Renault Scenic (2016-present)

With chunky looks, stacks of storage and high equipment levels, the Renault Scenic offers an alternative to SUVs

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Doesn't look like a minibus
Practical and imaginative interior
Efficient diesel hybrid

Weaknesses 

Noisy interior
Expensive
Big wheels look easy to damage
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Renault Scenic Diesel Estate 1.5 blue dci 120 signature 5dr auto

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The Renault Scenic is a people carrier or MPV, short for multi-purpose vehicle. It blends practicality and versatility with the convenience and driving pleasure of a hatchback, and the high-riding character of an SUV. Rivals include the Citroen C4 Picasso, Volkswagen Touran and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. However, the Scenic brings a lot more style, and safety and connectivity technology to the class than we’ve seen before.
It’s an attractive car that sports giant 20in alloy wheels. They’re standard across the range. They look vulnerable to kerbing but Renault claims the deep tyre walls will prevent that. It also says the tyres are no more expensive than 18in tyres, at least at Renault dealers.
The interior is roomy and has a completely flat floor with secret stowage compartments set into it. The boot lip is low, and the aperture wide and uncluttered. The boot itself is a class-leading 572 litres. On Dynamique Nav models upwards you can press buttons to drop the rear seats.
On all but the basic Expression+ models, the centre console slides so those in the back can access it. There are aircraft-style picnic tables back there, too, although they’re awkward to use if you have long legs.
The driving position is good thanks to the multi-adjustable steering wheel, seat height adjustment and the raised view. The engines are reasonably powerful, although you have to plan overtakes. They’re economical, while the least powerful diesel costs nothing to tax.
Surprisingly for a family car, there’s rather too much conversation-drowning wind and road noise. The suspension is comfortable but the car rolls a little too much in corners. Dynamique S Nav models lift the interior with a fixed glass panoramic sunroof and a premium sound system that turns the Scenic into a great family tourer.
And in many ways, that’s the Scenic’s appeal. Thanks to a host of clever stowage features, ample cabin space, great visibility, competitive running costs and sleek styling, the Scenic is a family car of many talents.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 09:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years
Boot size: 
572 litres
Width: 
1866mm
Length: 
4406mm
Height: 
1653mm
Tax (min to max): 
£0 to £110

Best Renault Scenic for... 

Renault Scenic Expression+ dCi 110
It may be the slowest in the line-up but the dCi 110 recovers ground with its family-friendly economy. Being the basic Expression+ it’s cheap, too, but still well equipped.
Renault Scenic Dynamique S Nav dCi 130
Good economy and strong performance marks this version out, while the rear view camera, premium sound system, panoramic glass roof tick and sat nav are exactly the conveniences and luxuries families require.
Renault Scenic Dynamique S Nav dCi 160 EDC
This is easily the quickest Scenic in the range but what makes it more exciting still are the gearbox paddle shift controls on the steering column that allow you to change gear with your fingertips.
Renault Scenic Signature Nav dCi 110 Hybrid Assist
The Hybrid Assist already costs £1000 more than the non-assist dCi 110, so having it in top-spec Signature Nav trim means it’s very expensive.

Renault Scenic History 

  • 2016 Current Renault Scenic goes on sale

Understanding Renault Scenic car names 

  • Scenic
  • Trim level
    Signature Nav
  • Engine
    dCi 130
  • Gearbox
    EDC
  • Trim level
    Renault likes to identify its trim levels by names rather than letters. Starting with the lowest, the Scenic’s four trims are Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav
  • Engine
    There are two petrol and four diesel engines, each with different power ratings in the Scenic line-up. Diesel engines are denoted by the letters dCi and petrols, TCe. The number that follows refers to the power output of the engine in horsepower. One of the diesel engines is assisted by a small electric motor and its full name is dCi 110 Hybrid Assist.
  • Gearbox
    The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual but the Scenic is also available with a dual-clutch automatic identified by the letters EDC.

Renault Scenic Engines 

Petrol: TC1 115, TCe 130,
Diesel: dCi 110, dCi 110 Hybrid Assist, dCi 130, dCi 160 EDC

All bar one of the Scenic’s engines see service elsewhere in Renault’s model line-up and are notable for their blend of reasonable performance and good economy. The all-new engine unique to the Scenic is the dCi 110 Hybrid Assist. It uses the regular dCi 110 diesel engine and an electric motor powered by the new generation of 48-volt battery. The motor takes over some of the work of the diesel engine to provide low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
During deceleration and when braking, the system recovers energy which it stores in the battery for use by the electric motor when required. It also serves as a 10kW motor which works with the diesel engine to provide additional power during acceleration. Its effect is especially felt at low speeds. The system cuts fuel consumption and emissions by around 9% compared with the regular dCi 110 diesel engine. However, it costs an additional £1000.
Among the remaining engines, the TCe petrol is notable for its additional performance over the TCe 115 but with no reduction in economy or increase in CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, of the diesels, the dCi 130 looks the most attractive for its balance of power and economy. The most powerful engine, the dCi 160, is only available with the EDC automatic transmission and in the higher spec trims, which makes it expensive. If you must have an automatic, the dCi 110 EDC looks better value.

Type

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 60

top speed

TCe 115

Petrol

48.7mpg

113bhp

12.3s

115mph

TCe 130

Petrol

48.7mpg

128bhp

11.4s

118mph

dCi 110

Diesel

72.4-70.6mpg

108bhp

12.4s

114mph

dCi 110 Hybrid Assist

Diesel

80.7mpg

108bhp

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dCi 130

Diesel

62.7mpg

128bhp

11.4s

118mph

dCi 160 EDC

Diesel

62.7mpg

158bhp

10.7s

124mph

Renault Scenic Trims 

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

The Scenic is offered in four levels of trim. All have up-to the-minute safety features including lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition, Pedestrian Detection and Emergency brake Assist, a speed limiter and hill start assist. Comfort-wise, they have a two-way adjustable steering column and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, a seven-inch touchscreen and a powerful DAB digital radio with AUX input and Bluetooth connectivity. And all have huge 20in alloy wheels.
Expression+ is the most basic in the line-up but like so many new cars these days, the term is misleading since to the above features it adds an electronic parking brake, dual-zone climate control (basically, automatic air-conditioning), automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, and powered and heated wing mirrors.
The next trim, called Dynamique Nav, brings front and rear parking sensors, a very useful sliding centre console, rear-mounted aircraft-style picnic tables, rear sunblinds, one-touch easy folding rear seats, a more powerful sound system with R-Link which connects to your phone and the internet, and a sat nav.
Dynamique S Nav adds a colour head-up display, a rear parking camera, a panoramic fixed-glass sunroof, a Bose sound system and a larger 8.7-inch touchscreen.
Finally, sitting at the top is Signature Nav with front foglights, LED headlights, electric front seats and leather trim.

Renault Scenic Reliability and warranty 

This Scenic is too new to have generated any reliability or ownership data. However, its immediate predecessor was rated 50 out of 150 cars by owners who responded to the Auto Express 2016 Driver Power survey. Charting in the top third is not bad but a finish higher up the chart would have been a more reassuring position for a family car to find itself in.
However, the new Scenic certainly feels very well made. It shares components with other vehicles in the Renault family, such as the Captur and the Kadjar, that finished much higher up the same reliability chart.
In addition, Renault goes a step further than many car makers by providing a four-year warranty with its cars, rather than the traditional three.

Used Renault Scenic 

MPVs such as the Renault Scenic have been replaced in buyers’ affections by SUVs. These cars are seriously popular and many do the same job as an MPV in terms of practicality, versatility and ease of driving. As a result, to appeal to car buyers, new MPVs have to be discounted quite heavily, which has a knock-on effect on the prices of used ones. The upside is that a good used MPV is great value for money.
Renault is keenly aware of this, which is why it has tried to make this new Scenic as attractive as possible to car buyers considering a hatchback or an SUV. It’s too early to say with any confidence how prices of used ones will hold up when they eventually make it onto the market but it’s likely that, despite Renault’s best efforts, the Scenic is unlikely to break the mould and resist depreciation better than other MPVs like it.

Renault Scenic Prices

Renault Scenic Iconic

1.3 tce 140 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,427

You could save up to: £3258

1.3 tce 140 iconic 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,822

You could save up to: £3363

1.5 blue dci 120 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,098

You could save up to: £3387

1.5 blue dci 120 iconic 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,496

You could save up to: £3489

Renault Scenic Play

1.3 tce 140 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,218

You could save up to: £3167

1.3 tce 140 play 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,613

You could save up to: £3272

1.5 blue dci 120 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,271

You could save up to: £3324

1.5 blue dci 120 play 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,668

You could save up to: £3427

Renault Scenic Signature

1.3 tce 140 signature 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,915

You could save up to: £3370

1.3 tce 140 signature 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,310

You could save up to: £3475

1.5 blue dci 120 signature 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,586

You could save up to: £3499

1.5 blue dci 120 signature 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,984

You could save up to: £3601