Renault Grand Scenic

12 Mar, 2012 2:12pm Paul Bond

We get behind the wheel of the revised seven-seat Grand Scenic


The updated Grand Scenic justifies its place in Renault’s slimmed down range. The 1.6-litre dCi engine really impresses, with strong performance and very low running costs. And the cabin is full of useful cubbies, while the high roofline means you can carry seven in relative comfort. Renault’s new four-year warranty and servicing pack only adds to its appeal.
It's been a tough time recently for Renault in the UK, having been forced to slash its range. But now one of our favourite Renault models has been revamped – the Grand Scenic.

Facelifted for 2012, the seven-seater Scenic now gets a sleeker front grille, LED running lights underneath and smarter gloss black and chrome detailing.

A revised line-up means there’s only one trim level, but Dynamique TomTom comes well equipped, with sat-nav, air-con, Bluetooth and cruise control.

We drove the range-topping 1.6-litre diesel version, which combines 128bhp and 320Nm of torque with low emissions of just 114g/km. Unlike most eco-minded models, the Scenic feels really punchy and very refined, with a comfortable ride.

Vague steering and some body roll in corners mean it’s not as rewarding to drive as a Ford S-MAX or Vauxhall Zafira, but even in this high spec it’s cheaper than both.

As with most MPVs, the Scenic is extremely flexible, with a third row of seats that slide, fold and can even be taken out completely for a maximum 1,863-litre load space. It all adds up to a convincing package that holds more appeal than ever.

Key specs

* Price: £22,725
* Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
* Power: 128bhp
* Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
* 0-60mph: 10.4 seconds
* Top speed: 121mph
* Economy/CO2: 64.2mpg/114g/km
* On sale: Now