Review: Renault Scenic (2009 – 2016)

Rating:

Comfortable for seven. Great chain-cam 1.4 TCe 130 engine. Brilliant new chain-cam 1.6 dCi 130 diesel engine from mid 2011.

2.0 dCi torque a bit disappointing.

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1 August 2019

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Renault Scenic (2009 – 2016): At A Glance

Just as Renault was first in Europe with a full size MPV (the innovative Espace), it was also first in Europe with a mid size MPV. Now we are into the third generation of Renault Scenic. So is it just change for the sake of change, or have they managed to make it significantly better?

For marketing reasons, the UK gets the 7-seater Grand Scenic first, in May, and the shorter 5-seater Scenic will follow in July. The new Renault Grand Scenic is remarkable value for money, with prices starting at £1,060 less than before, for more car. £14,995 for the base model 1.6 Extreme undercuts the worthy, but van-derived VW Caddy Maxi Life by £1,000.

Obviously, as features increase and better engines find their way under the bonnets, Grand Scenics start to get dearer. Diesels start at £16,495, for the lowest emission 7-seater you can buy (138g/km). While the best engine (in my opinion, anyway) is the chain-cam, water-cooled turbo petrol 1.4TCE 130, from £17,595.

Renault Grand Scenic 2009 Road Test

What does a Renault Scenic (2009 – 2016) cost?

List Price from £21,715
Buy new from £17,710
Contract hire from £237.90 per month

Renault Scenic (2009 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4344–4573 mm
Width 1810–2077 mm
Height 1636–1671 mm
Wheelbase 2702–2770 mm

Full specifications

The centre three seats slide, tumble and completely remove individually. The rearmost pair of seats individually pull out of the load deck very easily indeed and are decently comfortable for a 5 9 adult (me) to sit in, at an 89 degree angle, with plenty of room for my hat. 

All Grand Scenics offer front and rear floor storage boxes, storage trays under the front seats, height-adjustable drivers seat, multi adjustable steering wheel and a digital dash (of which more later). Theyre all loaded with safety kit, including ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESP, front and rear curtain airbags, front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting, etc. All come with standard aircon. 

Start spending a bit more and you get more spec. You can actually see most of it in the video, but Id still like to mention the stunning TFT screen dashboard display, from Expression spec up, and the fantastic value-for-money Carminat Tom Tom Satnav that warns of speed limits, and speed cameras, is easily updatable by SD card, yet costs just £450 as an optional extra. 

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What's the Renault Scenic (2009 – 2016) like to drive?

Just as Renault was first in Europe with a full size MPV (the innovative Espace), it was also first in Europe with a mid size MPV. Now we are into the third generation of Scenic. So is it just change for the sake of change, or have they managed to make it significantly better? For marketing reasons, the UK gets the 7-seater Grand Scenic first, in May, and the shorter 5-seater Scenic will follow in July.

The new Renault Grand Scenic is remarkable value for money, with prices starting at £1,060 less than before, for more car. £14,995 for the base model 1.6 Extreme undercuts the worthy, but van-derived VW Caddy Maxi Life by £1,000.

Obviously, as features increase and better engines find their way under the bonnets, Grand Scenics start to get dearer. Diesels start at £16,495, for the lowest emission 7-seater you can buy (138g/km). While the best engine (in my opinion, anyway) is the chain-cam, water-cooled turbo petrol 1.4TCE 130, from £17,595.

The centre three seats slide, tumble and completely remove individually. The rearmost pair of seats individually pull out of the load deck very easily indeed and are decently comfortable for a 5 9 adult (me) to sit in, at an 89 degree angle, with plenty of room for my hat.

All Grand Scenics offer front and rear floor storage boxes, storage trays under the front seats, height-adjustable drivers seat, multi adjustable steering wheel and a digital dash (of which more later). Theyre all loaded with safety kit, including ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESP, front and rear curtain airbags, front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting, etc. All come with standard aircon.

Start spending a bit more and you get more spec. You can actually see most of it in the video, but Id still like to mention the stunning TFT screen dashboard display, from Expression spec up, and the fantastic value-for-money Carminat Tom Tom Satnav that warns of speed limits, and speed cameras, is easily updatable by SD card, yet costs just £450 as an optional extra.

The specs and dimensions are covered below so you can check exactly what you get for your money there.

We drove two specs and engines. A Privilege with the 2.0 litre 160PS Renault/Nissan Alliance diesel (list price £22,695). And a Dynamique with the TCe 130 1.4 litre petrol engine (list price £18,595).

Both cars rode well on their new Megane suspension, though the diesel disappointed me. It was a good cruiser, sensibly geared, but the weight of the engine made it less responsive, breaking into understeer in typical MPV fashion. And though it developed a strong 380Nm torque, there wasnt much of that low down. Let the revs die below 1,500 and youre in trouble, faced with either a lack of response or a near stall.

The 1.4TCe, on the other hand, is astonishingly good. Quiet, refined, and much more flexible at low revs, even pulling cleanly from 1,000rpm after rounding a roundabout in 5th.

It figures quite well, too, at the same 173g/km as the 2.0 litre diesel (you need the 1.9 130 or 1.5 106 diesels to get under 160g/km), but 38.7mpg combined v/s 50.4 combined for the 2.0 diesel. Factor in the 10% higher price of diesel fuel and the difference shrinks a bit, while the 1.4TCe is nicer to drive and cheaper to buy.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 TCe 44 mpg 12.6 s 140 g/km
1.2 TCe 115 46–47 mpg 11.7–12.6 s 135–140 g/km
1.2 TCe 130 44–46 mpg 11.4–12.3 s 140–145 g/km
1.4 TCe 38–40 mpg 10.5–11.5 s 168–170 g/km
1.5 dCi 69 mpg 12.5 s 105 g/km
1.5 dCi 106 52–58 mpg 12.3–13.4 s 130–140 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 54–69 mpg 12.3–13.5 s 105–128 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 EDC 57–60 mpg 14.3 s 124–130 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 Stop/Start 69 mpg 12.5 s 105 g/km
1.5 dCi 86 55 mpg 16.4 s 130 g/km
1.5 dCi EDC 57–60 mpg 13.4 s 124–130 g/km
1.6 dCi 50–64 mpg 10.3–11.5 s 114–149 g/km
1.6 dCi 130 63–64 mpg 10.3–11.1 s 114–116 g/km
1.6 dCi 130 Stop & Start 64 mpg 10.3 s 114–115 g/km
1.6 VVT 36–69 mpg 11.7–13.5 s 105–185 g/km
1.9 dCi 47–51 mpg 9.4–11.5 s 145–159 g/km
2.0 16V VVT 34 mpg 10.9 s 193 g/km
2.0 CVT 35 mpg 10.6–11.5 s 186 g/km
2.0 CVT Automatic 35 mpg 10.6 s 186 g/km
2.0 dCi 43 mpg 9.1 s 173 g/km
2.0 dCi 150 49 mpg 9.8 s 154 g/km
2.0 dCi 150 Automatic 40 mpg 10.1 s 184 g/km
2.0 dCi 160 43 mpg 9.5 s 173 g/km
2.0 dCi Automatic 40 mpg 9.7 s 184 g/km

Real MPG average for a Renault Scenic (2009 – 2016)

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Average performance

77%

Real MPG

25–65 mpg

MPGs submitted

498

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Why do I smell burning when I use my heater?

I have started to smell burning when I put the heater on my Renault Grand Scenic 2005. The heater only works on three and four. Do you have any idea of what it could be and what it may cost?
The heater motor is burning out and the burning smell is burning. Do not used the heater at all until the heater motor as well as the fan speed resistor are replaced. It will cost hundreds not thousands. Might involve quite a lot of dismantling to replace the heater motor.
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