample space. Although I would recommend a roof box if you were using all seven seats and heading off with a lot of luggage and/or camping gear. Most impressive for me was fuel economy and I think even on more urban journeys it would fair well in comparison to other family cars. Would I recommend the Grand Scenic to others? Yes I would, it is a good, sturdy, economical family car that provides the versatility of additional seats.
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Until next time, take care,
Disclaimer - Thank you to Renault for providing the Grand Scenic for review