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Renault Scenic (2009–2016)

Last updated 17 October 2018

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.
Updated 3 August 2018

Report of check auto gearbox message on dash of 2012 Renault Grand Scenic at 43k miles. Car wouldn't start and gearbox stuck in Park. Renault diagnosed need for new automatic gearbox ecu. Wand £1050...

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Introduction

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

Owners' reviews

4
Good all round car.
5
Relaxed and practical motoring.
5
VERY GOOD FOR MY MOBILITY SCOOTER
4
Providing your're not looking for hot hatch performance a very relaxing, smooth drive, if not particularly economical
r&gl
3
completly spoilt the 2004 scenics with this new version
5
A joy to drive
 

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