Fitted with BOSE Pack as extra worth £500 and other feature includes Satellite navigation system with colour display touch screen, 3D and voice and traffic information, Automatic smart card/key includes keyless entry and keyless start, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Connections for USB (front), auxiliary audio devices (front), USB (rear) and auxiliary audio devices, Front radar-type parking distance sensors, rear radar and camera-type parking distance sensors, Glass roof, Signature Nav trim level, Single 8.7 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls and Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone and includes navigation system.
Diesel 61.4 combined MPG
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This improved fourth generation Renault Grand Scenic offers space for seven in a package that serves to remind us of Renault's years of expertise in this game. Jonathan Crouch reports.
Renault was the first brand to properly meet the needs of compact MPV buyers wanting seven seats. This latest improved MK4 model Grand Scenic continues to effectively do just that, offering a more up-market feel and a smarter spin on a well established theme. Practical, safe, quiet, comfortable, efficient to run and relatively affordable, it ticks a lot of boxes.
Back in 2004, Renault were first to introduce the concept of seven seats in a compact MPV, launching a Grand Scenic model that's gone on to be a very significant car for the brand. The second generation version, announced in 2009, proved so successful that it effectively rendered the brand's larger Espace MPV redundant. Here, we're looking at the MK3 model, altogether more sophisticated and stylish than its predecessor. Here, the design is far more stylish and driver-centric than before, plus there's more space and storage inside along with more sophisticated infotainment technology. A 'Hybrid Assist' diesel variant will tempt those in search of ultimate efficiency too. Sounds promising doesn't it?
The Grand Scenic has never really garnered a reputation as a particularly sharp steer, but that suits the sort of customers who just want something comfortable and unthreatening to do the family duties. The bulk of sales will to the recently improved 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, which now puts out 120hp. Don't dismiss the alternative petrol engine option though if you're a lower-mileage buyer. It's a 1.3-litre Tce turbo unit that develops 140PS and is well worth a look. There's some trendy technology to cheer you along the way too, in the form of a selectable drive mode system called 'Multi-Sense', one of those able to alter steering feel, throttle response, stability control settings and, where fitted, auto gearchange timings, all to suit the way you want to drive. Heck it even changes the engine note and alters the colour of the dashboard lighting in an effort to put you in either a more relaxed frame of mind or perhaps a sportier mood.
This is a bigger car than its second generation predecessor, 75mm longer, 15mm higher and 2mm wider. As significantly, there's 35mm more wheelbase. That's not enough to make this Grand Scenic a rival to really large MPVs like Volkswagen's Sharan, but it'll make it easier for this Renault to be considered as a really credible alternative to the largest compact MPV in the segment, Ford's S-MAX. It certainly looks sharper than before. The styling is based on Renault's R-Space concept car, key features like the steeply-raked windscreen and short bonnet heightening the elegance of this Grand Scenic's MPV silhouette. Uniquely, big 20-inch wheels are fitted to all versions. At the same time, the three-part screen combines a panoramic view with improved side vision. At the front, there's a more distinctive lighting signature. Depending on version, the C-shaped front headlights benefit from LED PURE VISION technology, while Edge Light technology provides the taillights with a 3D effect. The boot of this third generation model boasts a volume of 718-litres when the third seating row isn't in use; that compares to the 572-litre figure you get from the standard Scenic model. Plus around the car, there's total additional stowage capacity of 63-litres. Take the 'Easy Life drawer', which faces the front passenger seat and offers a storage area of 11.5-litres. That's three litres more than a conventional glove box. Lit and chilled, it opens via an electronic sensor and automatically locks when the vehicle stops. Plus, as before, there are four underfloor compartments.
There's the usual premium of around £1,800 to get this Grand Scenic seven-seat bodyshape over the ordinary five-seat Scenic model. That means prices as before, are likely to sit in the £23,500 to £28,000 bracket. There's the choice of three trim levels - 'Play', 'Iconic' and 'Signature'. A key new safety addition this time round is the AEBS 'Active Emergency Braking System' which also has a Pedestrian Protection feature. Lane Keeping Assist and a Fatigue Detection system are additionally being offered. Along with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, a Safe Distance Warning system, 'Traffic Sign Recognition with Over Speed Prevention' and Blind Spot Warning. Buyers can also specify a reversing camera, automatic dipped and main beam headlights, front, rear and side parking sensors and Easy Park Assist hands-free parking. Higher-end versions are equipped with Renault's advanced 'R-LINK 2' infotainment system, complete with an 8.7-inch screen. Here, you get voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone use, apps and radio. There's also the option of a full-colour head-up display system that projects key driving information onto the bottom of the windscreen. And Renault also hopes it can tempt buyers into paying more for a desirable 11-speaker BOSE Surround Sound audio system.
The Grand Scenic may no longer have the lowest running costs in its class but they're still impressively low for a car of this size. The efficiency champion will be the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 120hp diesel model which should return 57.7mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2. As for petrol power, well the 1.3 TCe engine manages 45.6mpg and 141g/km. As you would expect, all Grand Scenic models are aided in achieving their figures by a Stop & Start system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. All well and good, but if we were potentially buying this model, one of our concerns might be that the big 20-inch wheels would eventually require big, pricey replacement tyres to go with them. Renault says that won't be the case, the brand having been working with major tyre manufacturers to ensure that replacement rubber for this model won't cost any more than it would if the car was running on more usual 17-inch rims. Another aspect of purchase that should please you lies in the fact that you won't be fobbed off with the basic three year / 60,000 mile warranty that most rivals offer. All Grand Scenic models come with a much more complete four-year / 100,000-mile warranty that includes emergency breakdown recovery. There's also three years' worth of European cover as part of this package.
You might think your day-to-day family car journeys are mind-bogglingly dull but there are numerous models on the market locked in ferocious competition for the right to come along for the ride. If your brood needs everyday space for five and occasional room for seven, then here's one of the best of them, should you be seeking a seven-seater that's big enough for the family, without suggesting to the world that you've your own reserved parking space down at the maternity unit. It'll certainly help in the showroom that the looks of this third generation version are now trendier - plus it's significantly more practical where it counts - inside. On top of that, build quality is strong, running costs are low and safety is outstanding. Overall then, a car that shows Renault still has its finger firmly on the pulse of what modern families are looking for. This is Europe's most popular family MPV for a reason.
By Jonathan Crouch
Renault was the first brand to properly meet the needs of compact MPV buyers wanting seven seats. The design in question was the French brand's Grand Scenic model, a People Carrier we're looking at here in the further facelifted second generation form that was sold between 2013 and 2016. In this guise, this dependable MPV continued to offer a smarter spin on a well established theme. Practical, safe, quiet, comfortable, efficient to run and relatively affordable, it still ticks a lot of boxes.
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When it comes to cars, established market categories are all very well, but sometimes, they just don't suit the lives that many of us lead. Take People Carriers. Or, more specifically, let's take this one, this much improved second generation version of Renault's seven-seat Grand Scenic that was sold between 2013 and 2016. MPVs have always been 'A Good Idea' for families but it wasn't so long ago that buying such a car was a question of choosing between two extremes. In selecting a People carrier, you either went for one that was so huge you were hardly likely to ever use all its capacity. Or one so compact that trying to cram in a family of seven and even some of their luggage ended up being a contortionist exercise in logistics. Predictably, it was the innovationists in the MPV market, Renault, who first recognised the problem and back in 2004, launched the first generation version of the Grand Scenic, a car built around a 'Goldilocks principle' further perfected by the second generation version originally launched in 2009. Namely, that of a People Carrier that wasn't too big and wasn't too small, but was just right. You'd think that getting such a balance right would be fairly straightforward wouldn't you? Not a bit of it. The trend for making compact MPVs more family-flexible by equipping them with seven seats began around the turn of the century with cars like Vauxhall's Zafira. But the problem was that the models in question were made no bigger to cope with their extra potential passengers, so often felt terribly cramped. That was why the original first generation version of this Grand Scenic was so significant. It was the first compact people carrier to feature an extended wheelbase big enough to make the third seating row actually usable - without creating a vehicle that was too van-like. Like Renault's previous people carrying innovations - the Espace of 1985 and the Scenic of 1999 - this one was quickly copied by other MPVs also aiming to offer a better family balance between size and wieldiness, most notably the Ford S-MAX of 2006. Renault countered that car by launching the original version of the second generation Grand Scenic three years later, but the competition kept on coming: Peugeot's 5008 in 2010, Vauxhall's Zafira Tourer in 2012 and the MK2 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in 2013. Still, the Grand Scenic did its best to keep up, with an update in early 2012 quickly followed by a more far-reaching package of changes in the Spring of 2013 that created the smarter, more efficient version we're going to review here as a prospective used car buy. It sold until the arrival of an all-new third generation model in late 2016.
Outward aesthetics didn't use to be a very important priority for People Carrying customers but the motor industry has clearly decided that they should be, with products in this segment like Citroen's Grand C4 Picasso and Vauxhall's Zafira Tourer fighting tooth and nail for driveway cred. It's a trend this further improved second generation Grand Scenic had to follow - without prioritising fashion over function. Hence this revised version's more contemporary front end that sees a larger Renault badge taking centre stage on the smarter bonnet. The A-pillars, the wings, the bumper and the headlights were also re-styled in pursuit of what the brand hoped was a stronger, sportier look. Details include black high gloss elements around the grille and the use of chrome trims around smarter LED daytime running lights. The boomerang-shaped back lights are supposed to give a high-tech feel to the steeply raked back screen with the line of the clusters extending forward along the flanks following a character line supposed to add a bit of dynamic appeal to the side view. But enough on the aesthetics: what about the practicality? It ought to be good. After all, this car is 216mm longer than the ordinary five-seat Scenic model, which makes it very nearly the size of the huge third generation Espace MPV that Renault deleted from its range in 2012. The extra length certainly isn't quite enough for this car to be able to take seven full-sized adults in long distance comfort. The difference here though over most compact seven-seater MPVs is that with a few compromises, you can get close. The seats in the second row slide collectively or individually backwards and forwards, so you can set them to offer good legroom for second or third row passengers, though not both. Mostly, owners will probably choose to maximise second row legroom and keep the back two seats for kids or adults on short journeys. Getting to that back row requires a certain level of agility that may tax Grandma on your Sunday outing with her and the kids to the local garden centre. Still, once she's in place and the seat backs ahead have been suitably tweaked forward, she should be comfortably enough to avoid leg stretching exercises in the coffee shop when you arrive. Headroom for taller folk may be a bit limited though. There are no such issues in the middle row of course, providing of course you don't have to give too much away to those behind. Three individual chairs are provided and all can slide and recline to offer greater comfort on longer journeys. It's here you realise what a triumph of child-friendliness this cabin is, with door pockets designed for drink bottles, blinds for the windows and even a couple of concealed under-floor storage spaces. We like the thoughtful touches too. Like the design of the tray tables which sees them recessed into the seat backs so as not to clout your kids' knees. And the way the centre storage box can slide forward so that there's ample legroom in the centre middle seat. If you have pushed that storage box right forward - as you might do so the middle rear seat can be pushed right forward so that, for example, you can keep a better eye on a child in a booster seat - then up-front, you'll find that it rather gets in the way of the two main cupholders in the centre console. Just as well then, that there are many more drinks holders dotted around the interior, part of a plethora of storage that runs to forty different compartments collectively creating 83-litres of storage space, so locating a lost Yorkie bar or set of keys could be the work of more than a few minutes. For front folk, that includes a huge chilled glovebox and useful under-seat storage slide-out trays. But there are many other reasons why a seat at the wheel of this Grand Scenic is such a pleasant place to be. The large wide windscreen makes the cabin feel spacious and airy - even more so if you've opted for the huge panoramic glass sunroof. Plus the driving position offers loads of adjustment, with a seat that can be jacked so high that even the shortest driver gets a commanding view. The soft-touch sweeping dashboard design that shows how far Renault has come in recent times in its pursuit of perceived quality and there are some very classy touches like the full colour TFT display that you can tweak to your own colour choice. You can also specify a useful extra mirror to more easily watch what the little horrors are doing. To keep them all quiet, there are three 12-volt power sockets around the cabin so that games consoles and MP3 players can be topped up. And luggage capacity? Well, as you might expect, if you're travelling seven-up, there isn't much - just 208-litres. Still, that'll be enough on your annual holiday if you also buy into the optional roofbox your Renault dealer will be happy to sell you. For the other fifty months of the year, the space on offer here will doubtless be quite sufficient. After all, once you use the easy one-touch motion to fold the rearmost chairs flat into the floor though, this area can be increased to 564-litres. That's easily enough for, say, a couple of bags of golf clubs and a baby buggy, but if you want more yet still need to carry five passengers, you can slide the second seating row forward to create up to 702-litres of space. Going further still requires you to fold the second seating row up against those at the front - sadly, they won't fold flat into the floor. That'll bring you to 1,863-litres - but you can go further still. If you've space in the garage and you're strong enough of back, you can remove the three chairs completely, to free up a massive 2063-litre space with a load length of around 2.5m. Such a performance is this process though that you've really got to want that extra couple of hundred litres of room. At least really long items can be catered for without seat-removal antics thanks to a front passenger seat that can be specified to fold forward for the carriage of really long items.
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The good thing about buying a vehicle that's well into its model cycle is that all the major problems have been thoroughly ironed out. Ensure all seats, the rear load space cover and the storage bin lids are present and correct and look for the usual family interior damage. Check that all the electrics and air conditioning work properly. The engines have all proven tough and the 1.6 diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engines are highly regarded by journalists but almost completely overlooked by the buying public. As for other issues, well one owner complained of an air conditioning fan failing. Another found some water ingress in the passenger compartment footwell. There were reports of some cars struggling to start in damp weather and one we came across was noisy on tickover. One had a fraying fanbelt and another made a whistling noise in line with rising engine speed. Look out for all these things when inspecting and driving used examples. Otherwise, ensure that the rear load space cover and the storage bin lids are present and correct and look for the usual family interior damage. Check that all the electrics and air conditioning work properly.
(approx prices, based on a 2014 Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi 110) Consumables for the Renault Scenic are reasonably priced. An air filter sits in the £11 to £15 bracket, an oil filter costs around £5-£10 and a fuel filter will sit in the £35 to £50 bracket. Brake pads sit in the £20 to £35 bracket for a set, while brake discs sit in the £55 to £85 bracket (though you can pay up to around £225 for a pricier brand). A headlamp will cost between around £145 and £165 to replace and a rear lamp cost around £65. If you smash the indicator in the wing mirror, a replacement will cost around £20 to £35. The mirror glass costs around £20 to replace, while a complete wing mirror costs around £100 to replace.
We tend to think of driving dynamics as being uniquely targeted at on-the-limit handling. In a rival Ford S-MAX, they always have been, but Renault's engineers seem to be a bit better dialled in to People Carrying purpose. Whatever the magazines may suggest, you simply don't buy a car of this kind to throw it around the lanes: ride comfort, in contrast, is everything, providing that it isn't so prioritised that when you have to push on a bit over the twisty stuff, when you're running late for the school play or you've left the dinner burning in the oven, the suspension won't pitch you about like a Channel ferry on a choppy sea. By and large, the Grand Scenic delivers on this brief. Its low speed ride over typical town surfaces is un-bettered in this class on a model from this era and good enough on the open road to ensure that you won't be bombarded with too many 'Are we nearly there yets?'. Plus noise is well suppressed thanks to copious soundproofing, so long journeys can be relaxed. No, there's nothing especially rewarding about driving this car, but it's clearly been very carefully engineered for its purpose with a clever suspension system that reduces body roll to manageable levels and allows performance-minded parents to turn into corners with sharpness reassuring enough to allow them to capitalise on the surprisingly good grip. In fact, it's a pity that so much of this is masked by an electric power steering system that's light on feel and seems to have been tuned to suit the lowest driving common denominator. At least it makes town driving and parking simple. So far, so good. What about under the bonnet? Renault has made the mistake of trying to sell higher performance Grand Scenic derivatives over the years that buyers avoided like the plague, so the engine line-up for this model from the 2013 to 2016 era was dictated more by sense than by speed. Still, you'll find the units on offer to be a willing bunch, providing you can stretch beyond the aging entry-level 110bhp 1.6 VVT normally aspirated petrol powerplant which ambles to 62mph in 12.6s en route to 115mph. True, those are the same kind of figures you'd achieve from a Scenic with one of the two 1.2-litre turbo TCe petrol units beneath its bonnet - there's a choice here between 115 or 130bhp outputs. But you wouldn't feel that from a seat behind the wheel of any Scenic 1.2 TCe, given that it'll be able to offer you 30-40% more pulling power than the 1.6, yet will cost around 20% less to run. Green pump-orientated customers able to justify the ownership price premium will find that this is a much better way to go. Most however, will want a diesel, the best all-round choice probably being the 110bhp 1.5-litre dCi, which makes 60mph from rest in 13.5s on the way to 112mph, provided you don't opt for the sprint-sapping EDC automatic gearbox. Those in search of more power meanwhile, have an impressive 130bhp 1.6-litre dCi option at their disposal, capable of sixty in 11.1s on the way to 121mph - in other words, the kind of performance you'd expect from a rival 2.0-litre diesel. Without of course, the associated running costs.
You might think your day-to-day family car journeys are mind-bogglingly dull but there are numerous models on the market locked in ferocious competition for the right to come along for the ride. If your brood needs everyday space for five and occasional room for seven, then here's one of the best of them, should you be seeking a seven-seater from the 2013 to 2016 era that's big enough for the family, without suggesting to the world that you've your own reserved parking space down at the maternity unit. The improvements that Renault made to this revised Grand Scenic model in 2013 will go unnoticed by many - and that's a pity as the clever petrol TCe and diesel dCi units turned out to be class leadingly-efficient. This car is also very well equipped. Spend a little time with it and you can't escape the realisation that Renault just knows people carriers better than anyone else. Other MPV rivals from this period might look trendier but none are significantly more practical than this Grand Scenic where it counts - inside. Or nicer to live with over long journeys. On top of that, build quality is strong, running costs are low and safety is outstanding. In summary, in its time, this was Europe's most popular family MPV for a reason.
Renault is proud to build proper 7-seat MPVs and June Neary likes its style.
Although a 4x4 would be trendier and a family saloon might be sportier, there's nothing to touch a proper 7-seat MPV for versatility and the ability to cope with the logistical problems that family life has a habit of throwing up. That's why I was eager to get to grips with the latest Renault Grand Scenic. I have a lot of appreciation for the job that these vehicles do and Renault's offering has been one of the leading lights in the sector for a long time. The Grand Scenic is the extended seven-seat version of the standard five-seater Scenic and it gives you the option of either having two child-sized seats in the rear or folding them down to produce a larger luggage area. That's only the tip of the iceberg so far as interior adjustments go, with all the rear seats capable of shifting around so the most can be made of the available space. The exterior of this MK3 model Grand Scenic is a bit more exciting than before but it still didn't really excite me too much: few MPVs do. As usual, the main point of the shape is to maximise the amount of space inside. It's also a very large vehicle, which might prove daunting to some but for me, the size didn't look like anything I couldn't get used to.
Being very nearly the size of an old Espace, which used to be Renault's largest MPV, the Grand Scenic should be big inside and is. The front seats are comfortable, with plenty of room and a good view out. In the second row, three adults can be accommodated without any difficulty and leg room is as generous as that of anything in the mid-sized MPV class. Slide the second row seats forward a touch and it's also possible to seat a couple of six-foot adults in the rear. Their knees will be bunched up a little as the chairs are set close to the floor but it's far from uncomfortable and smaller occupants will have no problem. These third row seats fold into the flat boot floor in a one-touch motion increasing boot space to as much as 718-litres. The middle row of seats can fold and tumble forwards, enabling reasonably dignified access to the third row, or be removed completely to create a massive removal van-like space of well over 2,000-litres. Seat back trays, a deep glovebox and segmented door pockets add to the Grand Scenic's strong practicality score.
You approach a seven-seat MPV measuring over 4.6m from nose to tail with certain expectations about how it will drive but it's worth giving the Grand Scenic the benefit of the doubt. Comfort is the priority and rightly so but Renault has also managed to instil a high degree of poise and manoeuvrability. With its suspension system lifted from the Megane, the Grand Scenic resists cornering roll well and has plenty of grip at the front wheels. The ride quality is first class, the car tiptoeing over poor road surfaces and avoiding wobbliness on sudden undulations. The steering is sometimes too light and the manual gearbox isn't the slickest but in general, and considering the Grand Scenic's family remit, Renault has got the balance just about right. I tried the 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel model. It had plenty of power, even for moving a Grand Scenic with the family and quite a bit of baggage on board. Refinement was good and although we only sat on the motorways for half an hour or so, it was enough to appreciate that the Grand Scenic would be a very accomplished companion on a long journey. There's also a lower-powered 1.5 dCi diesel with 110PS and the option of clever 'Hybrid Assist' technology. Alternatively, there's a very good turbo 1.2-litre petrol variant with either 115 or 130PS on tap. Despite its size, the Grand Scenic is straightforward to manoeuvre, the process aided by good visibility out of the front. In tight situations on the road, it doesn't feel as large as it actually is and anyone who's ruled out a seven-seat vehicle because they're worried about the awkwardness of its dimensions should give this one a go.
As much as you vow it won't, having kids changes you. It changes your priorities and your viewpoint. It makes you more risk averse too and Renault realises this which is why the Grand Scenic has always scored so well in terms of safety. The Grand Scenic routinely scores maximum five-star ratings from Euro NCAP and this latest car is packed with features designed to avoid collisions and protect occupants should one occur. The car can be specified with automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control with a speed-limiting function, bi-xenon headlamps that swivel to illuminate round bends and a seat-belt reminder that sounds if a rear-seatbelt is unbuckled. There's also ABS with brake assist and brake force distribution and ESC stability control with CSV understeer control. You get ISOFIX child seat anchor points too. There's the usual premium of around £1,800 to get this Grand Scenic seven-seat bodyshape over the ordinary five-seat Scenic model. That means prices as before, are likely to sit in the £23,500 to £32,500 bracket. Higher-end versions are equipped with Renault's advanced 'R-LINK 2' infotainment system, complete with an 8.7-inch screen. Here, you get voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone use, apps and radio.
The Renault Scenic has been at or near the top of the compact MPV charts for years and Renault has learned a lot about what buyers in this sector want. The Grand Scenic represents that knowledge being put into practice. It isn't an MPV that tries to be sporty in any way. It's just spacious, user-friendly, safe and very solidly built. Some will find the the way it drives a little dull, but those with domestic situations which really require the versatility of a seven-seat vehicle will love the Renault's pragmatic approach. I did anyway.