Renault has announced UK pricing and specification for its 2012 Scenic and Grand Scenic MPV models – the two vehicles are on sale now, available for £18,325 and £19,725 on-the-road respectively.
The predecessors of these two models both performed well in the Which? test labs and the Grand Scenic was particularly impressive in the Euro NCAP crash tests. It scored a full five stars with 91% for adult protection and 99% for safety assist features.
Competitive levels of equipment
Following Renault’s recent range cull, the 2012 Scenic and Grand Scenic are now being sold in only one trim level – Dynamique TomTom.
As such the brace of MPVs come as standard with strong levels of equipment: automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, satellite navigation and 16-inch alloy wheels are included in the price, while rear parking sensors and LED running lights have been added as standard-fit equipment.
Both vehicles feature Hill Start Assist, a system that prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when pulling away on a gradient.
The Scenic and Grand Scenic will also be the first Renault models to include the firm’s new Visio System – a package that includes a lane departure warning and an automatic high/low beam headlight function.
Revised styling for Scenic
Accompanying the changes are a series of minor styling revisions.
The new Scenic and Grand Scenic both receive new individual bumper designs, featuring gloss black and chrome detailing, plus LED daytime running lights and a new set of taillights.
Renault says it gives the cars a more contemporary look, but has it come at the cost of some of the originals’ cohesiveness?
Range of diesel and petrol engines
The new Scenic and Grand Scenic share the same line-up of diesel and petrol engines.
Diesel choices are a 110bhp 1.6-litre dCi and a 130bhp 1.6-litre dCi, both available with start-stop technology; petrol choices are a 110bhp 1.6-litre and Renault’s new 1.2-litre turbocharged engine producing 115bhp. The latter will be available from early April.
The most efficient engine offered is the 110bhp 1.6-litre dCi with start-stop, returning a claimed 68.9mpg combined and emissions of 105g/km CO2. The range topping 130bhp diesel engine with start-stop comes close however, returning a claimed 64.2mpg combined and emissions of 114g/km CO2.
According to Renault, efficiency remains as before, although our own testing of the previous generation 130bhp 1.6-litre dCi Scenic recorded economy and emissions of 54.3mpg combined and 138g/km – so don’t expect to match the manufacturer’s figures on the road.