Renault Grand Scenic Road Test

Renault Grand Scenic (Interior View)

Renault Grand Scenic Review

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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.

The Competition
  • BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
  • Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
  • Fiat 500L MPW
  • Ford Grand C Max
  • Peugeot 5008
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 Melanie Carter
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Renault Grand Scenic Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom ENERGY 1.6 dCi 130 Stop & Startc
Body Type5-door MPV
ColourDamask Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11.1 Seconds
Top Speed 121 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)114 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban55.4 mpg
Extra Urban70.6 mpg
Combined64.2 mpg
Insurance Group24E
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty4-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)

The information contained within this Renault Grand Scenic review may have changed since publication on the 3 February 2015. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Renault dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018