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Renault Grand Scenic Estate engines, drive and performance

2004 - 2009 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

There’s a wide range of engines available in the Grand Scenic. The petrol line-up includes a 1.6-litre unit with 115bhp and a 2.0-litre unit with 135bhp (a 165bhp turbocharged version was introduced in 2005 but was dropped in 2006). The diesels are more popular and it’s easy to see why – the 1.5 dCi is impressive considering the cars size and provides good in-gear performance while returning a healthy 52mpg.

This engine initially had 100bhp but this was boosted to 106bhp in mid-2005. There’s also a 1.9 dCi which initially had 120bhp but was replaced by a 130bhp variant. In addition, from 2006 there is a 2.0-litre dCi engine with 150bhp. This is a superb engine with plenty of pull from low revs and a smooth and refined nature. The 2.0-litre petrol engine was available from launch with an automatic alternative to the six-speed manual gearbox, while auto versions of the two larger diesels were available from 2006 onwards.

The Grand Scenic handles safely and predictably with decent body control and a cushioned ride that irons out road imperfections well. It’s great at eating up motorway miles and quite happy bustling along country lanes too. The only drawback is the heavily assisted electronic power steering which doesn’t offer much feedback and over rough surfaces there’s vibration through the steering column.

The Grand Scenic is quiet at low speeds however while the tall windows aid visibility and it’s light and easy to drive in town.