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Renault Scenic (2009-13)

Overall Rating

4 stars

ScÚnic has matured into an almost full-sized family MPV with seating for five and plenty of space for luggage, It's not quite a nimble drive, but it's an excellent choice.

  • Spacious compact MPV
  • Improved fuel efficient engines
  • Well-suppressed engine noise
  • Light steering
  • Confusing amount of trims and versions
Road Test

The compact MPV is actually more of a 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. Three new engines and transmissions appear in the ScÚnic range for the first time, including the 1.4 TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) 130, 2.0 VVT 140 CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and 2.0 dCi 160 FAP. With an aluminium block and single-scroll turbo, this new 1,397cc powerplant boasts the power of a 1.8-litre engine (130hp) and the torque of a 2.0-litre (190Nm). Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, it is particularly fuel efficient and also respectful of the environment, thanks to combined cycle fuel consumption of 39.8 mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 168g/km. Plenty of pulling power and good cruising abilities. 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. The ScÚnic has been priced to undercut all of its key rivals.

Need To Know

Replacement: 2012

Renault Scenic (2009-13)
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Quality & Reliability

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Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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