Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Grand Scenic - 5th Report
15 November 2011
Author: Tony Rock
At a time when the Government has raised the subject of lifting speed limits, Renault has seen fit to equip the Scenic, as it does other models, with a standard speed limiter.
There's a switch located by the gear stick that allows the selection of either the speed limiter or cruise control functions. Once the speed limiter has been enabled, it's then a question of setting a top speed via the steering wheel controls as you would when operating cruise control. The desired speed limit appears in the message screen and the minimum speed that can be set is 20mph.
In normal driving the set speed cannot be exceeded. However, it is possible to override the system by pressing the accelerator "firmly and fully", to use Renault's words. The function becomes active again when you next reach a speed that's slower than the one stored.
Obviously designed to keep drivers the right side of the law by stopping unconscious speed-creep, the limiter has the useful side effect of saving fuel and therefore reducing emissions.
Throw in stop/start, a gear-shift indicator, regenerative braking and the aforementioned cruise control, and the Grand Scenic carries plenty of fuel and CO2-saving tools.
|Renault Grand Scenic 1.6 dCi 130 Dyn. TT|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Actual CPM ||56.4p |
|Why we’re running it||To sample Renault’s crucial |
new 1.6 diesel engine in the
UK’s most fuel-efficient
|Plus||Smooth motorway performer|
|Minus||Exterior looks haven’t |
improved with time