New Scenic On Sale From 1st August | Part Eight

Insurance groups and running costs

Thanks to its common platform shared with Mégane Hatch and Sport Hatch, the New Scénic has benefited from class-leading insurance groups and running costs.

With an entry-level insurance group of 4E for 1.4 16V and 1.5dCi models, New Scénic customers can look forward to an improvement of a whole two groups over the first generation 1.4 16V Scénic. The highest insurance group for New Scénic is 8E, again two groups lower than its equivalent predecessor.

Low insurance groups contribute to low running costs for the New Scénic when combined with its low initial price, 18,000 mile service intervals, 12 year anti-corrosion warranty, three-year 60,000 mile warranty plus all its crash protection and security features.

New Scénic is equipped with components specially designed to cope with small impacts resulting in little damage to the car. On manner of testing this is known as the Danner impact which determines the insurance classification of vehicles in Germany and is becoming widely used in Europe. It consists of three impacts: actual front and rear at 9mph, and theoretical side at 5mph.

Extruded aluminium cross-members at front and rear absorb practically all impact energy up to 10mph. These removable, unpainted cross-members are the only bodywork parts affected protecting parts such as the radiator and cooling fan system. This bolt-on cross-member reduces repair costs by eliminating any need for welding or painting. It should also be noted that the "soft nose" front bumper has been designed to protect the headlamps and the mechanical components in the event of a low-speed impact. At the rear, a "fusible belt" (patented by Renault) forms part of the bottom of the rear hatch and has been developed to protect the integrity of the hatch itself in the event of a light impact.

Theft protection and immobilisation

New Scénic also benefits from the latest developments in the area of anti-intrusion and anti-theft protection. The driver’s door lock incorporates a freely rotating barrel protected by a shield. Casings protect all the mechanisms and operation takes place by cables which make all attempts at "hooking" more difficult. The engine management unit beneath the bonnet is also protected. Unlike conventional immobilise systems, the Renault Card and its sensors use a procedure of mutual interrogation. The identification code contained in the card transponder uses a rolling code and the electrical control of the latch is coded. The steering column is fitted with an anti-theft unit strengthened against the use of force.

Finally, deadlocking is only available in the UK. It allows the internal door handles to be disconnected by pressing twice on the Renault Card. This means the doors cannot be opened from inside even when entry has been gained by breaking a window.

Conclusion

As the compact-MPV market heats up with new rivals entering the sector, the New Renault Scénic continues on from where the first generation Mégane Scénic left off in addressing the needs of its buyers, yet raising the bar in terms of desirability, technology, driveability and passenger comfort, flexibility, and running costs.

Launched on 19 September 2003, and available to order on 1 August 2003, the New Scénic will once again be the reference point for all other competitors and the choice of compact-MPV buyers who realise that the company who made the original and the best have made the New Scénic even better.

Published 20 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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