Review

Renault Grand Scenic MPV

Price  £20,585 - £24,115

Renault Grand Scenic MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Good to drive and travel in
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Less practical than rivals
  • Not very desirable
  • Patchy Renault reliability

At a glance

“The Renault Grand Scenic is a great-value people carrier and it’s good to drive, but it’s not as practical as most rivals.”

The Renault Grand Scenic people carrier is just 22cm longer than the standard five-seat Renault Scenic, but this is still enough to fit in two extra seats that pop up from the boot floor. Both cars are in the Scenic model's third generation, which was launched in 2009 and dramatically improved its design over the dowdy previous version. It had facelifts in both 2012 and 2013; in the latter, the front end and dashboard were updated and Renault added more efficient engines to the range.

As with most seven-seaters, the Grand Scenic provides three separate second-row seats that each recline and slide to allow you to adjust the relative amounts of boot space and legroom. The boot is huge with the third-row seats folded and there are plenty of clever storage areas all over the cabin. The third-row seats are pretty cramped, though, so if you need to carry seven adults, look at a Ford Galaxy or SEAT Alhambra instead.

The Grand Scenic's practicality lags behind similarly sized rivals such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Ford S-SMAX in other areas, so its main appeal is its value for money. Choose the 1.5-litre diesel engine for the lowest running costs, as it returns nearly 70mpg and is quick enough for everyday motoring. The 1.6-litre is significantly faster and still returns 64.3mpg, but it's quite a bit pricier to buy.

Dynamique TomTom is the cheaper of the two trim levels, but has everything you’d want, including sat nav, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rear parking sensors, cruise control and automatic lights. For an extra £500, Limited adds a panoramic roof, roof bars and rear parking sensors as standard, but you get fewer options to choose from with this version.

The Grand Scenic has much to crow about when it comes to safety, including a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP, incorporating a 99% score for active safety features.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.1 / 5

Efficient diesels and four-year warranty make the Grand Scenic affordable to run, but resale values are weak

Engines, drive & performance

3 / 5

The Renault Grand Scenic has a high seating position to provide good visibility

Interior & comfort

3.9 / 5

The Renault Grand Scenic is generally comfortable and generously equipped, although its trim levels and options list could be more logical

Practicality & boot space

4.8 / 5

The Renault Grand Scenic could be as practical as the best in class if it were slightly more versatile

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Reliability isn’t a Renault Grand Scenic strong point, but safety is, with a top Euro NCAP crash-test rating and plenty of reassuring features

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
It's hard to fault a car as cleverly designed as the Grand Scenic. Every last inch of interior space serves a purpose, whether it's to increase the legroom or for under-seat storage. But best of all it doesn’t feel like a big car to drive, especially with the energetic 1.4 TCe under the bonnet, and we can only assume the smaller Scenic will be even better when it arrives in July. If only Renault had been bolder with the design, it would surely have a best-seller on its hands.
4 / 5
Renault has a good reputation for making practical yet stylish people carriers and the latest Grand Scenic continues that tradition. It comes with seven seats as standard, while the practical interior is spacious and full of family-friendly features including almost endless amounts of storage. It's also good to drive and extremely refined on longer journeys with a smooth ride and a quiet cabin. Renault doesn't have the greatest reputation for reliability, but the Grand Scenic feels much better built than previous models. It's also very safe with a five-star Euro NCAP rating while generous equipment levels and a range of refined engines help make it one of the best people carriers around.

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