The Renault Scenic is Renault's rival to the Ford C-MAX and Citroen C4 Picasso. Thanks to a cleverly packaged interior, the Renault Scenic remains quite small on the outside, making it very easy to drive. However, the Renault Scenic's real strength is its well thought out interior, which has five generously sized seats and a decent boot. For buyers after a little extra boot space and an extra pair of seats, Renault also offers a longer Renault Grand Scenic version.
- Practical interior
- Good value for money
- Five and seven-seat options
- Poor resale values
- Starting to feel dated compared rivals
- Basic petrol engine feels underpowered
The Renault Scenic is a force to be reckoned with on UK roads. It's not the newest car in the compact MPV class, yet it remains one of the best. It offers the versatility of a people carrier in a more compact package, so it's easier to drive around town. It's thoughtfully designed inside as well as being very comfortable. Thanks to a recent facelift, the five-seat interior is roomier than ever and build quality has been improved, so it remains a great choice. There's a seven-seat Renault Grand Scenic for growing families, too.
- Generous standard equipment
- Good to drive and travel in
- Solid build quality
- Less practical than rivals
- Not very desirable
- Patchy Renault reliability
The Renault Grand Scenic people carrier makes a good-value choice of seven-seater, thanks to its efficient diesel engines and generous standard equipment, including sat nav and Bluetooth phone connectivity plus automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. A similarly equipped Citroen Grand C4 Picasso or Ford S-MAX would cost you more to buy. The Grand Scenic isn’t quite as versatile as rivals, however.