Renault Scenic MPV
Price £21,085 - £23,525
- 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 is beginning to feel its age, but it still offers good value and practicality for families.”
The current version of the Renault Scenic has been around for seven years now and despite a mid-life facelift in 2013, it's starting to feel dated next to people-carrier rivals. While it's well priced and reasonably practical, the Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-MAX and Volkswagen Golf SV are more modern and efficient MPVs that are likely to retain more of their value when it's time to sell or trade in.
To give the Renault Scenic its due, though, its interior is still spacious and versatile, with three ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the rear, together with individually folding and sliding seats. The seats are all mounted higher than a conventional hatchback's, which means you and your passengers all get a good view out.
Renault offers the Scenic with two petrol and two diesel engines. The petrols are both 1.2-litres, producing 113 and 128bhp. Both manage 45.6mpg fuel economy and emit 140g/km of CO2, meaning they cost £130 a year in road tax.
If you cover more than about 12,000 miles a year or are a company-car driver, one of the diesels might suit you better. The 1.5-litre has 108bhp and returns 68.9mpg, while it's liable for just 19% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax and £20 a year road tax thanks to its low 105g/km CO2 emissions. We recommend the 1.6-litre diesel, though: its 64.2mpg and 114g/km CO2 (for a £30 road tax bill) means it's still economical, but the extra power available makes it easier to live with, particularly on motorways.
The Scenic is available in just two trim levels: Dynamique Nav and Limited Nav. All Scenics come as standard with sat nav, LED daytime running lights and keyless entry, as well as dual-zone climate control, tables for the rear passengers, rear sunblinds and cruise control. The high-specification Limited Nav also has rear parking sensors, power-folding door mirrors and a panoramic sunroof.
In terms of reliability, the Scenic fared reasonably (if not exceptionally) well in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, coming 78th out of 200 cars, while Renault's seventh-place ranking out of 32 carmakers indicates a strong improvement in reliability.
Despite it being quite an old car, the Scenic should be pretty safe. While Euro NCAP only tested the larger Renault Grand Scenic in 2009, this received the full five stars at the time. The standard Scenic has a good list of safety equipment, including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and 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 the Renault Scenic is quiet on the move
The Renault Scenic has a hugely practical interior that’s perfect for families
The Renault Scenic promises to be both reliable and safe