New 2017 Renault Scenic MPV In-depth review - Carbuyer - Ginny Buckley
In September 1996, on the basis of the Megane model, the single-volume Renault Scenic compact van was created. Today, thanks to a combination of consumer qualities, it is one of the most popular car classes in the world. With small sizes, the Scenic golf class model has such typical advantages for minivans as excellent visibility due to its high seating position, large internal volume and a large number of interior transformation options. While maintaining with all this excellent maneuverability and ease of management. In short, the Scenic successfully combines the best qualities of passenger cars with the versatility and practicality of minivans.
In the basic configuration is equipped with an in-line 4-cylinder engine, a working volume of 1.4 liters, and power - 75 hp
In the spring of 1999, the design of the model was updated. Scenic II became the first high-capacity European wagon in the measured class C and was even awarded the title “European car of 1997”. Distinctive features of the updated Scenic steel: extended front headlights, separately opening rear door glass and a lot of interesting solutions like a 15-liter mobile armrest, which can move from front passengers to the rear, or the front seat, which can be turned into a flat and level table .
The main task that confronted Renault designers was to combine the versatility of a minivan with the comfort of a sedan. This was achieved by increasing the wheelbase to 2685 mm (+105 mm) and a track to 1514 mm (+64 in front / + 30 in the rear). The luggage compartment also became larger - 430/1840 l versus 410/1800 l for its predecessor. It is noteworthy that the Scenic II opens the rear window separately from the entire door, which makes it easy to load light luggage into the trunk.
The cars reached a high level of noise and heat insulation, the interior is very bright, thanks to the wide windows and a large glass sunroof.
The ergonomic engineers changed the driver’s position to make it more comfortable than its predecessor: they reduced the height of the cushion from 390 to 355 mm, and the gearshift lever was placed 51 mm closer to the driver. The steering wheel, having adjustments for the angle of inclination and departure, compared with the previous model is located more vertically. Another minor difference from the previous generation model is the lever layout of the seat back tilt adjustments, while the former Scenic had drum-type controls.
The driver's seat has a high seating position and good visibility. The latter is provided by heated rear-view side mirrors, an aspherical rear-view mirror and an automatic adjustment system for the wipers.
The range of engines borrowed from the Megane family: 16-valve gasoline engines of 1.4 - 2.0 liters are adjacent to two diesel units. The power units are equipped with a 5-speed manual or automatic 4-speed gearbox. All-wheel drive Scenic is equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 140 hp. and a turbocharged diesel engine with a fuel supply system Common Rail with a capacity of 102 hp.
Mounted on the Scenic McPherson type front suspension and four-speed rear suspension are a guarantee of greater stability.
In the cabin Scenic draws attention to a huge number of containers for small things. The car has a number of options for transforming the interior of the cabin. Three separate rear seats can be independently folded or removed.
Scenic is one of the safest cars in its class. Provides maximum protection for its passengers in a collision. The highest level of vehicle safety is confirmed by the crash test results of Euro NCAP.
The brand new Scenic II is designed to absorb impact energy. The high ability of the car to absorb and dissipate kinetic energy is achieved through the use of new steels and materials, which made it possible to transform the front, rear and side parts of the body into highly efficient zones of programmable deformation. Careful calculation of the trajectories of displacement of parts and components in the engine compartment made it possible to achieve maximum folding of the front end of the body and at the same time eliminate the possibility of their displacement into the salon.
Additionally, a system to prevent the rotation of the pillars is applied, which reduces the likelihood of tearing the front door upon impact. And, finally, with the help of amplifiers, the rigidity of thresholds is increased, which ensures maximum transfer of forces when the wheel hits a threshold.
The Scenic II is equipped with a third-generation Renault protection system that includes dual-volume airbags and seat belts with two pretensioners in the front seats. The adaptability of the system allows you to adjust the effect of safety elements depending on the force of the blow. In addition, the front seat belts have a 400 kg force limiter and (an innovative solution on the Scénic II and Mégane II), the force limiter of the lap belt 600 kg.
Finally, the Scenic II is equipped with two side cushions for protection of the chest, built into the front seats, and two inflatable curtains to protect the head of both adults and children in the front and rear seats. The seats in the back seat have three-point seat belts with force limiters for 600 kg and side seat belt pretensioners. On the side seats of the back seat there is a three-point Isofix mount for placing the child seat in the back or face position in the direction of travel.
Minivan Renault Scenic II attracts attention with modern design, functionality, unusual transformation possibilities of the cabin and the latest technical solutions.
In March 2003, a new Renault Scenic was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. The car is built on the latest generation Megane platform. From the same model, he borrowed a general new design style: a sloping, even front, wider headlights, similar to the Megane model, the design of the rear, with a protruding rear overhang and a practically vertical rear window. The new Scenic has an interesting feature - the reverse tilt of the rear rack, thanks to which the developers managed to move the rear seats back a little, thereby increasing the free space for the rear passengers.
The interior was designed specifically for the Scenic model. The control of the main functions of the car is made at the center of the dashboard, and the gearshift joystick is also located there. The main devices Scenic made in the form of liquid crystal screens and stretched over the dashboard. The main buttons and switches are located to the right of the steering wheel, on the steering rack there is a hole for the key card and a starter button. Already in the basic equipment of the new Scenic is completed by the highest class: on all versions of ABS, Brake Assist, stability control, tire pressure sensors.
The second-generation Scenic is available in two versions: with a five-seater and seven-seater body. At the same time, a more spacious version received a wheelbase extended by 40 centimeters and is called the Grand Scenic.
The engine range now looks like this: a 1.4-liter with an output of 80 hp, which also stood on the previous model, a 1.6-liter with 115 hp. and 2-liter at 136 hp; diesel engines - 1.5-liter dCi, 80 hp and a 1.9-liter dCi with 120 hp. Powerful diesel engines are aggregated with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and petrol and 1.5-liter dCi with a 5-speed manual. A 4-speed automatic is only offered as an option.
In 2006, Renault restyled the second-generation Scenic. The changes were mostly cosmetic in nature - the line of power units remained the same. Outwardly, it is easiest to identify the updated Scenic in headlights with lenses on head optics and a more angular bumper. Although not an expert in French cars to distinguish the restyled car from the old one will be very difficult. Inside, there are new materials trim.
In 2009, sales of the third generation Renault Scenic started. The car, as before, looks quite original. Particularly interesting are the taillights - if earlier the Scenic and Grand Scenic differed in appearance only by the size of the windows of the luggage compartment, now it is much easier to distinguish them. On the “simple” Scenic “boomerangs” of lanterns from the rear rack go to the door, and on the version with the Grand prefix - to the wings.
At the heart of the car is the platform Megane III. The car was 80 mm longer (4.34 meters) and added 20 mm in the wheelbase, which had a positive effect on passenger comfort. The cabin of the car without any problems is able to accommodate five passengers. The occupants of the second row of seats instead of the sofa has three separate seats installed on the sled, and the passengers who sat down directly behind the front seats have comfortable folding tables at their disposal. By the way, Scenic III was a leader in the class in such an important parameter as the space at the knees in the rear of the cabin.
The floor level was 15 mm higher, and the steering wheel was installed more vertically (+2.4 degrees) - these changes had a positive effect on the ergonomics of the driver’s workplace. The driver's seat has the largest height adjustment - 70 mm, and adjustment for the lumbar is included as standard, even on the most budget versions of Scenic. The main plus of the third generation Scenic for the driver is a huge glass area, providing excellent visibility. The shift of the pillars backward contributed to improved visibility - horizontal sector is 87 degrees (+8), and vertically - 31 (+15).
The presence of "glove compartments" for small things is one of the main indicators of the practicality of a minivan, and in this respect the Renault Scenic has always been at its best. Literally every inch of internal space is used to house small things. The total capacity of niches, pockets and other secluded places is 86 liters. The most capacious containers - four 4.5 liters each - are under the front and rear seats. Under the floor, in front of the cabin, there are two 2.5-liter niches, and under the feet of the passengers of the rear seat are a 3.2-liter tank. Another 11 liters provides the main "glove box", equipped with lighting and cooler, and 9-liter space under the center armrest is divided into two compartments - smaller for small items, while the larger one is designed for 1.5-liter bottles. For the safe transportation of goods are provided clamps installed on the center console and in the trunk.
The capacity of the luggage compartment has increased by 10% compared with the model of the second generation, and now varies from 555 to 1637 liters. And with the lowered backrest of the front passenger seat in a minivan, you can carry long items (up to 2.5 meters).
The list of equipment has expanded significantly. The basic package includes electric power steering, on-board computer, halogen daytime running lights with washers, chip card, steering wheel, height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, front electric windows, electric and heated side mirrors.
In addition, the database also has a CD / MP3 audio system, ABS, AFU, EBD, central locking with remote control and an adaptation package to Russian conditions, which includes preparing the engine for starting in cold conditions, suspension, with increased ground clearance, anti-gravel coating body bottoms and extended warranty. In the more expensive Expression configuration, in addition to the basic equipment, the car will receive rear electric windows, heated front seats, leather steering wheel and gearshift, cruise control, automatic parking brake, as well as light and rain sensors.
Selection of engines made with an emphasis on diesel engines. The 1.5-liter dCi is available in several versions (85, 105 and 110 hp), and the most powerful of them, equipped with a filter for solid fractions and an injector for the exhaust tract, comply with the Euro5 standard. The average consumption of a 110-horsepower diesel engine with a torque of 240 Nm is 5.1 liters. The top position in the diesel range is occupied by engines with a working volume of 1.9 (130 hp.) And 2.0 liters (150 and 160 hp.), Which are combined with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The most modest 110-horsepower gasoline engine (1.6 liters) runs on gasoline, E85 bioethanol and liquefied gas. The 1.4-liter gasoline engine develops a power of 130 hp, and a 2-liter engine, which is paired in a continuously variable CVT, produces 10 “horses” more.
In 2012, the model has undergone a restyling. Changes begin with a new design of the front end, where a different front bumper and other front lights, equipped with daylight LED sections, appeared. The rear lights have changed completely: their lower ends are bent in different directions. Chrome elements appeared on the front air intakes, side moldings and tailgate. In addition, added several sets of wheels new design. Two new body colors have appeared: garnet (Grenat Red) and blue opal (Majorelle Blue).
Comfortable, easily transformable interior has become somewhat more modern. The merit of this is two bright color displays hiding under the visor of the front panel, one of which plays the role of the instrument panel, and the other multimedia navigation system. In the interior trim designers combine contrasting colors, which significantly enlivens the car's decoration. So, even the dark interior is transformed by white stitching on the seats and door panels.
Two new diesel engines appeared. The first 1.5-liter 110-strong unit develops 260 Nm of torque. Compared to its predecessor, it eats up to 12% less fuel - only 4.1 liters per hundred kilometers, while its maximum torque increased by 20 Nm. According to the manufacturer, this engine has record-low CO2 emissions — 105 g / km. The second engine capacity of 1.6 liters develops 130 hp and 320 Nm of torque. He is 20% more economical than a 1.9-liter engine of the same power that he replaced. This engine consumes 4.4 liters per "hundred". Emission of carbon dioxide per kilometer of track is 114 g. Both diesel engines have a start-stop system and energy recovery system when braking. The new petrol power unit with a 1.2-liter capacity of 115 horsepower is 20% more economical than the previous 110-horsepower 1.6-liter engine and ejects 135 grams of CO2 per 1 km.
The basic package (Authentique) Renault Scenic 2012 model year includes adaptive electric power steering, on-board computer, head light with Follow me home function, headlight washers, fog lights, chip card, Start / Stop button instead of a key, steering wheel adjustment in two planes, adjustable driver's seat height, air conditioning, CD / MP3 audio system with four speakers and steering-wheel joystick, electric and heated side mirrors, pulse front electric windows, ABS with Brake Assist function and EBD, ESP with Hill Start Assist function, six pillows pretensioners, Isofix system Isofix child seats.
The car in the Expression configuration in addition to the basic version has a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift lever, cruise control, an automatic parking brake, a TFT display of the dashboard, driver's lumbar support, airplane tables, CD / MP3 audio system 4x15W with Bluetooth, USB, Jack and steering-wheel joystick, rear electric windows, rain and light sensors.
The main innovation of the Renault Scenic will be the option called Visio System, which is a system that monitors the state of the driver and provides the possibility of night vision. In addition, a special camera will monitor whether the car has crossed the lane without turning on the indicator. In the latter case, an audible warning will sound. There will also be provided for automatic switching from the main beam to the dipped.