ScÚnic has matured into an almost full-sized family MPV; and now there's the long-wheelbase seven-seater Grand ScÚnic, too. It's not quite as nimble to drive as before, but it's still an excellent choice.
- Good looking, roomy and practical
- Smooth ride and a comfortable cabin
- Another modern Renault that earns five safety stars
- 1.4 16v and 1.5 dCi are leisurely performers
- 2.0 petrol engine gets loud at high revs
- Steering is a bit too light and remote
Who needs an Espace? The roomy ScÚnic is now available as a seven-seater - Grand ScÚnic - as well as in the original five-seat format. Either way, it's hardly a compact MPV any more: this is a large, weighty family-sized people-carrier. Perhaps as a result, it has lost the pleasingly car-like handling qualities of its predecessor.
It's extremely comfortable and well equipped, there's loads of luggage space, and it rides well, with noise well-suppressed. 1.5 and 1.9 dCi diesels are the recommended choices, with plenty of pulling power and good cruising abilities. The petrol engines struggle a bit, especially with the big Grand ScÚnic body.
Renault offers an extensive, slightly confusing range of specifications, trims and options, so there is scope for a bespoke vehicle.
Like Megane, this ScÚnic has complex electronics and electrics, including keyless entry/ignition, but so far it all seems to work reliably. It's likely to hold its value well.
Need To Know
JD Power stars: 3
Best Models: 1.6 16v, 1.9 dCi
Worst Models: 1.4 16v
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money