Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Grand Scenic - 2nd Report
14 October 2011
Author: Tony Rock
Perhaps it's the colour - to me it's more mud than 'Mocha', which is how it's officially defined by Renault - but I was initially underwhelmed when I first set eyes on the exterior of our new long-term Renault Grand Scenic.
Whatever you think about my previous long-termer, the Kia Sportage - and I was in a minority who felt its looks were a little too bold - one thing you couldn't accuse that car of is a lack of presence on the road, which you can with our brown Grand Scenic. It's not that the design is unattractive - in fact, some people think it's stylish - it's just that it 'blends' into the car park. Granted, it's early days, and I'm sure we'll get used to it, particular once the blue Sportage becomes a distant memory, but my eyes haven't yet become accustomed to picking it out in a line-up of other models in a multi-storey car park.
On top of that, my partner, who likes the colour, has labelled the styling as "mum-mobile", and by that she means that while she is a mother, that doesn't necessarily mean that she wants to be seen in a car that suggests she is when the kids are at school/nursery. What she wants is a car that might be 'mum-mobile' at the weekends, but is more 'girl about town' during the week.
|Renault Grand Scenic 1.6 dCi 130 Dyn. TT|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Actual CPM ||56.3p |
|Why we’re running it||To sample Renault’s crucial |
new 1.6 diesel engine in the
UK’s most fuel-efficient
|Plus||Engine power and refinement|
|Minus||The not-so-scenic Scenic? |