As the pioneer and best-selling model of its class for more than a decade, the Renault Scénic has long been Europe and South Africa's favourite compact MPV, with worldwide sales of 3,3-million units since its launch in 1996.
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New Scénic builds on the strengths that helped forge the success of the model's first two generations. It delivers even more cabin space than before, ensuring greater comfort for all its occupants. Handling performance is comparable with that of a conventional sedan.
Sporty yet versatile design
The New Renault Scénic heralds a fresh approach to MPV design. Using compact forms, taut lines, distinctive rear lights and sporty front-end looks derived from New Mégane, the latest generation Scénic creates a new benchmark for this class.
New Grand Scénic adopts a slightly more sophisticated and elegant approach with an attractively styled full-colour front bumper and lower airdam. The 'boomerang'-style arced tail light clusters gain a further element of differentiation by sweeping around the sides of the angular D-pillar.
The inviting cabin continues the theme by presenting pleasing fluid lines, emphasised by the uncluttered driving environment. Quality is evident throughout, with top-notch materials, including a durable soft-touch dashboard and sporty dark trim. Fit and finish on New Scénic is also beyond reproach.
New Scénic continues the proud legacy of interior user-friendliness and adaptability. The latest model is 80 mm longer than its predecessor (70 mm for Grand Scénic), while the innovative packaging delivers even more cabin space, comfort and stowage solutions.
This latest model is graced with a bright cabin and broader field of vision, thanks to the more rearward position of the windscreen pillars. Current Scénic drivers will also appreciate the car-like driving position achieved by raising the floor by 15 mm and increasing the vertical tilt of the steering wheel.
New Scénic provides best-in-class kneeroom of 235 mm for second-row occupants, while New Grand Scénic offers an unbeatable 275 mm. The seven-seater derivative also has more space for third row occupants than any other MPV.
This is aided by the presence of footwells beneath the second row of seats, allowing two 1,75 m tall adults to be seated at the rear in comfort.
Practicality has been bolstered with 86 litres of stowage throughout the cabin, including four underfloor compartments, four under-seat drawers, six map pockets, two aviation-style tables, an 11-litre glovebox and a further nine litres in the sliding centre console. New Grand Scénic takes that tally to a remarkable 92 litres.
The New Scénic range is equipped with a dazzling array of high-tech features, including a customisable colour TFT dashboard-mounted screen, Bluetooth connectivity, the integrated Carminat TomTom navigation system on Dynamique models, and an audible rear parking sensor as the major highlights.
Optionally, buyers can also select the high-end custom-developed 3D Sound by Arkamys 140-watt audio system, as well as Plug & Music connectivity for external audio devices.
New Scénic features the same horned subframe front suspension arrangement as New Mégane, as well as a closed-profile rear beam suspension for enhanced sedan-quality body-roll control and steering precision.
It also incorporates the more precise electric power steering system for greater driving pleasure.
Two engine options are available, starting with the entry-level 1,6-litre 16-valve unit. It has benefitted from numerous refinements aimed at enhancing low-down torque, top-end power and acoustic refinement. Credited with peak outputs of 83 kW and 151 Nm, it is economical and efficient, using an average of 7,5 litres/100 km and producing 174 g of CO2/km.
Both the five and seven-seater versions can be selected with the updated and more responsive 1.9 dCi turbodiesel engine.
With 96 kW and 300 Nm on tap, it delivers fantastic driveability and frugal running, achieving a mere 5,5 litres/100 km and convincing 145 g/km. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with both engines.
Quality and safety
New Scénic shares its genes with the New Mégane, including laser welding technology for brazing the roof to the body sides for increased torsional rigidity and eliminating the need for roof trimming.
Exemplary safety is assured, as New Grand Scénic received a maximum five-star rating in the rigorous Euro NCAP crash tests. A total of six airbags are standard, along with ISOFIX anchorages for all three second-row seats.
All models are equipped with ABS, EBD and EBA, while Electronic Stability Control and CSV understeer control is optional.
The recommended retail pricing for the New Scénic and Grand Scénic ranges are as follows:
New Scenic 1.6 Expression R236 900
New Scenic 1.9 dCi Dynamique R288 900
New Grand Scenic 1.9 dCi Dynamique R 298 900
The pricing includes a five-year/150 000 km warranty and a five-year/100 000 km service plan.