In terms of pricing, the Scenic competes with the Ford C-Max and Citroën C4 Picasso. 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 Grand Scenic instead.
The 1.6-litre diesels are competitive on tax and emissions regardless of whether you go for the manual or higher-powered auto. Better still is the 1.5-litre diesel, which cuts CO2 emissions to just 100g/km. Business users will be most interested in the Hybrid Assist model that manages CO2 emissions of just 92g/km. The new 1.3-litre petrol models are less impressive, with both achieving 122g/km.
All but entry-level Expression+ models get sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and electrically folding rear seats. The top two models get bigger touchscreens with a Bose sound system and a reversing camera, but they look pricey. Renault came in just below average on our latest reliability survey, so it’s handy that you get a four-year/100,000-mile warranty.
All Scenics get automatic emergency braking as standard, while a fatigue alert system is available from Dynamique Nav trim 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 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 Scenic five out of five for guarding against being stolen and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
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