Renault Scenic MPV
Price £20,555 - £22,995
- Well equipped
- Versatile interior
- Excellent value for money
- Poor residuals
- Feels dated next to rivals
- Doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability
At a glance
“The Renault Scenic may be feeling its age, but it’s still a versatile and good-value family car.”
The Renault Scenic has been around for a while now and it's beginning to feel its age. While it's still a versatile and good-value family car, it's been overtaken by some newer rivals. Cars such as the Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-MAX and Volkswagen Golf SV all feel much more up to date and can be cheaper to run, too – especially when you factor in resale value.
It's not all bad news, though. The interior is still spacious and versatile – there are three ISOFIX child-seat mounts on the back row, for example – and all the seats fold and slide independently of one another. All these seats are set a little higher than in a standard hatchback, which means the driver, passengers and kids in the back all get a great view.
Under the bonnet, there's a choice of two turbocharged 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, producing 113 and 128bhp respectively. These each return 45.6mpg and emit 123g/km of CO2, meaning that they’ll cost £130 a year to tax.
If you do lots of miles, or are a company-car driver, then one of the two diesels might suit you better. There's a 108bhp 1.4-litre and a 128bhp 1.6-litre – the former being the cheapest to run. It manages 68.9mpg and has CO2 emissions of 105g/km, which means it’ll cost £20 a year to tax and it sits in the 19% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax bracket. The more powerful one is our favourite, however, as it won’t cost that much more to run – it returns 64.2mpg and emits 114g/km of CO2 – and feels much stronger and smoother than the 1.4-litre.
There are two trim levels available: Dynamique Nav, which comes with sat nav, LED daytime running lights and keyless entry, and Limited Nav. This more expensive version gets rear parking sensors, power-folding door mirrors and a panoramic sunroof. On top of these features, both models get dual-zone climate control, tables for the rear passengers, rear sunblinds and cruise control.
You can also get the rugged Renault Scenic XMOD, which has a slightly raised ride height and a clever traction-control system that improves grip in slippery conditions, making it capable of some light off-roading. There are also some exterior additions, including roof rails and black plastic cladding, to give the XMOD a tougher appearance. It doesn’t cost any more than the standard car to buy or to run, so we’d recommend this version with the more powerful diesel engine in entry-level Dynamique Nav trim.
Even though it's a reasonably old car, the Scenic should still be pretty safe, as you get safety equipment such as automatic lights and wipers, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, as well as a host of airbags.
The Renault Scenic is at its best fitted with a frugal diesel engine
It drives better than you’d expect, but the Renault Scenic is no sports car
There’s lots of room for passengers and all Scenics are quiet on the move
The Renault Scenic has a hugely practical interior that’s perfect for families
After an impressive showing last year, the Renault Scenic has tumbled down our Driver Power 2014 rankings