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.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,119 - £1,238 *|
|Diesel||131p||£827 - £1,045 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|Diesel/Electric Hybrid||94 g/km (Min)||£0 - £135|
|1.3 TCe (140ps) Petrol||135 g/km (Max)||£145|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £145
See tax rates for all versions
10 - 20
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.