What is it?
This is the new Renault Scenic, which the French car maker hopes will take it back to the forefront of the five-seat MPV market by building on its reputation for cost-effective, practical motoring.
To this end, prices are an average of £2000 less than for the previous model, leading to our estimated £17,500 price for this car. Longer servicing intervals on some parts make running costs cheaper and there are more frugal, cleaner engines on offer too.
The new engines reflect some of the trend for downsizing, and when the car goes on sale next month they include the 1.4 Turbo Control Efficiency (TCe) 130, 2.0 VVT 140 CVT and 2.0 dCi 160 FAP.
However, we’re testing the Renault Scénic 1.5 dCi 110 Privilège, which won’t be available in the UK until early 2010. What’s more, while we tested the engine with a manual gearbox, the current plan is that it will only be available in the UK with Renault’s DCT dual-clutch transmission system.
The Privilege trim level is the range-topper and adds dual-zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, part-leather upholstery, rear parking sensors and a sliding central storage unit to an already extensive equipment list that includes just about everything you could think of – plus many you wouldn’t, but will come to appreciate.