The Grand Voyager looks like it may make a pretty decent case for itself in this department at first glance. The identically powered (161bhp) 2.0 TDCi Ford Galaxy in Titanium trim comes in slightly cheaper than the entry-level Grand Voyager LX.
But the equipment levels of the base model are not what you’d consider to be generous. Foglights, mirrored sun visors, automatic headlights and wipers and an automatic driver’s mirror are all things you’d expect as standard in a car of its type and price, but you have to start heading into the Touring and range-topping Limited before this equipment starts to feature as standard.
The Limited does offer a vast quantity of equipment for its vast price, though. A full-leather interior, load-levelling suspension, heated and adjustable seats and chrome trim can all be found on this model. Even so, a Galaxy offers much of the same, for less money.
In our hands, the Grand Voyager’s economy was reasonable, but no more. During a decent cruise, we returned 33.8mpg, with an average of 26.8mpg. It’s also fairly high up the road tax food chain, in VED band K, so it is not cheap to tax. CO2 emissions are officially rated at 222g/km. As for insurance, the base two models sit in group 32 and the Limited range-topper is group 34.
Residual values are respectable – in line with the Galaxy’s and better than those of the now-extinct (in the UK, at least) Renault Grand Espace.