For The Renault Grand Scenic is a compact MPV with reasonable room in all three rows (if you’re prepared to compromise in each of them). Quality is strong, too, while equipment levels are decent and it's good to drive.
Against The Grand Scenic's middle row of seats don’t fold into the floor, limiting practicality. They’re heavy and awkward to remove and refit, too. The ride is a little firm and rear visibility when parking isn’t great.
The Renault Grand Scenic is a seven-seat MPV that’s strong on quality, good to drive and comes with a range of efficient engines. It falls short of the ultimate practicality of the Citroën C4 Grand Picasso and the ride isn’t quite as plush.
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There’s reasonable choice with the Renault Grand Scenic range. For the best balance of abilities, we’d recommend one of the diesels. The 109bhp 1.5 diesel will be fine for most - it provides reasonably perky performance and decent refinement, and the version with stop-start also boasts some of the best figures in the class for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. If you want more grunt, though, the 1.6 diesel is also a peach.
There's less choice with trim, though, because there’s only one available. It’s called Dynamique TomTom, and it comes with all sorts of goodies including satellite-navigation, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and automatic lights and wipers. Renault’s always punting out high-value special editions, too, so it’s always worth browsing the company’s website to see what’s on offer before you buy. Renault also offers low (and interest-free) finance packages, and the Scenic also comes with four years worth of warranty, servicing and roadside assistance as standard.
We may prefer the dCi 130 engine, but it's too expensive. This cheaper dCi 110 model is much more affordable - and the pick of the range.