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The great disparity between claimed and real-world MPG continues apace. Renault's figures state a Grand Scenic equipped with the 109bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine is capable of 68.9mpg. Though our test fuel consumption of just over 50mpg is very competitive, it is a long way short of the official figure.

Fortunately, the CO2 figures are set in stone and, for the smallest Grand Scenic diesel, are commendably low. Fitted with stop start, it is rated at 105g/km. Not only does this make it eligible for £20 road tax, it means company users will pay just 16 per cent benefit-in-kind tax.

Matt Burt

Matt Burt

Executive Editor, Autocar
The Renault Grand Scenic should prove pretty reliable

Equally impressively, you'll only pay 17 per cent BIK on the 128bhp flagship 1.2-litre TCE petrol, so it's an option well worth considering for company car users.

Although the Scenic had things almost to itself back in 1996, the seven-seat MPV market is now a crowded one, but one in which the Grand Scenic still makes a very competitive case for itself.

Its price is keen and equipment levels and option prices are similarly strong; the cost of leather seats and metallic paint, for example, are all at the lower end of the spectrum among its rivals.

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Service intervals are long, with 18,000 miles or two years between oil filter changes. 

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