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2014 Renault Scenic Review

A list of great French creations would have to include the crepe, the Eiffel tower and the pencil sharpener among other things. France is also known for producing the Scenic, one of the best-selling MPVs in the UK, with over 4.3 million sales since its debut in 1996. The Scenic might not be as tasty as France’s thin pancake creations, but the third generation does offer better efficiency, more equipment and better value.  In addition, the 2014 Renault Scenic has now split into three distinct lines; Scenic five seater, Scenic XMOD five seater and the Grand Scenic seven-seat model.

The latest incarnation of the 2014 Renault Scenic offers more options than a Chinese buffet. There is a smorgasbord of body shapes, trim levels and engine options.  Most MPV owners rank value, safety and reliability ahead of spirited driving, so it’s no surprise the Scenic doesn’t exhibit go-kart handling.

The 2014 Renault Scenic can be propelled to and from football practice by either a 1.5 or a 1.6-litre dCi diesel engine developing either 110 or 130PS respectively. There’s also a very appealing 1.2-litre turbo petrol unit in 115 and 130PS as well as a1.6 petrol.

Should you need to cart the kids through some rough terrain, strap them into their car-seats and flip the switch on the XMOD’s ‘Grip Xtend’ system.  This advanced traction control system enables the car to grip surfaces in difficult driving conditions and offers three modes:  ‘Road’, ‘Loose Ground’ and ‘Expert’. In ‘Expert’ mode, algorithms take control of the braking system, while leaving the driver in full control of the engine torque. AI takes addition jurisdiction when you switch to ‘Road’ mode, which offers conventional traction control settings, with ASR optimising grip by controlling braking on the front wheels and engine torque. This mode automatically connects at speeds of over 25 mph and at lesser speeds, ‘Loose Ground’ mode kicks in, optimising braking control and engine torque control based on available grip.

Renault Scénic

2014 Renault Scenic


You can have your  2014 Renault Scenic in either standard or Grand form, with the XMOD based on the standard car. MPV buyers typically aren’t overly concerned with style, but the Scenic has been given a modest makeover, bringing its aesthetics into the 21st century. The logo at the front is now bigger, the grille has been revised, there’s a larger glass area and a mesh grille covering the single frontal air-intake. The seven-seat model also gets snazzy boomerang-shaped rear light clusters. The interior is of utmost importance to any MPV and the 2014 Renault Scenic doesn’t disappoint. If you want extra cargo space, you can make the kids walk to school and fold the second row seats flat or remove them all together. The third row can also be dropped into the floor. The XMOD’s boot capacity is 555-litres with the rear seats slid forward and 1,870 with the rear seats removed completely.

There is more than 90-litres of storage available too, including underfloor compartments, under-seat drawers, a chilled glovebox, centre console cubbies, door pockets and trays on the seat backs so the kids can snack airplane style. There are also three 12-volt power sockets so no one has to fight for electrons.


Of course, keeping the rug rats safe is a paramount concern for all MPV buyers. The  2014 Renault Scenic routinely receives maximum five-star ratings from Euro NCAP and is full of features designed to avoid collisions and protect occupants. The car can be optioned out with automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control with a speed-limiting function, bi-xenon headlamps that swivel to illuminate round bends and a seat-belt reminder that never lets you forget when a seat belt has been left unbuckled. In addition, there’s ABS with brake assist and brake force distribution and ESC stability control with CSV understeer control. To keep offspring safe, the second row of seats all has ISOFIX child seat anchor points.

Not only will the clan be safe, but they also will be kept comfortable. Some of the goodies available include a rear parking camera with front parking sensors, Renault’s Visio System lane departure warning with automatic high and low beam, five fully adaptable headrests, dark carbon leather and sliding centre console. Oh yeah, and there is also an electric panoramic sunroof available which is our favourite option.

Most MPV buyers are going to be concerned with squeezing out the best fuel economy. All Scenic models sip petrol conservatively, with the exception of the 1.6-litre engine which is a pig in every regard. The 1.2-litre TCe engine is available in two variants, 115 and 130PS, with the latter achieving 45.6mpg.

The 1.5-litre diesel 110PS diesel with the Stop & Start system nets the best mileage, registering 68.9mpg. If you don’t like to row your own, Renault’s six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission is available on the 1.5 dCi 110.

Renault has crafted another fine MPV to add to France’s catalogue of innovations. It’s practical, spacious and well built. With the introduction of the petrol 1.2 and diesel 1.6-litre engines, the MPV also offers class leadingly-efficiency. If you’re in the market for an MPV, head down to the dealership and the take 2014 Renault Scenic for a spin. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some crepes on the way.

what do you think of the 2014 Renault Scenic?

Andrew Kirkley

Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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