For The Scenic is a spacious five-seat MPV with a hardwearing cabin and a big, well-shaped boot. It’s reasonably good to drive and running costs shouldn’t break the bank.
Against The rear seats don’t fold into the floor, limiting practicality. They’re heavy and awkward to remove and refit, too. Renault’s reliability record needs to improve.
A roomy five-seat MPV that’s strong on quality, decent to drive and available with a wide range of efficient engines. It’s not as user-friendly as the best, though.
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There’s reasonable choice with the Scenic range: two petrol engines and two diesels. For the best balance of abilities, we’d recommend the 109bhp 1.5 diesel. 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.
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.
I rented this car on holiday. It was stylish and seemed well made and plush inside, and the dashboard screen looked cool. It combined a smooth ride…
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.