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Renault Scenic Estate boot space, practicality and safety

2016 - 2019 (change model)
Practicality rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

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As reflected by its recently garnered five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, the Scenic lacks for nothing in the fields of safety and driver assistance, boasting more acronyms than you can shake a stick at.

On all Renault Scenics

Grouped under the title Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), they include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) – which operates at speeds of between 5 and 100mph; Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – a tactile, helm-vibrating alert rather than audible; Safe Distance Warning (SDW); Traffic Sign Recognition with Over Speed Prevention (TSR with OSP); Blind Spot Warning (BSW); a reversing camera; auto-dipping headlamps; front, rear and side parking sensors; and Easy Park Assist – hands-free parking.

In addition to this already comprehensive range of safety features, the new Scenic further adds three new functions:

  • Unique to the segment, the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) incorporates Pedestrian Detection. Operating between speeds of 4 and 37mph, the system alerts the driver to the risk of a collision between car and pedestrian, automatically bringing the car to a full stop should warnings fail to trigger a response from the driver
  • Lane Keeping Assist, which is active between 44 and 100mph, automatically assumes control of the steering should the driver inadvertently drift across a lane

Fatigue Alert, which uses a Bosch-developed algorithm to monitor the vehicle’s path, issuing both visual and audible warnings should driver fatigue be suspected

The rear seating is not as MPV-flexible as that found in the outgoing model. No longer fully removable, the sliding seats are now split just 60:40 instead of into three, making it harder to accommodate the shoulders of three adults without simultaneous reminiscing on life in the front row of a rugby scrum.

Offering merely adequate legroom which falls slightly below the class leaders, the seats feel somewhat upright and compact for long-haul adult occupancy. They may be lowered at the touch of a boot wall-mounted button, or via one of the multimedia system’s endless menus, to give a flat floor. Loadspace is bigger than before and – at 572 litres – claimed to be class-leading.

There’s bags of storage everywhere, including the floor bins from Scenics of yore, a sliding centre console -which can either mate with the base of the dashboard console, or slide aft to separate warring offspring – and a glovebox that opens like a sprung filing cabinet drawer. Small tables fold from front seat backs, and are attended by a mysterious elastic sling like a catapult, which children will ping relentlessly against the seatback until the parent in front is entirely furious.

Euro NCAP rating

Overall NCAP safety rating 5 out of 5
Year tested: 2016
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Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 82%
Vulnerable Road User: 67%
Safety Assist: 59%

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (23)
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
Dynamique Nav Standard Equipment (2)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Dynamique Nav Optional Equipment (1)
  • Partial leather seat trim
Dynamique S Nav Standard Equipment (3)
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Dynamique S Nav Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Expression+ Standard Equipment (1)
  • Cloth seat trim
Expression+ Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Iconic Standard Equipment (2)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Iconic Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Play Standard Equipment (2)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
Play Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Signature Standard Equipment (3)
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Signature Optional Equipment
  • n/a
Signature Nav Standard Equipment (6)
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Signature Nav Optional Equipment
  • n/a


Length 4406mm
Width 2128mm
Height 1653mm
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