The Renault Scenic continues to set the standard in the compact MPV market it created back in the nineties. It’s sold as a standard five-seater and a seven-seater Grand Scenic, and scores with its mixture of practicality and efficiency.
The range has been pared back to a single Dynamique TomTom spec on both versions – complete with sat-nav, air-con, electric windows and cruise control, plus six airbags, ESP and Isofix child seat mountings. Engine options are limited to entry-level 1.6 and punchy turbocharged 1.2-litre petrols, plus 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesels. The 1.5 dCi with stop-start is the most efficient choice, with fuel consumption of 68.9mpg, while its 105g/km CO2 emissions mean road tax costs just £20 a year.
Whichever engine you choose, you get a spacious and flexible interior. The rear row of seats (the middle row in the Grand) slides back and forth, while the clever layout gives a maximum boot size of 1,837 in the Scenic or 1,863 litres in the Grand Scenic. All models have long 18,000-mile service intervals, too.