Renault Grand Scenic review

More than 15 years after it was first introduced, the Scenic name is still one of the most recognisable of all in today’s MPV market.

While the standard Scenic is a five-seater family car, the larger Renault Grand Scenic can seat as many as seven occupants. On the basis of that fact alone, it’s clear that the Grand Scenic is aimed at family car buyers that need huge practicality with their choice of transport.

It’s not just space that the latest Grand Scenic has to offer however. It also offers other attractive qualities including stylish presentation and a decent ride. These strong points allow it to contend with rivals that include the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Kia Carens and the Ford S-MAX.

Exterior

While the latest generation Grand Scenic was first launched back in 2009, Renault refreshed the car’s looks back in the summer of 2013. This allows the MPV to look just as modern as even the more recently launched rivals.

Standard exterior features include alloy wheels, electric and heated mirrors, front fog lights and front and rear electric windows.

Interior

The most striking thing about the Grand Scenic’s interior is how incredibly spacious it is. The high roof line and the large windows should give passengers plenty of headroom and excellent visibility all-round.

The two front row seats plus the three seats in the middle row all offer a decent amount of legroom as well. The two extra seats in the back row are most useful for carrying children.

The Renault Grand Scenic also excels in providing plenty of storage space. You get a decent sized boot, especially when the back two seats are not being used and are folded flat. There’s also several cubby holes dotted around the cabin and even underfloor compartments plus drawers under the front seats.

If you’re expecting to carry a lot of items in your car, then these features are especially welcome from the Grand Scenic.

There’s currently only one trim level for the Renault Grand Scenic, called Dynamique TomTom, which means you get a lot of standard equipment.

As the name of the trim indicates, the Grand Scenic includes a TomTom satellite navigation device. Also standard inside is Bluetooth connectivity and a CD/radio player.

On the road

Engine options for the Grand Scenic include an 113bhp 1.2-litre TCe petrol unit, a 109bhp 1.6-litre VVT petrol unit and a couple of dCi diesels.

The performance from all these units feels decent but the diesel engines, which include a 109bhp 1.5-litre unit and a 128bhp 1.6-litre unit, are particularly impressive. The CO2 emissions output for these units are recorded at just 105g/km and 115g/km respectively. For all specifications but the basic VVT model, start-stop engine technology is standard.

In truth, family MPVs are not usually associated with exciting driving dynamics, but the good news here is that the Grand Scenic is comfortable to drive.

On either low or high speed roads, the Grand Scenic stays consistently smooth and refined. That makes it ideal for any lengthy motorway trips. It’s also impressively agile when travelling through twisty road sections.

If you’re planning on transporting a lot of family members at once then chances are you’ll want the drive to be above all relaxing. Drivers should find that the Renault Grand Scenic passes this particular test.

 

Verdict

The Renault Grand Scenic is a great option for any motorist after a big family car that manages to be stylish but remain very practical.

It’s one of the best looking MPVs around, but what’s important is that Renault still focuses on what customers naturally expect from this type of car. That approach has earned the Scenic name a very good reputation over the years and it remains well justified.

Pricing for the Renault Grand Scenic currently starts at £20,355.