When Renault offered us the use of their newly launched 2019 GRAND SCENIC BOSE edition, I was hesitant to take up another review with my hectic schedule. However, with 2 newly minted drivers in the family, the older girls were quick to shout, “Let’s give it a try!”
The first thing that struck us was the ultra-modern technology. Yes, we have been rather spoilt with keyless entry on most cars where we simply press the button on the remote control or on our door handle. With Renault’s GRAND SCENIC BOSE, they go one step further, and I don’t have to press anything at all!
The sensors pick up my palm motion around the door handle and it unlocks as I am about to open it! In fact, with the remote control key in my handbag, as I approach the locked car, the side mirrors open up to welcome me. And when I arrive at my destination, I walk away and it locks itself automatically!
That’s the overall feeling we get with this car. You feel pampered. You know it’s been designed to make your life easier. 20 years since Renault invented the world’s first compact MPV, they have never stopped innovating and have pushed frontiers in areas of performance, fuel efficiency and safety.
They move with the times, recognising our busy lifestyles and I really appreciate the little luxurious touches. Over the week, we didn’t even manage to explore all the special features built into the car!
|Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE|
When we entered the car, the feature that captured our attention was the inbuilt BOSE Premium Sound System. We use a BOSE system in our house, so it got the nod of approval from the family. To have it fitted in an MPV was an unexpected bonus!
The 11 high performance speakers strategically positioned around the car made the teens very happy. They immediately plugged into their playlist on their phones, started singing, and that put them in an excellent mood. These days, it’s not easy to get them together on a family outing unless it’s for a good meal or to someplace really fun but with this car, they were happy to go anywhere.
Then I heard them exclaim, “Wow! There are 2 phone outputs for us! Plus 2 more in front for mum and dad.” Loving the well thought-out little details not only for the driver but for the rest of the family as well.
|At the touch of a button|
It also surprised us to see that the GRAND SCENIC BOSE was fitted with solid 20″ sports rims. Not only does it make the MPV look way cooler, but it improves the ride and helps with better fuel economy. Definitely plus points for me.
At the start of the school holidays, we bought Kate a new 2-wheeled bicycle and she was excited to go for a good ride. With the press of a button, she managed to get the seats down and was able to load her bicycle in the boot independently. With the last row fully collapsed, and 2 seats in the middle row down, we had no problems getting in an adult-sized bicycle, Kate’s bicycle and a folded scooter.
Off we went to the Marina Bay area and had a carefree time cycling with the wind in our hair. It really felt like the holidays were upon us.
To be honest, I’m not a car person. For me, a car was simply a vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B. But with the Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE, it seems to be so much more.
They have cleverly balanced practicality and safety with the personal touch, to give the whole family comfort, luxury and the promise of adventure. It even has massage features on the front seats!
|Wheee! Life is great!|
Their cutting-edge technology could be seen in the revolutionary multimedia system with voice control and drag and drop functions, to name a few. I love how we were able to customise the profiles for the 4 of us. Depending on who was driving, all we had to do was to select our own profile on the touchscreen tablet and the driver’s seat would move into our desired position and individual driving mode selected.
For the hubs, the first consideration he has for MPVs (or most cars for that matter!) is the performance of the car. As we regularly have a full load of people and the fact that MPVs are heavy, the car needs to have enough power so it doesn’t crawl up a slope.
He likes it on Sports Mode to optimise the performance, while I prefer to put it on ECO Mode, which is better for fuel consumption and keeps environmental footprint to the minimum.
Apparently, Renault’s GRAND SCENIC BOSE has unrivalled fuel efficiency and the friendly Marketing lady even challenged me to finish the full tank of petrol over the week. We were astonished to see that there was still more than half a tank of petrol despite us going out to several different events everyday!
|Large touchscreen interface|
It’s no surprise that the New Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE has been clinching awards such as “Best 7-Seater MPV” from the 2017 ST-Torque Awards and “Best MPV 2017” from the UK Car of the Year Award, and emerging as the ultimate Reader’s Choice in The Straits Times 2017 Car of the Year.
I’ve grown quite attached to it, and love the Carmine Red model I’ve been driving around.
|Family fun and antics!|
Buying a Renault was never on our radar but I have to say we were impressed by the experience. Check it out for yourselves and go for a test drive. You will be as awed as we were!
The All-New Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE is retailing from $133,999 while the standard variant of the GRAND SCENIC is retailing from $113,999.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.