What is it?
You'd be forgiven for thinking we were having you on, but the Grandis actually drives really well. It sits lower than most MPVs, meaning it doesn't roll much, and the steering is sharp and fairly communicative.
The downside to the Grandis's agility is a certain stiffness in the ride. There's also a fair bit of vibration and tyre noise at speed which makes long distances harder work than they should be in something this big.
On the inside
There are two engines to choose from, neither of which is a sure fire winner. Both petrol and diesel take around 11 seconds to see off 60mph, but the slightly noisy diesel at least can provide dramatically superior fuel economy.
In the inherently uncool world of the large MPV the Grandis at least looks the part. And the fact that it's half-decent to drive gives it another edge over the usual mumsy fair out there.