Review: Renault Grand Modus (2008 – 2012)

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Modus stretched 6-inches longer, so more spacious and handles better. 1.5DCI 86 the best engine and 119g/km so cheap tax.

Expensive at list prices. Rear seat is heavy to fold.

Renault Grand Modus (2008 – 2012): At A Glance

I liked the original Modus a lot more than I had expected to. Cute, likeable, practical and a good drive summed it up.

Now Renault has stretched it six and a half inches, which doesn't read like much, but makes a much bigger difference.

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Renault Grand Modus (2008 – 2012): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4034 mm
Width 1709 mm
Height 1586 mm
Wheelbase 2575 mm

Full specifications

Gone is the clever ‘Triptic' rear seat because, with 160mm more wheelbase, the Grand Modus doesn't need its back seat to become narrower to slide backwards and forwards. There's better rear access, too, because the rear doors are also 160mm longer. Combined with the height of the seats and the excellent front access, this makes the Grand Modus ideal for the elderly, or anyone needing good ingress and egress front and back. And, of course, if you slide the seat back you don't lose space in the centre as you do with the ‘Triptic' seat, so the Grand Modus remains a 5-seater.

It's not quite so versatile in the seat folding stakes, though. You can fold down either side of the 60/40 backrest, but to completely free the floorspace you have to unclip the heavy seat sliding mechanism and fold the whole thing forward. That frees up 1,454 litres of loadspace compared to 1,283 in the standard length Modus.


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What's the Renault Grand Modus (2008 – 2012) like to drive?

The obvious engine of choice is the 86PS 1.5 diesel because that comes in at 119g/km, so £35pa VED this year and £30 next year, whether you go for the three-pedal manual or the two-pedal ‘Quickshift'. Next lower emissions is the DCI 106 at 124g/km, so £120 this year down to £90 next year. Next, the 1.2 petrol engines, either non-turbo or turbo and both at 140g/km, so £120 this year down to £110 next year. And finally the 1.6 with ‘proper' 4-speed torque converter automatic at 179g/km, so £170 tax this year and £205 next year.

I think the extra 6 inches makes the grand Modus handle better. It's certainly a lot more grippy and more fun than you'd expect this kind of car to be. Combine that with decent hump absorption, a good seating position, clear instruments and ease of entry and egress and it becomes a pretty good retirement car. On the one hand you can get elderly people in and out easily. On the other you can fold the seats for carting garden rubbish to the tip (or whatever else you need 1,454 litres of loadspace for. It's economical turning in over 60mpg (from the DCI 86). It's cheap to tax. And you can actually enjoy driving it.


Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 16V 48 mpg 13.7 s 138 g/km
1.2 TCe 47 mpg 11.4 s 139 g/km
1.5 dCi 106 60 mpg 11.6 s 124 g/km
1.5 dCi 86 63 mpg 13.4–15.2 s 119 g/km
1.5 dCi 88 69 mpg 11.2 s 107 g/km
1.6 VVT Automatic 37 mpg 12.5 s 179 g/km

Real MPG average for a Renault Grand Modus (2008 – 2012)

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Average performance


Real MPG

28–69 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Renault Grand Modus (2008 – 2012)?

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I'm replacing my Renault Grand Modus soon - is it smart to stick with a diesel or swap to an electric car?

I've owned a Renault Grand Modus for the last 7years. I Iike the car very much, but it's showing it's age. I have £7000 - £10,000 to spend on a used car and I have been offered £1000 for my Modus against a 2016 diesel Renault Scenic, £700 for a 2016 diesel Citroen C3 Picasso and £500-£700 against a 2013 Renault Zoe. I cannot decide which car to buy. My heart says go for the Renault Zoe for the environment, but with the Zoe, it would be the early models with a range of only 100 miles. On the other hand, I could stick to a diesel - which I'm used to. I would appreciate your advice in helping two old codgers (late 70's) who enjoy driving.
It depends on the mileage you do, really. If you mainly do short journeys around town and can charge at home, a Zoe would work a lot better than a diesel. It won't be as practical as the other cars you're looking at, though. I'd avoid a diesel unless you cover high motorway miles. As an alternative, I'd suggest a petrol Honda Jazz. It's very versatile, reliable and cheap to run.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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