What is it?
It's the recently launched seven-seat Grand Scenic, equipped with a 130bhp 1.9 dCi engine. We're testing the car in Dynamique trim, which means air-con, alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth, keyless entry, auto headlights and wipers and a digital dashboard are all standard fit. It scores five Euro NCAP crash test stars and ESP is standard fit across the range.
Our test car was also fitted with a panoramic sunroof, climate control, parking sensors, adaptable head restraints and built-in TomTom satellite navigation. Road tax is £50 cheaper than the 160bhp dCi version, at £125, while there is the potential for 50.4mpg.
What’s it like?
In comparison with the 160 dCi version, which is shod with lower-profile tyres and weighs 100kg more, this trim and engine combination makes for a more comfortable ride.
In sixth gear the engine spins at 2250prm at 70mph, with sufficient torque left for hills and overtaking. Road and wind noise are well blocked out, but unfortunately this magnifies the less well insulated engine, which can feel and sound gruff around town.
Unless you compromise the comfort for middle row passengers, the two rearmost seats are useful for children only. With all seven seats in place luggage space is limited, although access is eased by the absence of a boot lip.