Renault Scenic (2016 – 2019) Review

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Renault Scenic (2016 – 2019) At A Glance

Practical back row and large boot. Generous level of standard safety technology. Easy to drive. 5 year 100,000 mile warranty from December 2019.

Standard-fit 20-inch wheels impact ride quality. Tyres are an unusual size. High tech electronic mean heating and ventilation is controlled by a vertical touch screen.

New prices start from £20,485
Insurance Groups are between 10–20
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

With its standard 20-inch wheels and chunky, almost-a-crossover styling, the Renault Scenic is a far cry from dull MPVs of the past. But, despite its radical new look it’s still a sensible and capable family car, with loads of cabin space, a big boot and some clever touches.

The back row of seats is comfortable, with enough head and legroom for adults or, more importantly, for three children. The wide-opening rear doors provide easy access, plus there are two rear Isofix points and one on the front passenger seat. On all but entry-level models the rear seats fold with one-touch buttons in the boot.

For those who have a bigger family there is a Grand Scenic, which is slightly longer to accommodate a pair of occasional-use seats that fold out of the boot. 

The boot capacity is 572 litres with the rear seats in place and the load deck is flat to make loading easier. Pushchairs, shopping and other family bits and pieces will fit easily and there is a false floor for hiding little things like tablet computers. The only issue is the chunky rear bumper, which will likely get scuffed when sliding things in and out.

Bluetooth and DAB is standard, as is a large, crisp touchscreen system. On all but basic Expression+ models it comes with TomTom navigation and includes Live services, like traffic alerts. Importantly, standard safety tech includes auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and cruise control on all models.  

The engine range includes 110PS, 130PS and 160PS diesels, plus there is a 1.2-litre TCe petrol with either 115PS or 130PS. Of these the 1.5 dCi 110PS diesel is probably the best bet, since it blends low emissions and official economy of more than 70mpg with decent performance and good refinement.

On the road the Scenic is easy to drive, with light controls and quiet engines, but the big wheels mean ride quality is a little unsettled over rough surfaces and there is some road noise on coarse British tarmac. On the motorway or around town this is no real issue, though.

With its generous level of standard safety kit, stylish looks and practical cabin, the Renault Scenic is a real contender next to rival cars. The Kia Carens is better value and the Ford C-MAX is better to drive, but there’s still every reason to give the Renault Scenic a look.

Renault Grand Scenic 2016 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Renault Scenic (2016 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

74%

Real MPG

42–59 mpg

MPGs submitted

16

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Can you recommend a plug-in hybrid for us?
My wife and I are both in our 70s and we have two cars (a Renault Scenic and a Citroen C3) but we would like to go down to one. This will probably be our last car and we would like a plug-in hybrid as we both feel that an electric car would be too inflexible. We would like something no bigger (and preferably smaller) than the Scenic but reasonably high in order to make getting in and out of it easy. What would you recommend?
I'd be tempted to avoid the plug-in hybrid and choose a self-charging hybrid. The latter doesn't have any plugs or leads to worry about and you'll get a lot more for your money, as plug-hybrids tend to be quite expensive. My recommendations would be: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate 1.8 hybrid: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-touring-sport-2019/ Or the C-HR crossover: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016/ Lexus NX: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/nx-2014/ I'd also recommend looking at nearly new examples of the above cars, we there are lots of low-mileage 2020 and 2019 cars on the used market right now: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/?age=1&l=0&miles=1000
Answered by Dan Powell
I'm replacing my Renault Grand Modus soon - is it smart to stick with a diesel or swap to an electric car?
I've owned a Renault Grand Modus for the last 7years. I Iike the car very much, but it's showing it's age. I have £7000 - £10,000 to spend on a used car and I have been offered £1000 for my Modus against a 2016 diesel Renault Scenic, £700 for a 2016 diesel Citroen C3 Picasso and £500-£700 against a 2013 Renault Zoe. I cannot decide which car to buy. My heart says go for the Renault Zoe for the environment, but with the Zoe, it would be the early models with a range of only 100 miles. On the other hand, I could stick to a diesel - which I'm used to. I would appreciate your advice in helping two old codgers (late 70's) who enjoy driving.
It depends on the mileage you do, really. If you mainly do short journeys around town and can charge at home, a Zoe would work a lot better than a diesel. It won't be as practical as the other cars you're looking at, though. I'd avoid a diesel unless you cover high motorway miles. As an alternative, I'd suggest a petrol Honda Jazz. It's very versatile, reliable and cheap to run.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why isn't my heater working?
The heater in my Renault Scenic has stopping working. I've checked the fuse, but it's working fine. Any suggestions?
Have you checked the coolant level? When you say it has stopped, is that the fan motor (is it blowing cold air)? Check the heater pipes/hoses going into the bulkhead (to the heater matrix). See if they're both hot or if one is hot and one is cold. If one is cold then it could be that the heater matrix is blocked.
Answered by Alan Ross
What is the EDC gearbox in the Renault Scenic like?
I like the look of the new model Renault Scenic and am considering changing my lovely BMW E89 Z4 M Sport auto for one. The Dynamique S Nav appears to be a good spec with fold down seats for my RC helicopters. However, I would want a Scenic automatic, which Renault call an EDC gearbox. Can you give any information on this automatic? How robust is it, any likely problems? Is it as smooth as my BMW 8 gear auto or is this just an automated manual?
EDC means 'Efficient Dual Clutch', like a DSG or as Powershift. Not available with higher power engines, which suggests it might be dry clutch rather than oil clutch. But I can't remember any complaints of failures. (I'd also take a look at a Citroen C4 Picasso and a Peugeot 3008, both with PSA's 1.2 PureTech 130 petrol engine and the compact EAT6 torque converter auto.)
Answered by Honest John

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