Hmm, this isn’t exactly something that’ll get pulses racing but as MPV’s go, the new Grand Scenic isn’t that bad looking at all.
The second-generation seven-seater (it can also be had with just five if you so wish) is 75mm longer and 20mm wider than the outgoing model and has 30mm of extra ground clearance to boot and it has plenty of French flair; it has a similar crossover design as the Scenic (which made its debut in Geneva earlier this year) and it rides on big 20in wheels. It boasts shorter overhangs than before and even has a diffuser integrated into the rear bumper. The sculpted side panels look pretty neat as do the new L-shaped taillights. Up front, it gets the familiar Renault family face and that huge logo in the middle of the grille.
It is roomier than before too and has a boot that is 40 litres bigger (765 litres in total) and the rear seats can be folded away automatically by a tap of the touchscreen (or by pressing a button in the boot) to create a flat floor. The rest of the cabin is similar to that of the new Scenic and it gets the distinctive portrait 8.7in touchscreen in the middle of the dash and has sat-nav, telephone, radio and other applications. It even has a colour head-up display and a banging Bose sound system. It feels even bigger in there thanks to a panoramic glass roof that allows lots of natural light in. You get folding tables in the back which have been designed to accommodate Tablets/iPads along with several USB ports. And, thanks to the sunblind back there, you won’t get any glare on the screen.
Power comes from a choice of four diesels and two turbocharged petrol engines and there’s a hybrid option too and it’ll have a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch. On the safety side of things, the Grand Scenic gets active emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and a tiredness warning system.