The Renault Grand Modus was released as the company’s response to the Nissan Note. Compared to the standard Modus model, the Grand variation features larger boot capacity but a similar cabin size. The Grand Modus would readily appeal to parents in need of a family car. The older market will appreciate its easy access, general practicality, and elevated driving position. The engine choice isn’t as diverse as other models, but the best of its range includes the 1.5 DCi. Safety features and additional storage solutions are other upsides to this model. Read on to find out what the Renault Grand Modus has to offer on the road.
The Renault Grand Modus’ entry-level engine is the 1.2-litre unit at 75bhp; this beginner model takes 13.7 seconds to arrive at 62mph from standstill. The 1.2 Turbo engine is much livelier at 100bhp but it doesn’t offer much of a difference in terms of rev and driving along open roads. The 1.6-litre petrol unit at 111bhp is paired with a four-speed automatic gearbox, but the diesel comes as a smarter choice due to its longer distance capability. The diesel unit is available at either 86 or 106bhp, both of which can go into low revs with minimal noise. Plus the diesels boast of a 63mpg fuel economy.
Safety and security is the Grand Modus’ priority, guaranteeing drivers and passengers an assured and easy feeling as they drive. Corner turns are done accurately and a sense of accomplishment is arrived at any speed. Bumpy roads aren’t a problem and the general ride quality a big improvement from the standard Modus model. Parking is not a problem thanks to the car’s light power steering.
The cabin is generally spacious, providing adequate leg, head, and elbow room up front. Drivers will have no problems settling in their seat and long drives won’t be uncomfortable as the seat provides enough support. A quiet ride is also promised at whatever speed you’re on as all forms of road noise are generally minimized from inside. But expect some noise from the engine during revs.
Boot size is adequate enough for several suitcases or your weekly grocery bags. Folding down the rear seats or pushing them forward behind the front seats can transport larger items.
Unfortunately the Grand Modus’ body roll is sharp along country bends and when you have to face a tight turning circle. The cabin generally has a nice finish and the dashboard clearly lays out the necessary instruments. You can also readily adjust the steering wheel and driver’s seat according to your height. But rear visibility tends to be limited due to their thick size and small rear window.
The Grand Modus is a huge and welcome improvement from the standard Modus model. If you’re looking for an upgrade in terms of capacity and capability, then this model is a smart move. It’s especially practical for anyone looking to transport large groups or several family members daily. Engine choices are limited but each petrol and diesel unit has its own merits.
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