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Renault Grand Scenic review

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Renault Grand Scenic
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19 Sep 2016 07:57 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:36

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Grand Scenic is pricier than the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and comparable to the Volkswagen Touran. That said, it comes with a high level of standard equipment. Business users will be most interested in the Hybrid Assist model that manages CO2 emissions of just 92g/km. Even the regular 1.5 dCi manages 100g/km with a manual gearbox.

The 1.6 diesels are slightly more expensive to tax, but are still competitive, whereas the new petrol models are altogether less impressive, with both achieving 124g/km. All models get basics such as dual-zone climate control, a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auto lights and wipers, plus automatic emergency braking.

All but entry-level Expression+ models get sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and electrically folding seats in the second and third rows. The top two models gain a larger touchscreen with a Bose stereo but start to get very expensive. Renault came in just below average in our latest reliability survey, so it’s handy that you get a four-year/100,000-mile warranty. It’s also worth noting that the Grand Scenic loses value faster than the Grand C4 Picasso and Touran.

All Grand Scenics get automatic emergency braking as standard, while a fatigue alert system is available from Dynamique Nav and above. For more advanced systems such as lane-keeping assist, you’ll need to fork out for the safety pack.

That said, even the entry-level Scenic (the Grand Scenic was not tested separately) scored well in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2016, gaining a full five stars and performing particularly well in the adult and child occupant protection categories (scoring 90% and 82% respectively).

Security experts Thatcham Research awarded the Grand Scenic five out of five for guarding against being stolen and four out of five for resisting being broken into.

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Verdict

The Renault Grand Scenic is good-looking and well equipped, but it's not as comfortable or spacious as some rivals

  • Competitive running costs
  • Excellent crash test results
  • Strong diesel engines
  • Rear-seat space limited
  • Rivals more comfortable
  • Fiddly infotainment
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