Despite being one of the older models in the segment, the Renault Scenic was chosen ahead of new entrants such as the Seat Alhambra, Vauxhall Meriva and new Ford C-Max to take the title.
Dan Strong, CarBuyer’s Editor, said, “It’s the car that started the compact MPV revolution – and it’s still leading from the front. Our panel of experts all agreed – the Renault Scénic offers fantastic value for money and is designed to take whatever family life can throw at it."
Praising the ‘hard-wearing, comfortable and well-equipped’ Scenic, the judges believed the Scenic was still the best MPV available today.
The Renault Scenic boasts some of Renault’s more modern engines, with the 1.5-litre dCi singled out for individual praise from the judges for its blend of fuel economy and performance.
Priced from just £12,500, the five-seat MPV also undercuts many of its rivals on the market.
Renault UK Managing Director, Thierry Sybord, said: "Our third-generation Scénic possesses all of the traits which have lead to its multiple award wins over the years, and just as importantly, real-world plaudits from all kinds of owners, thanks to its impressive comfort, fuel economy, practicality, reliability and safety levels.”
The next generation Renault Scenic has already been hinted at by the French manufacturer at the Geneva Motor Show last week.
The Renault R-Space concept car is expected to influence the next generation Scenic in terms of styling. This means the newest model could receive the elongated, curvy grille first seen on the Renault DeZir electric supercar concept.
However, Renault has not revealed when a next generation five-seat MPV will be released, or if it will use the Renault Scenic name.