Quarter final 2
Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
EntrantsWINNER: Renault Scenic (£14,703-£23,637) Our choice: 1.5 dCi 106 Dynamique TomTom
RUNNER-UP: VW Golf Estate (£17,200-£23,580) Our choice: 2.0 TDI 140 SE
The second of our quarter finals is another MPV versus estate match-up – only this time it’s on a larger scale. Renault’s Scenic and VW’s Golf Estate are both based on mainstream family hatches, so which one takes the win?
When it comes to style, there’s little between them. The VW has the advantage of a lower roofline, which gives it a sportier silhouette, but the German model is understated to the point of being boring. The neat rear lights of the Golf hatch have vanished, and so has any hint of visual flair.
In contrast, the upright Scenic is full of unusual touches. Its distinctive boomerang-shaped rear light clusters and smooth nose are more likely to catch your attention in the car park.
The Renault really begins to apply the pressure when you look inside.
Its quirky, practical interior includes digital centre-mounted instruments, and three independent rear seats. They slide, fold and can be removed completely, depending on how much passenger and luggage space you need. Even with them in place, there’s still 522 litres of room. When folded, load space increases to 1,637 litres.
Switch to the Golf, and things are more conventional. It has a decent 505-litre boot capacity, but its rear seats don’t slide, and the undeniably classy interior lacks the family-friendly imagination of its MPV rival.
On the road, the lower-slung VW counters with sharper dynamics and superior refinement. However, this isn’t enough to help it draw back on level terms.
Competitive pricing seals victory for the Renault. You can pick up a diesel Scenic for £15,726, but you’ll have to fork out at least £17,000 to get behind the wheel of the cheapest Golf Estate (and nearly £18,500 for the diesel). That’s a big own goal in this company. In the end, French flair triumphs over a workmanlike German performance.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault ScenicMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2 - currently readingRenault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVsPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family carsWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
- 15Group 2: Supermini-MPVsThese cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.