The Renault Grand Scenic is a clever car ...
The Renault Grand Scenic has not been tested by Euro NCAP since 2009 – which is a shame as for most families this is an important buying factor. Since 2009 when the then current Grand Scenic scored five stars – 91% Adult Occupant, 76% Child Occupant, 42% Pedestrian and 99% for Safety Assist the tests have become more stringent and these results cannot be compared to current tests.
Renault has an excellent reputation for accident and safety research in a similar way that Volvo does.
Active safety equipment comprises ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with ASR traction control and CSV understeer control plus Hill Start Assist.
Passive safety equipment includes three-point ISOFIX child seat mounts on all three second row seats, an array of airbags with two stage inflation.
Being a Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom ENERGY it comes with Tom Tom satellite navigation, but rather then something you stick on the window this is a plumbed in system located in the centre of the dashboard. The mapping is clear and there are some good features such as speed warning and camera alerts, it supports full post code entry and you can add apps via the optional R-Link system. The maps are on an SD card and they are relatively easy to update but at additional expense as are subscriptions to TOM TOM live and additional European mapping.
Our test car came with the optional R-Link – Multimedia System including 7" touch screen, TomTom® Live Satellite navigation system (includes 3 months Live services subscription), application Store, Eco Driving Menu, Bluetooth®, USB and Handsfree technology for an extra £200.
The audio equipment comprises a single slot CD player with FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod support – there is also an aux in and 12v socket. This is mounted in the central console in front of the gear lever which is easy to access but it would leave an iPod exposed if you didn’t remove it each time you left the car. Also the lack of a DAB radio tuner seems in this day and age a little lacking.
Our test car was fitted with the optional BOSE+ Pack and which comprises of BOSE Energy Efficient Sound System: 9 speakers, radio, CD & MP3 with digital amplifier plus a number of other elements to upgrade the car.
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What We Liked
- People and Load Carrying Capability
- Not too bad to drive
What We Disliked
- Central Digital Speedo – too offset, but you may get used to it
- Intrusive Stop/Start Technology
The Renault Grand Scenic is a clever car which is perfectly suited to the demands of family life, it can carry up to seven people and their luggage, and it can be turned into a useful minivan to carry home the new washing machine and take the old one to the recycling centre. It is not the most dynamic of cars, but it is one of best versatile family vehicles and for this reason it comes highly recommended.3 February 2015
Renault Grand Scenic Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom ENERGY 1.6 dCi 130 Stop & Startc|
|Body Type||5-door MPV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||121 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||114 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||70.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||4-Year / 100,000 mile (First 2-years unlimited mileage) warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 03/02/15)||£23,615 OTR (£25,330 with options vehicle tested)|