Renault Grand Scenic new car review

Renault Grand Scenic new car review

Renault Grand Scenic new car review

Renault Grand Scenic – new car review

Renault was a pioneer of the MPV, introducing its Espace model in 1984 and later its compact MPV the Scenic.

Since then, competition in the sector has become much more intense, and while the Espace is no longer made in right-hand-drive form and thus not marketed in the UK, the Scenic is still a mainstream contender, available in five and seven seater form, and priced from £23,375.

My test model was the seven-seat Renault Grand Scenic, priced at £28,445 in Dynamique S Nav spec, and with a 130 hp 1.6 litre diesel engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. Fuel economy is a plus-point for this model – 61.4 mpg combined. Top speed is 118 mph, the 0-60 mph time 11.4 seconds.

Renault Kadjar new car review

Renault Kadjar new car review

Renault Kadjar new car review

Renault Kadjar new car review

Compact crossovers have been big sellers in recent years, taking more than ten per cent of the overall new-car market, and demand shows no sign of abating so there is certainly plenty of room in the sector for the steady flow of new contenders.
 
Among them is the Renault Kadjar – and lest you wonder, Kadjar is an invented word, blending French words which loosely mean quad and agile! Launched in the UK just over a year ago, the Kadjar has an 18-model range offering three engines, two gearboxes, four trim levels and two-or four-wheel drive.
 
The crossover sector is laden with great models including Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, the new Peugeot 3008 and the new SEAT Ateca but though rivalry is acute, the Kadjar holds a few aces. With prices starting at £19,145 it is more spacious, better equipped and cheaper than some opposition models, and is arguably more visually striking.

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