Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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.