Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Initially available from 2001 with a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine boasting 175bhp. It comes with a four-speed automatic transmission activated by a steering column-mounted selector. The diesel originally available in 2001 was a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which was only available with a manual transmission. While it carried the Grand Voyager along at the same relaxed tempo as the V6 petrol engine, the gearchange was awkward.

Matters improved in 2004 when this engine was replaced with a slightly more powerful 2.8-litre diesel which comes only with an automatic transmission. This makes the Grand Voyager a little quicker than with the petrol engine. With 265lb-ft of torque at 2100rpm, the diesel is pretty reponsive and the four-speed auto is rarely caught out when you need more speed.

Not a great handling car, even for a large people carrier, with vague steering and significant body roll. The front tyres also run out of grip occasionally in faster bends if you have to press on, so it’s best driven in a more relaxed manner. The ride is fairly comfortable and makes travelling long distances in the car pretty easy on all the occupants.