‘Greenness’ For Free
Explaining why MSN Cars chose to conduct the research and their subsequently interesting results, author Richard Aucock, comments: "To tie in with the recent G8 conference, I looked at how motorists can easily ‘do their bit’ right now. To my surprise, number-crunching revealed that, per passenger, the Renault Grand Scénic dCi 106 is actually the ‘lowest carbon car’ per passenger, emitting 20.5g/km of CO 2 per pew. No standard UK car has a lower ‘per seat’ figure. This surprise is in itself a measure of what a good job Renault has done - it’s a ‘normal’ car with an affordable price tag and a surprisingly punchy Euro IV diesel, but with the option of ‘greenness’ fitted for free. So even those not concerned with the environment will unwittingly help the planet. For a car which sells in large numbers, the cumulative effect should benefit us all.
In the feature itself, the praise is just as glowing. "(144g/km CO 2) potentially gives it the best carbon emissions per person of any car on sale in the UK. Airlines use such calculations, so why not when looking at cars? The Grand Scénic dCi 106 is Euro IV compliant too, so emissions of particulates are slashed, and compact dimensions ensure it takes up much less space than a ‘full-sized’ seven-seater. The Scénic’s five-star Euro-NCAP rating also means you’re potentially saving more than the planet itself."
Of course, if you don’t need the practicality of seven seats and acres of storage to suit your lifestyle, then you could always take a look at the 1.5-litre diesel Renault Clio dCi 80, which featured in another MSN Cars study, ‘Top 10 Greenest Cars’ earlier this year. In it, the authors raved about its planet-friendly credentials (110g/km CO 2) and its outstanding frugality (65.7mpg on a combined cycle). "…the Clio remains a desirable choice. The 1.5 dCi turbodiesel is a cracker, with easy power and excellent economy."
Whether you’re an eco-warrior or cost-conscious car buyer, if you’re seeking an affordable, practical, easy-to-live with family car which minimises harm to future generations, maybe now’s the time to visit your local Renault dealer. In an environmentally-friendly mode of transport obviously. With prices for the 1.5-litre dCi versions of Clio and Grand Scénic starting at just £9,200 and £17,320, it just goes to prove that Renault isn’t just taking care of car passengers’ lives with its unrivalled Euro NCAP safety record, it’s also protecting the planet and your pocket too.Published 30 July 2005