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Thankfully, the Grand doesn’t offer a van-like driving experience. You sit high, with excellent visibility, in large comfortable chairs. The steering is light, but reasonably accurate, and overall the Grand is surprisingly wieldy for such a big thing.

There are many things that make the Grand Voyager a relaxing car to drive over long distances. There are its large and widely adjustable front seats, its decent driving position, its well-sited steering wheel with wheel-mounted controls, and its decent all-round visibility.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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In wet conditions the Grand Voyager finds good traction and resisting aquaplaning

The icing on the cake would be a cosseting, adeptly damped ride and excellent sound absorption. Does it have them? Not quite. The Grand Voyager marries a ride that feels soft enough at low speeds with one that is never quite settled, either. The primary ride is soft, and all the better for it, although ridges and potholes do tend to send tremors through the bodyshell.

Raise the speed and the Grand Voyager is entirely stable, capable of straight-lining in a relaxed manner for hours at a time, and its steering, at 3.1 turns lock to lock, requires only the smallest and most intuitive of corrections.

Although it lacks the sharpness of a Ford Galaxy, the Grand Voyager actually handles very respectably. It steers accurately and goes around corners with quite a well-contained roll rate.

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And so long as you’re in no hurry, the drive is okay. Be in no doubt that a Ford Galaxy is a far, far better steer, but the Voyager’s ride seems smooth enough to live with everyday and you could comfortably cover very long distances.

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