Although it is a vehicle designed for family use, it has a place on retired folks shopping list ...
Renault has pretty much conquered the people carrier market for some while with their range of Scenic and Espace mutli-purpose vehicles.
We are now testing the Grand Scenic, the long-wheelbased seven seat version of the ever popular Scenic that was introduced way back in 1996. And now competes with the likes of its rival the Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max, Vauxhall Zafira and the Volkswagen Touran.
Although it is a vehicle designed for family use, it has a place on retired folks shopping lists as it is so practical and could also be considered by business users that need the carrying capability by day and family friendliness at the weekends.
What We Tested
We tested the Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom ENERGY 1.6 dCi 130 Stop & Start with 6-speed manual gearbox priced at £23,615 OTR (£25,330 with options vehicle tested) at the time of testing.
Driving and Performance
We are testing the Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom ENERGY powered by the 1.6 dCi diesel engine producing 130 hp at 4,000 rpm / 320 Nm from 1,750 rpm. At the time of testing this engine was not Euro6 compliant should this be of interest.
There are petrol engines available, which are probably best avoided, and a 1.5-litre diesel which is a good match as well as the 1.6-litre unit we were testing.
The 1.6-litre engine is capable of 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds for the 6-speed manual we were testing, with a top speed of 121mph and 109mph (for the 5-speed automatic).
We have no real complaints about the turbo diesel engine; except if you left the revs drop you can be left floundering, so you do have to work the gearbox to get the most out of it. It is not the most refined of engines with some vibration back into the cabin but it is quite quiet with road noise being more concerning.
Renault quote fuel consumption figures of Urban – 55.4 mpg, Extra-urban – 70.6 mpg and on the all important combined cycle– 64.2 mpg with C02 emissions of 114 g/km putting it into VED band C.
On the motorway we were seeing very near to 60 mpg – over a mixed touring route this was nearer to 46 mpg and dropped around town to the mid-thirties.
It features stop/start technology and we are not great fans of this – the reason being is that can be intrusive and disconcerting. On the Grand Scenic we did note that when moving from 1st to reverse it would often cut the engine, which is quite irritating.
The electric power steering does take away any real feel but most people are not going to complain and the handling is tidy for this type of car – it is not going to disappoint, if you do not expect hatchback dynamics.
The ride is compliant and it edges on the firm side of comfort but again no real complaints.