Used buyer's guide: Renault Scenic

The Renault Scenic compact MPV is comfortable and affordable to run

How much?

Scenics are more plentiful than Grand Scenics, plus they’re cheaper – typically by between £500 and £800. The premium is worthwhile, though, especially as you can buy a Grand Scenic for only £5,000. It needn’t be a high-mileage car, but it will be petrol powered or low spec.

The best engine is the 1.6 dCi diesel launched in 2011 – a Grand Scenic with this is still more than £15,000, or £14,500-plus in Scenic form. A £10,000 budget will secure a 10-reg 1.5 dCi Privilege or 1.9 dCi Dynamique TomTom, or an 11-plate 1.5 dCi Expression or a low-mileage 1.6 VVT Dynamique TomTom.

Running costs

ModelInsurance groupFuel economyCO2 emissionsAnnual road tax
1.4 TCe17-1838mpg168g/km£200
1.614-1638mpg174g/km£200
2.01736mpg183g/km£220
1.5dCi16-1757mpg130/km£105
1.9dCi 13020-2151mpg145g/km£140
2.0dCi 150 auto20-2340mpg184g/km£230
2.0dCi 16021-2342mpg173g/km£200

All Scenics need to visit a garage every two years or 18,000 miles, with services alternating between minor and major – priced at £125 and £155 respectively. In addition, you’ll have to pay £399 every six years or 90,000 miles for a replacement cambelt on the 1.6 VVT, 1.5 dCi and 1.9 dCi engines; the rest are chain-driven.

You’ll also have to refresh the coolant (£69) and brake fluid (£39) every four years. Renault dealers offer menu servicing for most things. If you purchase a post-February 2012 facelifted car, it comes with the 4+ package as standard. This provides four years’ warranty, servicing and roadside assistance.

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