In-depth Reviews

Renault Scenic MPV (2016-2019) - Engines, drive & performance

Handling of the Renault Scenic has been improved compared to the old model

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.5 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

It’s pleasing to find the good driving manners that characterise recent Renaults are also a feature of the latest Scenic. It’s near enough the same weight as the previous generation Mk3 model and that was no lightweight – but it still has an agile, composed demeanour, with precise, responsive steering.

Body lean is well controlled by the suspension and the wide spacing between the wheels helps the car to stand tall in corners. When handling limits are reached, though, the Scenic behaves less tidily than the Megane, with less grip and softer suspension than its hatchback cousin.

Within those limits, though, it handles well, no doubt helped by those massive 20-inch wheels, which have been developed in conjunction with the suspension on the new car.

Renault Scenic diesel engines

The turbodiesel engine offered in the latest Scenic is a 1.5-litre dCi 120 with a manual gearbox. Performance figures for this new engine haven't been released yet, but it's expected to get from 0-62mph in around 11 seconds.

Petrol engines

A new 1.3-litre petrol engine arrived at the start of 2018, replacing the 1.2-litre TCe. Badged as the TCe 140 model, it produces 138bhp and gets the Scenic from 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds. This engine has been tuned to improve flexibility, with a wider spread of power from low to high revs.

Most Popular

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Best new car deals 2021
Skoda Fabia
Deals
16 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Facelifted 2021 Volkswagen Polo arrives
2021 Volkswagen Polo - front 3/4
Volkswagen Polo
21 Apr 2021

Facelifted 2021 Volkswagen Polo arrives

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks