Renault Scenic review

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

In terms of pricing, the Scenic competes with the Ford C-Max and Citroën C4 Spacetourer. It’s slightly cheaper than the more premium and better-equipped BMW 2 Series Active Tourer but more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf SV. It is significantly cheaper than the seven-seat Volkswagen Touran, although if you’re considering that you’ll probably want to look at the seven-seat Grand Scenic instead.

All but entry-level Play models get sat-nav, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring comes as standard on all models. Top Signature trim gains a larger 8.7in touchscreen (over the Play and Iconic’s 7.0in system), along with a Arkamys stereo, but it’s ultimately too expensive to recommend.

Renault came in just below average in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, but the brand's five-year warranty should bring peace of mind. There’s no mileage limit for the first two years, but a 100,000 limit applies thereafter. Renault also provides three years (or 60,000 miles) of roadside assistance cover. 

This beats the three-year warranties of most rivals and equals Toyota’s five-year/100,000 mile warranty, but isn’t quite as generous as Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited mileage policy or Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile package.

All Scenics get automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard, lane departure warning and forward collision warning, as standard. Rear parking sensors are also standard on the base car, but if you want front and rear parking sensors and a rear camera, you need to step up to range-topping Signature.

That said, even the entry-level Scenic 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.

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

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Renault Scenic

Overview

The Renault Scenic is stylish, well made and cheap to run, but it's not as spacious as some rival MPVs

  • Cheap to run
  • Excellent safety performance
  • Well equipped
  • Not much rear room
  • Could be more comfortable
  • Baffling infotainment menus

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