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Renault Grand Scenic MPV (2016-2020) - MPG, running costs & CO2

Affordable running costs, but the innovative diesel hybrid is no longer available

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3.9 out of 5

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4.3 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

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As a family car, the Renault Grand Scenic has to have running costs that are at least competitive with its rivals. The range of engines was reduced in October 2018, but the remaining diesel and petrol engines should be relatively easy on the wallet. Renault’s extensive UK dealer network means maintenance shouldn’t be difficult or expensive, either.

Renault Grand Scenic MPG & CO2

All petrol and diesel Grand Scenics cost £140 a year to tax after the CO2-weighted first-year payment. Even if you get very busy with the options list, you won’t break the surcharge threshold for vehicles over £40,000.

Unsurprisingly, the Grand Scenic diesel is the most economical. The Blue dCi 120 comes fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and can return 57.7mpg, while emissions of 129g/km place it in the 30% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band for company-car drivers.

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Choose the TCe 140 petrol alternative and fuel-efficiency slips to 45.6mpg but you'll save around £2,000 on the purchase price. CO2 emissions are slightly higher at 141g/km, but lower BiK bands for petrols means it sits in the 29% bracket.

We'd recommend the petrol to most drivers but there's likely to be little difference in overall running costs, and the diesel is likely to appeal to long-distance drivers or anyone planning to fill all seven seats or tow a trailer on a regular basis.

Warranty

All new Renaults are covered by a five-year warranty. The first two years have unlimited mileage, but during the whole of the five years, the car must not have covered more than 100,000 miles. This is on a par with Hyundai and Toyota, and Renault customers also have access to UK roadside assistance for the first three years. Citroen, Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty offerings are less impressive in comparison.

Servicing

The Renault Grand Scenic needs maintenance every year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. Renault offers an EasyLife Pack that takes care of servicing for the first three years or 30,000 miles, for £300.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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