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Renault Grand Scenic MPV (2009-2016) - MPG, running costs & CO2

Efficient diesels and four-year warranty make the Grand Scenic affordable to run, but resale values are weak

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The Renault Grand Scenic is cheaper to buy than a number of its rivals, especially given its efficiency and the amount of equipment you get. The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso can return even better mpg, but costs more with sat nav; the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer costs the same but is less efficient; while a Kia Carens with sat nav returns just 44mpg. Renault’s four-year warranty beats most manufacturers’, while generous dealer discounts make up for the car’s weak residual values somewhat.

Renault Grand Scenic MPG AND CO2

The Grand Scenic is almost as efficient as the five-seat model. The 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel engine can return 68.9mpg, and at 105g/km its CO2 emissions translate to just £20 annual road tax.

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The cost of tax goes up by £10 for the more powerful 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel, which can still manage 64.2mpg. It costs £1,000 more than the 1.5-litre but it will make life much easier if you regularly travel with six other adults on board or spend a lot of time on the motorway.

Although they can't match the diesels, the turbocharged Grand Scenic petrol engines are still reasonably efficient. The less powerful 115 1.2-litre can return 46.3mpg and emits 135g/km of CO2, so road tax is reasonable £130 per year.

The faster 130 TCe doesn’t make much sense, as it manages only 44.1mpg, while the cheapest Grand Scenic is the least sensible: the 1.6-litre 110 petrol engine returns just 36.7mpg and its 178g/km of CO2 bumps road tax up to £225 per annum.

The automatic gearbox available with the 1.5-litre diesel engine saps nine mpg from the car’s fuel economy and puts up road tax from £20 to £110.

All Grand Scenics meet the minimum Euro V emissions standards. Renault says the diesels’ soot filter can clean itself at speeds as low as 8-13mph, which makes the Grand Scenic more feasible for urban drivers than rivals.

Renault Grand Scenic insurance group

Most Grand Scenic models inhabit insurance group 19. The 1.6-litre 130 dCi will be the most expensive to insure, as it’s currently in group 24.

Renault Grand Scenic warranty

All Renault cars come with a competitive four-year warranty that includes unlimited mileage in the first two years; after this a cumulative total of 100,000 miles applies to the overall cover.

Renault Grand Scenic servicing

Renault offers a reasonable £159 fixed price for basic servicing. Its service plans aren’t so impressive, however, shaving just a few pounds of the price over two or three services.

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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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