The revolution…in continuity. This is the formula that should probably be used to summarize the action of Luca De Meo and his teams since his arrival at the head of Renault in mid-2020. Revolution because for two years and the beginning of the post-Ghosn era there is no shortage of new products and announcements – especially electrical ones – but continuity because the surnames of the most emblematic models have been taken or kept, such as the Renault 5, 4L or Mégane E-Tech, all far removed from the first generations. The same will be true of the future Scénic, heralded by a very techno-electric SUV concept, the antithesis of the compact and pragmatic minivan known since 1996. So should we already sulk about the current Scénic, which only exists in its variant? sitting, waiting for the next one? Of course not ! Here are 5 good reasons to still buy the “real” Scénic before it disappears.
1. A real minivan and 7-seater interior
Even if the Scénic Vision is just a concept, it reveals 90% of the silhouette and dimensions of the production model. With a length of about 4.50 m and despite all the generosity offered by the architectures of electric cars, the next Scénic will never offer the habitability of the current generation† Although it has lost its individual seats in favor of a split bench seat, today’s Scénic remains extremely roomy, especially since the ground clearance is no greater than that of a traditional sedan. With a low floor, the height of the cabin or the loading sill of the trunk is all the more favorite, for the benefit of passengers. Like its vertical tailgate, the trunk is particularly spacious, both for luggage and for two extendable seats, turning the Grand Scénic into a 7-seater. In the passenger compartment, we also remember the sliding center console, which frees up space between the two front seats if necessary, or the huge glass surfaces that make traveling in minivans increasingly pleasant for the family. In short, in its length of 4.63 m, the Grand Scénic easily accommodates weapons, luggage, children and a dog, which the next generation will certainly not be able to.†
2. A powerful, economical and reasonably reliable petrol engine
The Scénic “4” is approaching retirement and has already done a lot with its engine range. There are now only two engines to choose from: TCe 140 or TCe 160. In reality it is one and the same engine, the 1.3 turbo, whose power differs† Brilliant in its smoothness, availability and silence, this 4-cylinder proves to be an excellent companion. It doesn’t make us forget the diesels, which were well attached to this traveler, but the consumption remains reasonable under the hood of a minivan, averaging about 8 l/100 km measured by our care. Automatically mated to the EDC automatic gearbox, the TCe 160 is only available in Executive finish, while the TCe 140 gives its buyers the choice between a “6” mechanical gearbox or an EDC7† Since the torque between the two engines is extremely close (260 Nm against 270) and available at the same 1,800 rpm, we recommend the TCe 140, which is more than adequate and less expensive. In addition, the 1.3 turbo appears to be more reassuring in terms of reliability than the old 1.2…
Our measured consumption of the Scénic TCe 140 manual gearbox
- City consumption: 7.8 l/100 km
- Road consumption: 8 l/100 km
- Highway consumption: 8.3 l/100 km
- Average consumption: 8 l/100 km
3. Pleasant operation
Its silhouette leaves no doubt about its vocation, but this Scénic retains a certain talent for driving. If less dynamic than a Peugeot 5008 turned SUV, the Renault minibus remains one of the most pleasant to drive in the category. A little too assisted, steering stays direct while the body is held well in the corners† Quite dynamically, the Scénic also does quite well on the comfort side, apart from a slight firmness at low speeds. This is all the more forgivable as the Frenchman is automatically fitted with 20-inch rims, which also gives it a much more modern look than a traditional minivan.
4. Two more bodies
Although the factory in Douai has already stopped production of the “short” Scénic, stocks are not completely empty yet. Indeed, there are still about a hundred models left on the Renault commercial site for those who would be satisfied with the 4.41 m long and only 5-seater version of this variant.†
Otherwise, the Grand Scénic can be ordered until the end of 2022. Of the three available finishes, the mid-range “techno” is sufficient. It is he who gives access to the large 9-inch multimedia screen and its functionalities while the basic comfort equipment is present, as well as the half leather on the seats. Count € 37,200 for the TCe 140 with manual gearbox, where you have to add between € 900 and € 1,900 in CO2 fines.† If the mechanical box imposes an additional €2,000, the gas emissions are also lower, bringing the fine between €450 and €1,500. Note that these prices remain negotiable as sales of the Renault minivan have fallen very low in recent months.
5. Lately there is choice!
If the point being made here mainly concerns the purchase of a new Scénic, it also applies to recent occasions, which are numerous and with prices that are all the more attractive. On the La Centrale website, almost a third of the models sold have between 10 and 30,000 km, ie still very low mileage with prices between 15,000 and 35,000 €† In this case, the choice is wider, with recent diesels. Usually that is the 1.7 BluedCi, in 120 or 150 hp. Very sober and pleasant, this block suits the Scénic, but will have to cope with a Crit’Air 2 sticker and a relative uncertainty about the future of this fuel in large cities.