More than 1,000 miles have passed under the wheels of the Grand Scenic in the past four weeks, used as a ferry to and from work, to take the kids to school, and to shuttle my wife Clare to the train station and back. I was even allowed out on my own for a solo shopping trip to a designer outlet village in Kent, which gave me time to appreciate the features of the MPV away from screaming kids and a demanding wife, or should that be the other way around? And with each extra mile the car continues to impress in so many ways. Firstly, thereís the amount of space on board, especially in the front, with room in the footwell for Clareís handbag and laptop case, as well as for her legs. Cubby holes are provided generously around the cabin, for drinks bottles, coffee mugs, sweets and paperwork, as well as an incredibly large central storage compartment which incorporates USB charging points ñ a must for charging items on the go. The ability to move this centre console forward and back is a nice touch, but youíll need to ensure that the cupholders arenít in use first. Itís finished off nicely with ambient lighting around the lower edge, which looks fantastic in the dark, with the ability to alter the colours via the menu on the portrait-shaped infotainment touchscreen. The only disappointment surrounds the glovebox, which is hindered by intrusion from the fuse box, and so isnít as generously sized as the outer door hints at.
We put six of the seven seats to the test earlier in the month thanks to a trip to Chessington World of Adventures. Now I get sick just looking at the rides, and so I was left behind. Instead, Clare rounded up our two kids, along with a friend with two of her own. Buyers of the regular Scenic would need to leave one of the kids at home grizzling, but because our car is the longer wheelbase Grand Scenic, thereís a couple of extra child-sized seats nestling in the boot. To unfold the neatly hidden chairs, you simply pull on the straps one-by-one and hey presto, youíve got a seven-seater. Collapsing them back down is even easier, and can be done at the touch of a button. Thereís a keypad positioned in the boot, or it can be done via the centre console touchscreen. Youíll need to slide the middle row of seats forward a little, otherwise thereís no legroom at all in the third row. Access to the rearmost chairs is provided via a lever that allows the second row of seats to rise up and move forward, giving space for littluns to squeeze through to get to the third row. The kids sat there were excited by the prospect of being so far away from the adults, and there were no complaints from either of them.
Date arrived 23rd May 2017
Fuel economy 61.4mpg (combined) 47.1mpg (on test)
The styling of the Grand Scenic is bold and really different.
The glovebox is tiny and suffers from intrusion by the fuse box.