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£21.5k price tag for the latest Renault Scenic

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Grand Scenic

Prices are confirmed for the new Renault mini-MPV with big aspirations to save the sector.

The new Renault Scenic has an SUV-inspired appearance as it makes a bid to breathe new life into the struggling MPV sector. The new Scenic and the Grand Scenic are both available to order from the start of next month (December).

Buyers can choose from four different trim levels; the Expression+, the Dynamique Nav, the Dynamique S Nav and the Signature Nav. As suggested by the names, all but the lowest specification models get satellite navigation as standard. The entry level Renault Scenic with a TCe petrol engine delivering 113bhp costs £21,445, while prices for the Renault Grand Scenic start at £23,375.

There is also the option of a 109bhp diesel unit in the Renault Scenic, with prices starting at £22,445, while a dci 160 Signature Nav with automatic transmission will cost £30,645 and the seven-seater version of the Grand Scenic will have a price tag of at least £32,445.

Safety kit for the new Renault Scenic

The new Scenic will include active emergency braking as standard, complete with pedestrian detection, auto high beams, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning. The standard equipment list also includes climate control LED daytime running lights, auto wipers and lights, leather steering wheel, seven-inch touchscreen and DAB radio.

The Dynamique Nav trim also benefits from rear and front parking sensors, driving mode selector, sliding centre console, and fatigue alert. The Dynamique S Nav models get a parking camera at the rear, tinted back windows, a panoramic sunroof and an 8.7-inch touchscreen, while the Signature Nav includes memory seats, leather upholstery and LED headlights.

There is the potential to invest in a Safety Pack Premium, which features lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, together with a parking pack adding 360-degree sensors, blind spot warning and hands free parking. There is also an option to upgrade to leather upholstery and premium Bose speakers.

Crossover-inspired design

Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s chief designer, wants the new Scenic to entice parents to ‘fall in love’ with it as they did when the original car was launched in 1996. Van den Acker has also gone as far as to say that if the new incarnation fails to sell than the whole MPV market ‘deserves to die’. He said that the new Renault Scenic was the car to breathe life into the sector, if that was still possible.

The design of the new Scenic has obviously been inspired by the Kadjar SUV with its larger wheels and elevated stance. This is an illusion, however, as 20-inch standard-fit wheels simply trick the mind into thinking that the suspension has been pumped up.

In fact, the roof is lower than before and the windscreen is further forward to create a sleeker design. This is a technique that has proved popular in mainland Europe. Van den Acker says that the design creates a ‘more modern’ take on an MPV.

The new Renault Scenic shares a platform with the next Megane and will sit between the Kadjar and the Captur when it comes to pricing and size. The Grand Scenic, meanwhile, will sit beside Renault’s upcoming flagship seven-seater SUV.

A practical choice

A wider body offers a more flexible and roomier seating layout in the new Renault Scenic and the Grand Scenic has more legroom and head space in its third row. Boot space also increases compared with the previous version, rising from 555 litres to 572 litres when the back seats are in place. Renault also claims that there are a further 63 litres of storage space dotted around the car.

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