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

The Renault Scenic is at its best fitted with a frugal diesel engine

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Whichever engine you choose, the Renault Scenic should be pretty cheap to run. Going for a diesel Scenic (as most buyers do) ensures maximum economy, though, and also gives you a more relaxed driving experience.

Renault Scenic MPG & CO2

The dCi 110 and dCi 130 diesel engines make the most sense in a car like the Renault Scenic, thanks to their decent fuel economy and reasonable performance. Most economical is the dCi 110, which can return 68.9mpg and has low CO2 emissions of 105g/km for road tax of just £20 a year. There’s a welcome boost in performance with the more powerful dCi 130 diesel. Road tax is still cheap for this engine, at £30 a year, while it can return fuel economy of 64.2mpg.

The two petrols are both modern 1.2-litres, offering reasonable fuel economy. The less powerful TCe 115 and the more powerful TCe 130 both return 45.6mpg and emit 140g/km of CO2 for a £130 road tax bill. The figures are the same, because although more powerful engines tend to have poorer fuel economy and higher emissions, the 128bhp TCe 130 doesn’t have to work as hard as the TCe 115, meaning it’s equally efficient.

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Unfortunately, the Scenic doesn't hold its value very well on the used market, with most models dipping below 35% of their original price after three years or 36,000 miles of ownership.

Insurance

Insuring your Renault Scenic will cost more than covering a Citroen C4 Picasso. The entry-level Citroen sits in insurance group 14, while the Renault Scenic doesn’t fall below insurance group 18.

Warranty

Renault offers a decent warranty with the Scenic, covering the car for four years or 100,000 miles, which is better than Ford’s three-year/60,000-mile cover and just a year off Hyundai’s five-year/100,000-mile plan.

Servicing

The first-year service for a Renault Scenic is a 'cabin service', costing £59; the second is an ‘intermediate service’ (£129); the third year is a cabin service (£59) plus brake fluid (£39); and the four year is another intermediate service at £129, plus a £29 air-filter change and £69 diesel-filter change. The effect is that some sort of service or attention is required every year or every 18,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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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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