Masses of cabin room, superb long distance cruiser, strong dCi engines
Can be expensive to buy, seats don't fold flat, sheer size makes it tricky to manoeuvre
The Grand Espace is the longer-wheelbase version of Renault's best-selling people carrier. It's essentially the same as the standard model and shares the same driving characteristics, engine line-up and specification levels. Like the standard model, it has folding and removable seats, lots of clever storage bins and can carry seven people - but you get a few extra inches for extra luggage and passenger room.
There are some good diesel engines available including the relatively economical 2.0-litre dCi, but the thirsty petrols are best avoided.