Two engines are available in the Grand Voyager but it's the 2.8-litre CRD diesel which is the main seller. With 163bhp and decent pulling power it provides reasonable performance with a 0-62mph time of 12.8 seconds - impressive considering the Grand Voyager weighs two tonnes. Fuel economy could be better though, with an average of just 30mpg. The engine also sounds a little noisy on start-up, but thanks to decent noise insulation and a smooth nature, it's not intrusive in the cabin.
The other choice is a 3.8-litre V6 but despite it's large size, it only produces 190bhp and is barely any quicker then the diesel while a thirsty 22mpg means there's little point choosing it over the CRD. All cars come with a smooth six-speed automatic gearbox as standard which is happier when it's not rushed.
Large people carriers often sacrifice agility for comfort and the Grand Voyager is no exception. It struggles to retain composure when hurried on twisty roads, so it's best to keep to more relaxed speeds. It is also difficult to gauge how much steering is needed when rounding tighter curves - often requiring about more turns of the steering wheel than you might expect.
On the plus side, body roll is kept well in check considering its size and weight and the ride quality is very good, soaking up potholes with minimal fuss. It's an excellent motorway cruiser too, even when fully loaded.
There has been a noticeable step up in the quality feel of the interior of this car compared with the last Grand Voyager, and while it doesn't have the design flair of a Renault Grand Espace or the solid feel of a Volkswagen Caravelle, it feels fairly robust and controls are easy to use. It’s still not perfect though – some of the plastics feel a little brittle, it's cramped and the wood trim on top models is naff.
There’s also still no reach adjustment on the steering wheel, but there are improvements - a neat floor mounted shifter replaces the ugly column change, the layout is more attractive and overall it feels better built.
All passengers have plenty of room in the Grand Voyager - the middle row has two individual chairs and the third row is a 60:40 split bench. Models with the optional Swivel 'n Go seating get two Captain's chairs in place of the three in the second row. These are hugely comfortable and have a real luxury feel to them. The rearmost seats offer decent room and access is good, but for longer journeys they're really only suited for children and teenagers.
However this row does offer more room than most seven-seat people carriers. Air conditioning is fitted as standard across the range while the stiff body means there’s minimal vibration in the cabin, even over rough roads.