By Stewart Smith on 2016-11-08 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Scenic on sale soon
RENAULT'S fourth-generation Scenic range hits UK roads in December with new safety features and technologies usually associated with the segment above.
The Scenic gets a new look with a C-shaped front lighting array and 20-inch wheels and Renault claims it is the only vehicle in the class to come with active emergency braking system with pedestrian detection as standard.
The Expression+ entry level Scenic comes with an upgraded level of kit, including lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high/low beam headlamps.
Also standard on the new Scenic are electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors, leather steering wheel, 4 x 20W DAB radio with fingertip controls with Bluetoothconnectivity and a seven-inch touchscreen.
Cruise control, speed limiter, a two-way adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver seat, gear-shift indicator and a 12-volt front socket are also standard for Expression+ trim level.
At launch there will be a choice of five engines - two Energy TCe turbocharged petrol options with power outputs of 1.2-litre/115bhp and 1.2-litre/130bhp The turbodiesel alternatives are a 1.5-litre dCi 110bhp unit, a 1.6-litre dCi 130bhp engine or a 1.5-litre dCi 160bhp.
Renault says the new Scenic range will have emissions as low as 100g/km and 72.4mpg for the dCi 110 model.
The Scenic has always offered plenty of space and it remains as practical as ever with class-leading storage and boot space.
The five-seat Scenic has a best-in-class boot volume of 572-litres with all seats in the upright position and the seven-seat Grand Scenic has a boot volume of 596-litres with the rearmost two seats down.
More storage space comes with underfloor compartments extending total storage capacity by 57-litres.
Renault has also announced that from spring next year the new Scenics will be offered with the company's hybrid assist engine electrification technology which will be available with the model's dCi 110bhp diesel unit with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The hybrid set up takes CO2 emissions down to 92g/km which equates to 80.7mpg.
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