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Renault Scenic MPV (03 - 09) review

(2003 - 2009)
Renault Scenic MPV (03 - 09)
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Which used Renault Scenic MPV should I buy?

The best all-rounder is the 1.9 dCi turbodiesel with either 118bhp or 128bhp. It remains quiet at speed, copes with a full load and delivers impressive fuel economy.

Of the other diesels, the 85bhp 1.5 dCi diesel is frugal but slow, while the 105bhp 1.9 dCi is a good bet if you can't stretch to one of the more powerful versions.

As for petrol engines, the 1.4-litre (Scenic only) and 1.6-litre (both models) can feel underpowered when the family is on board or on steep inclines. However, the 2.0 pulls well and, if that still isn't enough, there's an even stronger 2.0 turbocharged model.

Picking between the two body styles is difficult, too. But, overall, we just prefer the longer Grand for its seven seats and more supple ride, although we wouldn't feel hard done by with a five-seat Scenic.

If you're buying one of the smaller engined models, avoid the Authentique models, which miss out on air-con. Instead, go for Expression, which gives the best value (air-con, four electric windows, CD player, automatic headlights and wipers), although Dynamic runs it close. Privilege trim is the top spec, but not worth the cost.

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Which used Renault Scenic MPV should I buy?

The best all-rounder is the 1.9 dCi turbodiesel with either 118bhp or 128bhp. It remains quiet at speed, copes with a full load and delivers impressive fuel economy.

Of the other diesels, the 85bhp 1.5 dCi diesel is frugal but slow, while the 105bhp 1.9 dCi is a good bet if you can't stretch to one of the more powerful versions.

As for petrol engines, the 1.4-litre (Scenic only) and 1.6-litre (both models) can feel underpowered when the family is on board or on steep inclines. However, the 2.0 pulls well and, if that still isn't enough, there's an even stronger 2.0 turbocharged model.

Picking between the two body styles is difficult, too. But, overall, we just prefer the longer Grand for its seven seats and more supple ride, although we wouldn't feel hard done by with a five-seat Scenic.

If you're buying one of the smaller engined models, avoid the Authentique models, which miss out on air-con. Instead, go for Expression, which gives the best value (air-con, four electric windows, CD player, automatic headlights and wipers), although Dynamic runs it close. Privilege trim is the top spec, but not worth the cost.

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