What is it?
It’s the stretched version of Renault’s newly revised Modus; the company's first effort at a supermini-MPV. In a similar vein to the Grand variants of the Scenic and Espace, Renault have lengthened the Modus by 160mm, taking it closer to the rivalling Nissan Note in terms of size.
The pay-off for the increased length is a boot that’s significantly bigger than the standard car, up from 293 litres to 410 litres. With the seats folded, this figure increases to 1454 litres; remarkable given the car’s exterior dimensions.
This is the first time we've driven the car on UK roads, and with the 1.5 dCi engine.
What’s it like?
Identical to the standard Modus, only roomier. Adding an extra 93mm to the wheelbase has significantly increased rear passenger space, so you no longer have to sacrifice legroom for luggage space.
The cabin is basic but well built, with the soft-touch dashboard and aluminium-look trim on this range-topping Dynamique model helping to lift the quality of the interior over lesser models. Rear picnic tables and numerous storage spaces in the roof and doors enhance the family-friendly nature of the car.
Standard safety equipment is generous, including electronic stability control and a tyre-pressure monitoring system, which helped get the regular Modus the maximum five-star rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests. Expect the Grand to do equally well.