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.