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By Peter Burgess
14 December 2007 10:00
You have to hand it to Renault. After the success of the original Espace, it didn’t sit on its laurels. The Scenic that followed had an even greater impact and had the kudos of being a truly original concept (the Espace owed more than a little something to Chrysler) while the Kangoo was designed as both a van and a car and is a massive success at the budget end of the market. With long wheelbase versions of the both the Espace and Scenic offering even more space, it was only a mater of time before the Modus got “Granded”.
It did well when it was launched in 2004, but it then took the double hit of an increased number of rivals of which several were noticeably roomier. Since the Modus we have had the Meriva, Fiat Idea, and of course, the Modus platform-sharing Nissan Note. Even Ford’s miserable Fusion offers a packaging advantage over the Renault. There’s also the point that this market segment hasn’t taken off in the same way as it did for the Scenic. Even now just on in six supermini sales are mini MPV, with Fiat quietly dropping the Idea from its UK line up.
The big deal here is – no surprise – the extra length. Renault has added 160mm to the body, both by extending the wheelbase and adding more to the back end. But it’s not the anticipated direct lift of the Note’s underbody, for the Modus’s wheelbase is still 25mm less. There’s an extra set of windows along the side behind the rear doors and the tailgate it curvier which also adds to the luggage capacity in the regular Modus, which gets a facelift at the same time.
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Renault Grand Modus 1.2 TCE 100 (2007) CAR review
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RE: Renault Grand Modus 1.2 TCE 100 (2007) CAR review
At the same time as "granding" the Modus, Renault spoiled the sidelgass graphics with some daft black paint around the mirrors, they dumbed down the headlamps and did the same to the tail-lamps. The original was far better. Incidentally, in 2004 Gavin Green gave the Modus thumbs up, especially for its ride quality which he likened to a Citroen Light 15 (if memory serves).
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