Here's the Renault Grand Scenic’s raison d’etre. If there’s one thing that will strike you if you’ve ever been inside the previous-generation Renault MPV, it’s how well constructed this new model feels.
In design it’s partly inspired by the latest Mégane. The air vents, stereo and climate controls occupy the same positions as in the hatch, but materials differ in places and feel of a higher quality in the Grand Scenic.
The major dials – speedo, rev counter, fuel gauge and so on – are all sited on a digital screen that has an excellent graphical quality and is easy to read.
Slightly less convincing is the adjacent screen for the satellite navigation system (now standard across the range), although it’s by no means poor and, developed by Carminat TomTom, is relatively easy to use. Its controls nestle on the centre console, and if you want that to slide (which, to unleash the Grand Scenic’s full versatility, you will), you have to pay extra.
The front seats are comfortable, as is the widely adjustable driving position, and the centre and rear rows are as spacious as one can reasonably expect within the confines of this car’s size.