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The Renault Grand Scenic defies the 'form follows function' principle with a sportier design, which doesn't sacrifice its practicality.

23 Jun 2017

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Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) are classic examples of the 'form follows function' principle, which states that the design of an object should be based upon its intended purpose. And in this case the purpose is to accommodate as many people and luggage as possible.

While a boxy exterior isn't a deal breaker for most, some would still view the MPV's design as boring. The fourth generation Renault Grand Scenic, on the other hand, is anything but.

Sporty 20-inch alloy wheels come standard in the Grand Scenic

Tell me where you get that body from

The Grand Scenic, successor to the world's first compact MPV - the Scenic - has evolved over a span of two decades to become the curvaceous beauty that it is today.

Dual-tone paintwork separates the seven-seater's black roof from the rest of its body, affording a slimmer silhouette that tapers off towards the back. It also gets a more commanding road presence, thanks in part to a longer wheelbase (2,804mm) and broader width (2,128mm).

A slidable centre console reveals two cupholders in the front

Not just a pretty face

The Grand Scenic isn't just a pretty face though. When push comes to shove, the seven-seater is more than capable of accommodating a large family.

This people hauler also boasts tonnes of storage, with 14 'hidden' compartments strewn about the cabin for the whole family.

Convenient amenities such as USB ports and 12V sockets are spread across all three rows and ensure no one has to fight over who gets to charge their smartphone or tablet.

Hidden storage compartments allow for convenient stowing away of items like dirty shoes

Foldaway tables on the back of the front seats, which are able to hold smart devices, allow the kids to plug in and keep busy while sunshades on the rear windows help them stay cool, or just keep the glare off their smartphones.

Something else the kids might like is the panoramic glass moonroof, which gives the cabin an airy and spacious feel.

If the kids aren't riding along and you require more space, a One-touch Folding control - located on the left side of the boot - allows for easy folding of individual or all seats at once.

A panoramic moon roof gives the cabin a light and airy feel

The same function can be accessed through Renault's 8.7-inch touchscreen system in the front, which is similar to the one found in the Megane Sedan. It allows for customisable home screens and driving modes, on top of multimedia and navigational functionality.
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Car Information

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Price

: $115,999

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1461cc

Horsepower

:

82kW (110 bhp) / 4000 rpm

Torque

:

260 Nm / 1750 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) EDC

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

13.2sec

Top Speed

:

184km/h

Fuel consumption

:

25 km/L

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