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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Renault Scenic

Overall verdict
MPV sales are down, but the stylish Scenic has every chance of reversing the trend.


Exterior styling, clever interior storage


So-so to drive, engines a bit ordinary, styling will be too much for some


What is it?

It’s the new Renault Scenic – perhaps the most outrageously styled MPV of recent times, alongside Citroen’s C4 Picssso. Much of it is down to the wheels, which are not 17s, 18s or even 19s, but whopping 20 inchers – the same size as you get on a Bentley Mulsanne. They’re standard on even the most basic version, which is quite a talking point, but also a distraction from the Scenic’s number one job of looking after the family. Thankfully, it’s quite good at it. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.3 TCE 140 Iconic 5dr Auto
9.6s 131g/km 47.1 140 £24,255
The cheapest
1.6 VVT Dynamique Nav 5dr
11.7s 174g/km 38.2 110 £19,015
The greenest
1.5 dCi 120 Iconic 5dr
11.1s 126g/km 57.7 120 £24,595