In 1996, the first-generation Scénic saw Renault reinvent the compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV, which was pioneered in Europe by Renault). In 2016, 20 years later, Renault has redefined the concept once more.
The new-generation Scenic is a modern, assertive MPV that will be bought not only for the driving enjoyment it delivers, but also for the comfort the whole family will be able to enjoy whilst travelling. The car tries to be their home-away-from-home when on the road/move.
The design of the new Scenic breaks away from conventional MPV cues thanks to the new model’s unprecedented proportions, the fitment of 20-inch wheels across the range and a head-turning two-tone colour scheme that is unprecedented in the segment.
True to its DNA, the new Scenic meets the needs of families. It takes the modularity that forged the success of the model’s earlier generations to a new level, so as to make everyday motoring even easier, including a One Touch Folding system for the rear seats.
In addition to a comprehensive list of other driving aids, the newcomer is also the only compact MPV to feature AEBS (Active Emergency Braking System) with Pedestrian Detection as standard equipment.
The new Scenic also packs features more usually associated with the next segment up, such as Multi-Sense technology and R-Link 2, complete with an 8.7-inch screen and a colour head-up display. The available drivetrains include an electrified Hybrid Assist diesel unit.
A key feature of the spacious cabin is the continuity of the dashboard’s lines across the door panels and the harmony of the materials employed (foam-backed materials, chrome beading, etc) which heighten the interior impression of space. The layout of the uncluttered dashboard is also more driver-centric than that of the previous Scenic. (Click here for our comparison of Renault Grand Scenic, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Peugeot 5008.)