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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