Renault Scenic Review

Renault Scenic Conquest
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Renault Scenic Review

Renault Scenic Review | Part TwoRenault Scenic Road Test

“It’s a city country thing”. So proclaims the advertising campaign for the Renault Scenic Conquest, a Special Edition that was launched in June.

“It’s a city country thing”. So proclaims the advertising campaign for the Renault Scenic Conquest, a Special Edition that was launched in June.

It is quite different to the normal Scenic. It has more robust features such as the black graphite bumpers, the different front grille and the skid plates, which have a chrome finish and are easily visible. The hefty rubbing strips, black wheel-arches and sill also set it apart and give the impression that the Conquest is an accomplished off-roader. But that isn’t the case.

The chassis has been stiffened to cope with more adventurous driving and the suspension has been strengthened and adjusted for comfort over rougher terrain. The dampers have extra travel and the ground clearance is 20mm higher than that of the standard Scenic, ESP and ASR Automatic Slip Regulation helps in sticky situations, however, the Conquest lacks the necessary 4WD transmission, for customers to take to the hills.

Renault’s argument is that the Conquest offers the best of both worlds, as it has the properties of an SUV and the versatility of an MPV. It resembles an off-roader but is not bogged down by the extra weight of a 4WD system, which would also have an adverse effect on fuel economy. So, apart from the extra ground clearance, which allows for rutted farm tracks and uneven surfaces, the Conquest is not all-conquering.

Nevertheless, the spirit of adventure and exploration is continued inside, where orange contour lines can be seen on the dark grey, anodised, centre console. There are other hints of orange on the stitching detail, between the headrest panels and, most notably, the ‘cayenne’ orange seatbelts.

Renault Scenic Review | Part TwoRenault Scenic Road Test
Renault Scenic Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Scenic Conquest 1.9dCi 130PS
  
Body TypeMPV
ColourCayenne Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.6 Seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban38.2mpg
Extra Urban53.3mpg
Combined47.1mpg
  
Insurance Group8
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3 year/60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 28/10/07)£19,135

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