That said once the Renault Grand Scenic gets going it performs well.
The engine in the Renault Grand Scenic test car was the eco2, 1.5 dCi 106, where it produced 106PS at 4,000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. It was mated to the 6-speed manual 'box with a very short first gear and a strange clutch dwell. While it may produce only 135g/km of CO2 and be very fuel efficient, it might be better to go for a larger engine, if you intend to carry a full compliment of passengers on a regular basis.
That said once the Renault Grand Scenic gets going it performs well. It takes 13.3 seconds to get from standstill to 62mph and the top speed is 112mph. The ride is not in the slightest bit wallowy but you can feel that it is built to carry a load. Nonetheless, it is very easy to drive and park, with good all-round visibility and high seating position.
Around town, the dCi 106 should return somewhere in the region of 47.1mpg; on the extra-urban cycle, 61.4mpg and the combined is 55.4mpg. As you might expect, this is the most frugal unit in the Renault Grand Scenic range. That said, there is a lower output version of this engine but it is only available in the Renault Scenic.
A quick mention about safety; all Renault Grand Scenics come with ABS with EBD and ESP. The driver and front passenger are protected by two-stage, auto-adaptive airbags and lateral airbags and there are also front and rear curtain airbags for the second row of passengers.
Despite the minor criticisms, I enjoyed the Renault Grand Scenic. It has plenty of space for everyone, it is well appointed but with loads of optional extras should you so wish - and they are extras. It provides a relaxing drive in comfortable seats, even in the third row, and is ultra flexible.7 October 2009
Renault Grand Scenic Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi Dynamique|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||61.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 07/10/09)||£19,095|