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Renault Scenic review - Range, charging & running costs

“With a large battery, impressive range and efficient cabin-warming technology, the Scenic has most rivals licked”

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Renault clearly doesn’t want anyone considering the Scenic to experience so-called ‘charging anxiety’, because its launch was focused on its large 87kWh battery pack. Since then, it’s been confirmed that a smaller 60kWh battery is also being offered as a more affordable option. Not only is the 87kWh pack a decent size, it also boasts Renault’s latest battery chemistry and a heat pump, the latter of which is a more efficient way of warming up the cabin on cold days and saving the battery. It’s also been designed to be very light for an EV thanks to an aluminium bonnet and doors which also make use of 80% recycled materials, boosting its eco-friendly credentials even further.

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The result is an impressive 379-mile range, which is way ahead of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.4, which can both manage around 320 miles. The 60kWh version has an official range of around 260 miles, putting it in the ballpark of the Toyota bZ4X and entry-level Ioniq 5.

Charging speeds top out at 150kW for the Renault, and while EVs tend to vary their actual charging rate depending on the temperature and status of the battery, its software is programmed to keep it above 100kW for as long as possible. Plug it in at a motorway rapid charger while you grab a coffee and burger for half an hour, and it should get you another two hours further before you need to stop again.Image removed.

Like all zero-emission models, the Scenic will benefit from the cheapest Benefit-in-Kind rates for company car choosers, free entry into clean air zones like the ULEZ and free VED (road tax) until its rule change in 2025.
 

Model 

Battery size

Range

Renault Scenic E-Tech EV60 170

60kWh

260 miles

Renault Scenic E-Tech EV87 220

87kWh

379 miles

How efficient is the Renault Scenic in the real world

Following a drive of around three hours and mostly motorway driving, our Scenic test car managed an efficiency figure of 3.8 miles/kWh, which equates to a range of around 330 miles. It’s an impressive result given that higher speeds tend to whittle down an EVs range more quickly, and we were using the air-conditioning to keep the cabin cool. 

What will the Renault Scenic cost to insure?

Pricey and complex electric SUVs tend to cost quite a bit to insure, with models like the Tesla Model Y sitting in groups in the 40s out of just 50 in total. The Volkswagen ID.4 is somewhat better in this regard, in groups 20-30, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 spans up to group 44 for the large battery, all-wheel drive version. The Renault Scenic fares pretty well here, spanning groups from 28 with the smaller battery to 32 for the range-topper.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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