The din generated under acceleration is exacerbated by wider shortcomings in the Grand Scenic’s rolling refinement.
This is a car that rides with a slightly clumsy sense of determination rather than discernibly well.
Perhaps that was inevitable on such large wheels, although the car’s dynamic character feels recognisably ‘Renault’ at the same time. It is nonetheless a hospitable and athletic-feeling car.
The primary ride, bolstered by the vague feeling of stiffness emanating from each corner, is firm but essentially well managed.
Admirable structural integrity contributes to a sense of nonchalant agility in the Scenic’s change of direction, making it seem likeably spry and agile through its moderately quick steering in a way not guaranteed by many of its MPV rivals.
However, it doesn’t take a significant bump to expose a fair amount of unwanted brittleness in the chassis.