The seven-seat people carrier took home the prestigious award because of its new 1.6-litre diesel engine complete with StartStop technology designed to reduce the amount of fuel the car uses by automatically turning the engine off when the car is stationary in traffic.
What Car? Editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “Renault thoroughly deserves this award because making a green MPV is not easy. However, the Grand Scénic seats seven adults in comfort, and emits only 115g/km of CO2, ensuring a low carbon footprint for driver and passengers.”
The low level of CO2 emissions means the Renault Grand Scenic qualifies for zero first year Vehicle Excise Duty in the UK – a remarkable achievement for a large seven-seat car.
Renault UK’s Managing Director, Thierry Sybord, said: “The 1.6 dCi Stop & Start version of Scénic and Grand Scénic is proving a revelation for families and business users alike, who appreciate its low CO2 emissions, impressive fuel consumption, and for the latter, low tax bracket.”
Judges of the award praised the engine as well as the amount of equipment available on the Renault Grand Scenic at a ceremony at Battersea Power Station to mark the start of the EcoVelocity green motor show.
Chris Hallett, who oversaw the judging of the awards, added: “Our winning Scénic has plenty of equipment, including climate and cruise controls, automatic lights and wipers, an MP3 adapter, Bluetooth, stability control and six airbags.”
The 1.6-litre engine is also available on the smaller Renault Scenic, a five-seat version of the people carrier.
The Renault Scenic also delivers 115g/km with the 1.6-litre diesel engine, which costs £19,900. However, petrol versions are available from £18,600.
The 1.6-litre Renault Grand Scenic starts from £21,200 on-the-road in the UK but petrol versions are available from £18,415.