► New Scenic starts from £21,445
► 7-seat Grand Scenic from £23,375
► Orders open 1 December 2016
Renault has tried something a little different with its new fourth-gen Scenic. Once-booming sales of midi-MPVs like the Scenic and its ilk have slowed to a trickle as fickle buyers flit to SUVs and crossovers, and the new Scenic is considered to be something of a last-ditch attempt at regaining their attention.
With swoopy design cues, an off-roader-y stance and enormous 20in wheels as standard across the range, next month is the moment of truth as the new Scenic goes on sale in the UK – and Renault has confirmed that pricing will start from £21,445.
As before, buyers will be able to pick from a standard five-seater Scenic or a slightly larger, seven-seat Grand Scenic model. The Grand naturally has a grander price tag, costing around a grand-and-half extra on average, model for model.
How does the range shape up?
Four trims: Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav.
Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard on all new Scenics, along with a 7in touchscreen, Bluetooth and cruise control. Dynamique S trims and above get a larger 8.7in touchscreen with a reversing camera.
You’ve a choice from five: two petrols, three diesels.
- Both 1.2 litres, both turbocharged, both manual-only, one with 113bhp and one with 128bhp.
- 1.5-litre dCi 110 (with 109bhp and a choice of manual or dual-clutch auto gearboxes)
- 1.6-litre dCi 130 (128bhp, manual only)
- 1.5-litre dCi 160 (158bhp, dual-clutch only)
Best CO2 and fuel economy figures belong to the dCi 110 manual, at 100g/km and 72.4mpg respectively.
There will be, from spring next year. The Renault Scenic ‘Hybrid Assist’ combines the dCi 110 diesel engine and manual gearbox with an electric motor and 48V battery to help it about its business and recuperate energy under deceleration.
It’ll beat the plain old unassisted dCi 110 for CO2 and mpg, managing 92g/km and 80.7mpg combined.
A successful last roll of the dice for the midi-MPV? Let’s see how many orders are placed when the car officially goes on sale on 1 December 2016. Deliveries will start later the same month.
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