Comfort and a sense of family are the core competencies of French automobiles. The fourth generation of the Renault Scénic series is no exception.

The compact van built in Douai in northern France was launched with two wheelbases at the end of 2016. The Grand Scénic, which has been extended by 23 centimeters, is poaching where the legendary Espace van series used to be at home.

The longer body makes it possible to have a third row of seats with two additional seats. Visually, the family van is one of the more appealing representatives of its kind. This is due to the dynamic lines and the standard 20-inch wheels.

With Experience equipment, seven-speed dual clutch transmission and additional packages, our used test car cost 32,500 euros four years ago, according to the Schwacke database. Now he is second hand to have for a moderate 14,990 euros.

There is even a third row of seats for a little extra

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What’s that for? Quite a lot of car that doesn’t look old at all, despite minor flaws on the bumpers and rims. The tested basic diesel has 110 hp, meets the Euro 6 emissions standard and is a classic engine of reason.

He always has a little trouble getting the empty 1.6-ton van going – and therefore appeals to a more relaxed nature. On the autobahn, anything over Tacho 160 is torture.

The hour of the 1.5 liter common rail engine strikes when economy is required. Four liters of standard consumption are hardly feasible in practice, but a five before the decimal point should be easy to experience in the mix.

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Digitized cockpit with 7-inch infotainment, quality impression okay

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The combination of soft spring-damper coordination, a steering that is indifferent in the middle position and sporty wheels feels a bit unfortunate.

The fact that the Grand Scénic can still score points with many families is due to its great everyday qualities. Most Grand Scénic in this country have been lavishly configured due to fairly calculated equipment packages.

The deep dashboard of our test vehicle houses optional digital instruments and the smaller version of the R-Link 2 infotainment system, which is neither intuitive to use nor particularly fast. At least mobile phone connection and navigation work reasonably well.

Unlike the rather simple plastic selection, the amount of space in both rows of seats is impressive. Five people can relax on the soft French armchairs. The front seats can also be heated.

Small and large passengers can look forward to other charming extras with our photo vehicle, such as a sliding center console box with a huge storage compartment, small folding tables and integrated sun blinds for the rear side windows. There is a total of 63 liters of storage space for small items in the countless compartments!

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Practical folding tables for the rear passengers

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Extra-large trunk with variable loading floor. Large smugglers’ compartment for luggage net and Co. underneath. The huge loading sill is annoying

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In our test car, after around 85,000 kilometers, only the wobbly floor of the rear compartment seems to have been badly worn. 718 liters fit in the trunk of the five-seater, and even up to 1901 liters when folded.

The maximum payload of 644 kilograms also reveals true small van qualities. The massive loading sill is annoying in everyday life. No wonder that our model already has several abrasions.

Otherwise, the French have increased significantly compared to the Scénic III. The times of sloping panels and nasty rattling noises on patched country roads seem to be over. The youngest Grand Scénic is definitely the best used.

Technical specifications Renault Grand Scénic Energy dCi 110 EDC
engine Four-cylinder / front cross
Displacement 1461 cc
power 81 kW (110 PS) at 4000 rpm
Torque 260 Nm at 1750 rpm
Top speed 184 km / h
0-100 km / h 12.6 s
Tank / fuel 53 l / diesel
Gearbox / drive 7-speed DSG / front wheel
Length Width Height 4634/1866/1653 mm
Trunk volume 718-1901 l

Identified deficiencies

The Renault engineers have done their homework. Only in vehicles from the first year of construction are manufacturing defects slightly noticeable. So far, rust has not been an issue. Chassis problems mostly show examples in which the high payload has been exploited. The fourth generation of Scénic has improved significantly in the TÜV report.

Oil losses and lighting deficiencies are somewhat more common than the average age. Recalls due to electrical faults (2018), NOx-Sensor (2018), Document Error (2019-2020), and Fuel Line Problems (2018-2019).

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The following defects are more common in the Renault Grand Scénic

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▶ ︎ Chassis: When the Grand Scénic rumbles inappropriately, the coupling rods on the front axle are often worn out.

▶ ︎ Keyless access: The card is not always reliably recognized, it drains the battery.

▶ ︎ Infotainment: A lot is possible: system crashes, deficiencies in route planning, problems with the mobile phone connection.

▶ ︎ Battery: The sensitive power management can cause a variety of sporadic electronic errors if the battery is weak.



Price, comfort and everyday utility are the three trump cards of the Grand Scénic. The nicely styled van is also an interesting alternative to some of the more expensive and less spacious ones SUV model.

► Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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An article from AUTO BILD, issue 48/2021



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