Sometime along life’s road, there comes a fork when things change. When you take as much satisfaction from a smooth transition from six- to seven-seat mode as you do from the race from six to seven on the tacho. When rear packaging matters more than rear-wheel drive. When adaptable cabin storage assumes greater import than adaptive damping. Sigh.
At which point we could recommend you an MPV. The new Renault Grand Scenic is most agreeable. But more and more people stick their fingers in their ears when they hear that sort of advice. Cars overtly designed for big families are going fast in one direction only. Out of fashion. No, the big family cars people actually want are the ones that look like 4x4s for the free-roaming outdoorsy buyer – virility symbols. As opposed to MPVs which are evidence of proven virility.
Images: Mark Riccioni
This feature was originally published in issue 290 of Top Gear magazine