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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.9 - 7.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 40.4 - 41.5 mpg

If economy and running costs supersede all other requirements, Scenics powered by the innovative dCi 110 Hybrid Assist engine steal the show with a quoted fuel consumption of 80.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 92g/km.

During 2016/17, a VED band of A no matter what trim level you choose currently finds this Scenic variant an excise duty-free proposition for the life of the vehicle, while a BIK band of just 18 percent also makes the car an entirely affordable fleet proposition.

The other diesel-powered versions don’t qualify for free VED or as low company car tax, but still return over 60mpg regardless of power output. The petrol models are better-suited to short-distance use, but the claimed fuel economy figure is still an acceptable 48.7mpg.

Insurance groups haven’t been announced yet, but with the raft of safety systems on board we predict this shouldn’t be too expensive. Servicing and maintenance aren’t typically bank-breaking for Renault cars either.

The Renault Scenic to go for if emissions are a concern is undoubtedly the Hybrid Assist model, which allows for CO2 output of 92g/km. That makes it the only engine on offer to duck under the 100g/km threshold.

With the Renault Scenic, reliability is something of an unknown. It’s fair to say the French firm hasn’t got the greatest reputation for building rock-solid, fault-free cars, but improvement is occurring. In fact, the previous Scenic didn’t suffer any major recalls at all.

You have to play that off against the fact that this time there’s even more to go wrong, especially with electronics, and if the touchscreen fails for any reason then you’re left without many of the car’s crucial systems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £150
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 10 - 20
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