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Renault Scenic: Test Drive Review

Date: 04 November 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Mini-MPV
P11D price: £18,615
Key rival: Citroen C4 Picasso

Renault hopes the new version of the Scenic will halt the falling sales seen for the first half of the year.

Scenic fleet registrations so far this year have been little more than a tenth of what they were last year, but the new model is a marked improvement on the outgoing car.

This is our first UK drive of the all-new five-seat mini-MPV and we're as impressed now as we were on the international launch.

Interior materials quality is first rate and the layout of the flat-screen dashboard is better for right-hand drive cars over the left-hookers (fewer readings are obscured).

At launch we tested the 110PS 1.5 dCi engine, but the 130PS 1.9 dCi we've now driven offers a significant performance hike with only a small decrease in efficiency. The engine is also smooth and refined, sits in the 20% BIK band and is capable of more than 50mpg.

The same positive comments can't be made about the optional TomTom satnav that's easily the most complicated system we've seen. It may be a reasonable £450, but it's not an option we'd select.

The only other real negative about the car is the residual value. Renault may have registered fewer Scenics this year than the year before, but KwikCarcost gives the car a 29.7% RV figure, resulting in a 45.1 pence per mile running cost.

Renault Scenic 1.9 dCi Dynamique
P11D price£18,615
Model price range£13,595-£22,295
Fuel consumption51.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 145g/km (20%)
BIK 20/40% per month£62/£124
Service interval18,000mls
Insurancegroup 9
Warranty3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max)437/1837 litres
Engine size/power1870cc/130PS
Top speed/0-62mph121mph/9.4secs
On sale July 2009
Score7/10
VerdictImpressive mini-MPV,
plenty of room and quality


Verdict


Impressive mini-MPV, plenty of room and quality
7/10

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