The market called out to car makers for a spacious vehicle and this family car was the answer. It offers versatility in seating arrangements coupled with style, comfort and practicality. It comes with a modern sports look making it stand out and recognized among its peers.
It looks smaller than would be expected for a car with such a seating capacity because it has been shortened, giving it a sleeker appearance. The bumper has been coloured and the grill made to appear sharper which come in handy in the looks segment. The bars on the roof have chrome accented finishes making the whole exterior package spectacular. The new purchase price is between £19,700 and £22,700 with many second-hand bargains to be found.
The Interior & Seven Seat Arrangement of the Grand Scenic
The dashboard conforms to expected modern specifications with view of the controls being top of the range. The quality of materials used in the cockpit is relatively high quality yet functional, with the use of alloys to accentuate this. The steering wheel and the driver’s seat are conveniently adjusted for maximum comfort.
The middle row seats are easily removed while the rear sixth and seventh seats can be folded on the floor and remain flat. The legroom is adjustable because the middle row seats can be adjusted by moving them forward or backwards. The interior is further complemented by the clear visibility to the outside through large windows and a panoramic sunroof in some models. One is left feeling that the vehicle has been engineered completely with families in mind.
Frugal & Cost Saving Engines
The modern version of this family vehicle has been reduced to 3 engine variants – 2 of which are petrol powered while the third is diesel run. The petrol options are the 1.4TCE which is turbocharged and the 1.6DCI which offers a horsepower of 130bhp. The diesel version has a 1.5 DCI and a horsepower of 110.
The turbocharged petrol engine offers the smoothest ride of the three with its minimal noise levels when the engine is idle. The 1.6DCI however offers the ideal torque to transport a full family load including luggage around the country. The diesel version is the only of the three that can make the 40 miles per gallon mark. Whatever the engine type, the vehicle is fuel efficient and affordable in terms of road tax. The transmission is a 6 speed manual system for any of the above engine choices.
How does the Grand Scenic Handle?
This family car maintains composure even when cornering hard and after hitting the occasional bump. Steering response is quick and accurate and cruising along is perfectly safe due to the automated braking system, features to assist during emergency braking and the distribution of brake force during emergency stops. The vehicle maintains stability using the electronic systems, with the chassis comfortably tuned for easier handling. A series of air bags which include 2 for the cockpit, 2 for the sides and further airbags in the side curtains. All these safety features have made this 7 seater car attain a rating of 5 in the EuroNCAP crash tests.
Gadgets, Gizmos and Extras…
Offered with the Renault Grand Scenic people carrier are the trip computer, CD player, 2 climate-zone air conditioning, and front and rear windows that are electronically controlled. Parking brakes that are electronic and an LCD display on the dash board are some extra additions. The vehicle comes with satellite navigation, automatic wiper and lighting, cruise control and sensors to assist in reverse parking.