The Grand Scenic doesn’t look as van-like as some rival seven-seat MPVs, which is a large part of its appeal. The trade-off is that it’s not quite as capacious inside, but it’s still a very roomy and practical five-seater with a massive boot, good access and three proper second-row seats. It’s easy to fold the second and third row seats away, and you can do this at the touch of a button in higher-spec models.
With all seven seats in place the boot is only large enough for a couple of holdalls, or a few bags of shopping. Passenger space in the rear pair of seats is the Grand Scenic’s major weakness, however. They’re fine as occasional seats for children, but very cramped for adults. Those in rivals such as the Seat Alhrambra
, by contrast, have enough headroom and legroom to keep adults comfortable on long journeys.
Up front, the Grand Scenic provides plenty of adjustment for the steering wheel and driver’s seat, and the large glass area gives you a great view of the road ahead. The touch-screen infotainment isn’t the most intuitive of its type, but it looks smart, especially the larger version you get with high-spec models.
The Grand Scenic is a bit more fun to drive than some large MPVs but the ride quality is firmer than you might expect of a family car, thanks in part to the undeniably stylish 20-inch alloy wheels fitted to all models.