Renault Grand Scenic (2016-present)

The seven-seat Renault Grand Scenic has a sculpted design and hi-tech interior to relaunch the people carrier

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Lots of standard technology
Comfortable, even with big wheels
Doesn't look like a boxy people carrier

Weaknesses 

Restricted legroom in the back row
Smaller diesels feel underpowered
Some practicality compromises
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It takes a brave car buyer to admit that they have arrived at a stage in life where a people carrier - or Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) - is required.

It usually happens when the brood has swollen to two or three and said children are old enough to demand that friends tag along for the ride. As a result, the ability to transport seven human beings, pets and the plethora of accoutrements becomes an absolute necessity.

Unfortunately, MPVs haven't always been easy on the eye and Renault's early Scenic offerings tended to look like a strange intergalactic blimp with four tiny wheels shoved in each corner.

As a result, buyers have been heading towards the chunky off-road styling of a seven-seat Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in their droves, meaning Renault has had to drastically altered the design of its latest Grand Scenic if it is to win back customers.

Enter stage right striking 20-inch alloy wheels, a rakish roofline and cutting-edge LED exterior lighting.

The result is generally pleasing and Renault engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure those massive wheels don't affect the pleasant on-road manners an MPV should offer its occupants.

Better still, the interior comes as standard with some impressive infotainment kit, including a large touch-screen that deals with most of the car's functionality, DAB radio and an extensive list of semi-autonomous driver aids, such as front and rear parking sensors, designed to take the strain out of everyday life.

Practical touches are also present, such as twin USB slots in the rear and seat-back tray tables (complete with elastic iPad holders), while Renault offers plenty of storage in the form of a central armrest cubbyhole in the front (which slides backwards and forwards) and a second drawer in the rear.

Step up the trim level and Renault throws in electrically folding seats, which are operated via a panel in the boot and via the infotainment system. This means the driver can quickly drop the rear seats should your beloved offspring arrive with a muddy bike for the boot.

However, buyers tend to plump for an MPV due to its ability to swallow a vast amount of people and stuff, rather than swanky looks and gizmos, and the Grand Scenic disappoints slightly here.

The second row of seats feels a bit cramped when adults are occupying the front and things get even more claustrophobic when the third row of seats is in use.

That final row of pews is also only really suitable for the smallest children and the Citroën C4 Grand Picasso definitely offers more room in this area.

Regardless, the Grand Scenic drives well, with a relaxed and comfortable ride despite the addition of enormous 20-inch alloy wheels.

There's a fair bit of noise in the cabin when up to cruising speeds and it doesn't exactly respond like an F1 car when pushed hard, but the addition of several driving modes (Sport, Comfort, Eco), which alter the weight of steering, throttle response and engine noise, does mean the driver can alter the characteristics of the drive, even if it's only slightly noticeable.

Last Updated 

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 01:00

Key facts 

Warranty: 
4 years / 100,000 miles
Boot size: 
233 litres (596l with third row folded)
Width: 
1866mm
Length: 
4634mm
Height: 
1655mm
Tax: 
From B (£20 a year) to E (£130)

Best Renault Grand Scenic for... 

Renault Grand Scenic Expression+ dCi 110
Cheap to buy and cheap to run, this entry-level diesel returns an impressive 70.6mpg and sits in the lowest annual tax band of the range.
Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique Nav dCi
Expect a handsome package of interior toys, respectable fuel economy, strong performance and a price tag that won't break the bank.
Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique S dCi 160
The beefiest diesel engine is among the most expensive but it sees the 0-62mph sprint time drop to 10.7 seconds and a top speed increase to 124mph. It's not exactly blistering but it's the speediest of the bunch.
Renault Grand Scenic Signature Nav dCi 160
It may feature all the bells and whistles but this top-spec model is very expensive. Plus, those extra performance gains offered by the more powerful engine are barely noticeable.

Understanding Renault Grand Scenic car names 

  • Grand Scenic
  • Trim level
    Dynamique Nav
  • Engine
    dCi 100
  • Gearbox
    6-speed manual
  • Trim level
    There are four trims in total, each one offering a greater amount of interior comfort, technology and convenience features. But each level comes at a higher price.
  • Engine
    Both petrol and diesel engines are offered, the former labelled TCe, the latter dCi. The petrol is offered in two states of tune (115 or 130hp), while the diesel is offered in two capacities and three states of tune (110hp, 130hp and 160hp).
  • Gearbox
    6-speed shows that the car has six gears. A seven speed EDC, or Electronic Dual Clutch, transmission is available to those who prefer to live with an automatic 'box.

Renault Grand Scenic Engines 

Petrol: TCe 115, TCe 130, Diesel: dCi 110, dCi 130, dCi 160 EDC, dCi 110 Hybrid Assist (arrives Spring 2017)

Those familiar with Renault's current range of cars will be well versed in the French marque's simple range of petrol and diesel engines.

The petrol offering is a 1198cc, four-cylinder unit that comes in two states of tune. It is a strong contender for those who may not be travelling long distances on a regular basis, as it offers strong performance without compromising fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions.

Stick with the 130hp petrol and you'll enjoy a punchy engine that feels sprightly around town and does a respectable job of hauling the Grand Scenic's mass around without too much fuss.

On the other hand, the diesel engine is either a 1461cc unit, developing 110hp, or a larger 1600cc unit that develops 130hp or 160hp. All of the aforementioned powerplants are fairly refined, although the lower-powered version does feel a bit weedy, especially under load.

The most powerful diesel engine might sound appealing but it is only offered with the EDC automatic gearbox and it only comes in the highest Signature Nav trim level, which means it's expensive.

The performance gains aren't really worth the extra money. Stick with the dCi 110 EDC if you really have to have an auto 'box, it represents much better value for money.

A dCi Hybrid Assist model arrives in 2017 and it fuses a 110hp diesel engine with a 10kW electric motor and 48-volt battery. The result is an estimated nine per cent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, as well as improved performance thanks to the additional shove from the electric motor.

It will cost around £1,000 more than the standard diesels and will likely only come in the mid to top spec trim levels.

Renault Grand Scenic Trims 

Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav

Expect to be presented with four distinct trim levels when it comes to buying your new Renault Grand Scenic, but don't immediately dismiss the 'entry level' Expression+ models, as these come with an impressive amount of standard kit.

Goodies include a safety suite that contains lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition, Pedestrian Detection and Emergency brake Assist, as well as a speed limiter and hill start assist.

Those enormous 20-inch alloy wheels also come standard across the range, which is a first for the MPV market. As a result, engineers have designed a special tyre, which is much thinner than rival offerings to ensure fuel efficiency isn't adversely affected.

Renault has also teamed up with three different tyre distributors to offer this special 'large but thin' slice of rubber, which should help keep the cost of replacement down.

Expression+ models also come complete with a 7-inch touchscreen that handles DAB radio, Bluetooth music and hands-free smartphone pairing.

However, walk up the trim lines towards Dynamique Nav and customers get the aforementioned sliding centre console with USB slots for rear passengers, leather and cloth upholstery, the one-touch electronic folding seats and an R-Link media system that boasts TomTom navigation technology.

Dynamique S Nav adds a stylish panoramic sunroof and additional interior flourishes, as well as a premium Bose sound system, while the top-spec Signature Nav models welcome full LED headlights, electrically adjustable seats (with massage functions in the front) and gorgeous 'Quartz' alloy wheels.

Renault Grand Scenic Reliability and warranty 

The model is too new to offer a proper insight into its reliability credentials but it feels well put together and previous generations have performed adequately in previous Auto Express Driver Power Surveys.

Better still, the 100,000-mile/four-year warranty goes beyond many rivals, offering an additional year of coverage and an extra 40,000-miles (or whatever comes first).

Used Renault Grand Scenic 

The Renault Grand Scenic has long been a favourite amongst buyers looking for bags of space and reliable machine in which to transport the family and as such, there are plenty on the used market to choose from.

This means that second-hand cars don't exactly hold on to their original value particularly well and this is compounded by the fact that the majority of buyers now prefer chunky SUVs to the ageing people carrier.

However, the new Grand Scenic is a handsome machine and Renault hopes that it will steal sales back from the crossover/SUV market, which could be good news for those looking to sell on in a few years.

Renault Grand Scenic Prices

Renault Grand Scenic Iconic

1.3 tce 140 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,101

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1.3 tce 140 iconic 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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1.5 blue dci 120 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,772

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1.5 blue dci 120 iconic 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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Renault Grand Scenic Play

1.3 tce 140 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,892

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1.3 tce 140 play 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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1.5 blue dci 120 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,945

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1.5 blue dci 120 play 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,342

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Renault Grand Scenic Signature

1.3 tce 140 signature 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,589

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1.3 tce 140 signature 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,984

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1.5 blue dci 120 signature 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,260

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1.5 blue dci 120 signature 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,658

You could save up to: £3727