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 scores with its mixture of practicality and efficiency.
The range has been pared back to a single Renault Scenic Dynamique TomTom spec, 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 slides back and forth, while the clever layout gives a maximum boot size of 1,837 litres. All models have long 18,000-mile service intervals, too.
The Scenic line-up was revised earlier this year to include a new XMOD crossover version along with the Renault Scenic and the seven-seater Grand. The new Renault XMOD is available as a five or seven-seater. Prices for the new MPV start at £19,155 for five seats or £20,355 for seven.