As mentioned, there seems to be no downside to having the extra row of seats in the Renault Grand Scenic.
As mentioned, there seems to be no downside to having the extra row of seats in the Renault Grand Scenic. When not in use, they remain part of the flat, boot floor, taking up none of the 1863-litre, luggage capacity.
These rearmost seats are individual and just a tug on the strap raises the seat into position, complete with footwell and enough headroom to accommodate a person of up to 5'9" in height.
Furthermore, Renault boasts that the Renault Grand Scenic's 275mm legroom in the second row of seats represents the best in class. These three seats are also individual and have the ability to slide fore and aft over 170mm, which is twice as much as before; while the seat backs all recline through two positions. Also, all three seats come with ISOFIX mountings, which is good news for growing families.
For extra space, the second row seats can be tumble folded or removed altogether and the front passenger seat, above Expression trim level, also folds to accept longer items. All in all, the accommodation is comfortable, very flexible and easily configured to suit most needs from load-lugging trips to family holidays.
And for such occasions, there is plenty of storage available in the Renault Grand Scenic, with no less than 40 oddments trays and bins dotted throughout the cabin. Depending on the trim level, there are under-floor compartments ahead of the front and second row seats, under-seat drawers, a large cooled glovebox and sliding front armrest amongst others, which all add up to a capacity of 83-litres.
Although the exterior is now more conventional in its design, the new Renault Grand Scenic still retains some Renault quirkiness, which is evident in the dashboard. The soft-touch material is not new but the layout is. The main feature is the centrally placed instrument nacelle that sits in a broadly sweeping cowl. It looks as if the top of the curved dashboard has been cut and lifted in order to house the navigation system and graphic instrument display.
We are told that Renault is the first to use TFT (Thin Film Transistor) technology in this area and, in this segment. This type of technology is normally used for computer screens, which gives an indication of just how impressively clear the colour display is. It covers various information including speed, tyre pressure warning and general alerts as well as the rear parking image, where a camera is fitted.
As with the new Renault Clio, the Renault Grand Scenic is available with integrated TomTom navigation. Priced at £450, the Carminat system's 15cm screen is set into the nacelle alongside the TFT panel where it is also used to control the audio and Bluetooth functions.
Renault Grand Scenic Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi Dynamique|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||61.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 07/10/09)||£19,095|