Renault Scenic E-Tech Review & Prices

The Renault Scenic looks great and has a spacious cabin and boot, but the interior feels cheap in places

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Is the Renault Scenic E-Tech a good car?

The Renault Scenic has been reborn. The MPV shape of old has been ditched in favour of a boxy, modern SUV with head-turning looks. It’s a bit like when Zac Efron swapped the cute, floppy-haired High School Musical look for the heart-throb with a six-pack aesthetic of Bad Neighbours.

Not only is the Scenic an SUV, it’s an electric SUV, meaning there are plenty of capable alternatives that might catch your eye, including the Peugeot e-3008, Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric to name just a few.

Chiselled looks aren’t the only thing that make the Scenic stand out, because it also has a spacious, practical interior with a digital instrument display and vertically-oriented infotainment screen. It’s a really quick system, and you get physical buttons for the climate controls for ease of use. Some of the materials feel a bit cheap, though.

Practicality extends to the boot too – with 545 litres, the Tesla Model Y and Enyaq have more capacity, but the Renault’s more than spacious enough for most. There’s no front boot like you get in the Tesla and Kia EV6, but that big capacity doesn’t come at the expense of rear passenger space either, as even six-footers will have plenty of leg and headroom.

Top-spec models get some cool technology, but make the Renault Scenic start to feel a bit pricey

Top-spec models also get a cool panoramic glass roof that can turn opaque at the touch of a button, or become clear to bathe the interior in natural light.

The wins keep coming for the Renault Scenic, because not only is it stylish and practical, it also promises to go pretty far between charges. The 220hp motor is paired with a battery that’s good for up to 379 miles according to official tests. The maximum charge rate of 150kW is fine, but most alternatives match or exceed this. Still, it’ll get you from 0-80% battery capacity in 37 minutes.

There are three trim levels, starting with Techno at about £41,000. The middle trim is Esprit Alpine for an extra £2,500, then Iconic models are a further £2,000 on top of that. That makes it pretty good value, coming in at a bit less than the Tesla Model Y and Kia EV6, but more than the Peugeot e-3008.

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How much is the Renault Scenic E-Tech?

The Renault Scenic E-Tech has a RRP range of £37,495 to £45,495. However, with Carwow you can save on average £4,849. Prices start at £33,424 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £385.

Our most popular versions of the Renault Scenic E-Tech are:

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160kW Techno 87kWh Long Range 5dr Auto £36,167 Compare offers

If you’re looking at electric SUVs, the Renault Scenic’s price sits somewhere around the middle of the pack. You’re looking at around £41,000 for the entry-level Techno trim, or just over £45,000 for the fully loaded Iconic models. Around the mid-point of these two is the sporty-looking Esprit Alpine.

There are more affordable options, such as the Volvo EX30, Smart #1, Hyundai Kona Electric and Skoda Enyaq, with a few tempting options that cost a bit more, including the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Over £40,000 may look like a lot of money for a family car from Renault. But what helps to make the Scenic feel like it justifies that price tag is the fact that it’s bigger and more spacious than the Volvo, Smart and Hyundai. The Enyaq has a bigger boot, but the Scenic is a bit nicer inside.

Space and practicality

Interior space and practicality is really good, but alternatives have bigger boots if capacity is key

One of the key selling points of the Renault Scenic is its massively practical interior. There’s loads of room for all the accoutrements of family life. The door bins are a bit narrow but there’s a huge space in the centre console ahead of a single cupholder, with a divider that can be moved to create a second cupholder or more space as desired.

It’s a good system but it can be fiddly to slide into place, and it’s a similar story with the armrest. There’s a useful space beneath this, but the two USB-C slots that are built into this area can be tough to access with the armrest in its forward position. Ultimately there’s buckets of storage capacity with a couple of minorly annoying quirks to work around.

Finding a comfortable driving position is easy enough because there’s loads of adjustment for both the steering wheel and seat. However, the windscreen is quite narrow, so that largely dictates the best position to sit.

Space in the back seats

It’s similarly roomy in the back, with absolutely miles of legroom to the seats in front and plenty of space above your head, even if you’re tall. Shoulder room should be good enough for three, but the outer seat cushions rather push you towards the centre, so it can get quite snug if someone’s in the middle.

Practicality isn’t a patch on the front seats – the door bins are quite narrow and you do get big pockets on the seats in front, but that’s about it. There are two USB-C slots for charging phones, too. One cool feature is an armrest with swivelling arms that can hold your phone so you can watch videos easily on the move.

If you need to fit a child seat, the Scenic is a great option. The doors open really wide and all that kneeroom translates into a big space that’ll fit even the bulkiest of child seats.

Boot space

The Renault Scenic has a good-sized boot when compared with alternatives. At 545 litres, it’s only beaten by the Skoda Enyaq (585 litres) and cavernous Tesla Model Y (854 litres). The latter also has a 117-litre front boot, something the Renault goes without.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s boot is slightly smaller than the Renault’s at 527 litres, but its overall capacity wins when you take the 57-litre front boot into account. The Smart #1’s boot is tiny by comparison at 273 litres (or up to 411 litres if you slide the rear seats forward), but it does make up for this by being similarly spacious in the rear seats. The Volvo EX30 is also some way behind at 318 litres and is very cramped in the back.

You can fold the rear seats of the Scenic, but you do so by pulling a ring that’s covered by the seatbelt, so it’s not the easiest. Do so and you open up 1,670 litres of space, which is about average among alternatives, but is let down by a massive ridge where the seats lie so sliding big, heavy items in isn’t easy.

When accessing the Scenic’s boot, the bumper is quite high and there’s a deep lip, which, again, can make it tricky to lift large, heavy items over. There’s a big under-floor storage area, which is useful for charging cables and lesser-used items that you don’t want to clutter the main boot area.

Interior style, infotainment and accessories

The infotainment system is incredibly quick to respond, but overall interior quality is only so-so

While the Renault Scenic’s exterior design has a cool, ultra-modern edge, the same doesn’t quite extend to the interior. It’s not a bad design, rather simple and fuss-free. You get a twin-screen instrument and infotainment setup on a panel that sits proud of the main dashboard. It’s all the rage these days but here it doesn’t look quite as seamlessly integrated as it is elsewhere.

On the plus side, the infotainment system is incredibly quick to use. Usually the best you can hope for is ‘quick for an in-car setup’, but the Scenic’s computers work as rapidly as any iPad. You switch screens the moment you touch an on-screen button, and the next display loads in an instant, with no lag when you drag map screens around, either. That shouldn’t be a big deal in 2024, but it actually is. Physical climate control buttons are useful, too.

The quality of everything around the displays is hit and miss, though. The material on the things you regularly touch is pretty good, with the Esprit Alpine model we tried having nice leather on the armrest and big, comfy seats that give you a nice hug. But there are also scratchy plastics in easy reach, such as the top of the doors.

The overall effect is fine, but it’s more conventional than the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Smart #1, though therein may lie its appeal, depending on your preference.

Electric range, charging and tax

There’s just the one motor and battery combination available on the Renault Scenic. You get an 87kWh battery capacity that offers an official range of up to 379 miles, which would make it one of the longest range electric cars in the UK. A bold claim, so check back once we’ve had a chance to verify this on a test drive.

That battery is paired with a 220hp electric motor that offers steady performance, with a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds, and the top speed is 106mph.

When it’s time to charge, the Scenic can take up to 150kW on a public fast charger, which is fine but not great. Official charging times haven’t yet been confirmed, but Renault rather vaguely notes that you can get two hours of motorway driving from a 30-minute fast-charge.

If you’re a company car buyer, the Scenic has a very low benefit-in-kind rate thanks to being an electric car. Not having to pay any car tax until 2025 is also a nice bonus.

Safety and security

The Renault Scenic has not yet been through Euro NCAP’s safety testing, but both Renault’s Austral and Megane E-Tech scored full marks back in 2022, which bodes well for this new model.

You do get some good assistance kit as standard, including a blind spot monitoring system with an emergency lane-keeping assistant to avoid motorway collisions. Adaptive cruise control is also usefully included on all models, as is a parking assistant. Step up from the base trim and you get a digital rear-view mirror and a surround view camera.

Reliability and problems

The Scenic is not on sale yet so it’s impossible to know how reliable it might be. That being said, Renault has earned a fairly good reputation in recent years, so it’s unlikely you will have any major issues.

Renault’s standard warranty isn’t particularly reassuring, though. It’s about the minimum you get from any manufacturer in the UK at three years or 100,000 miles (though that mileage is unlimited in year one). You get much longer cover from MG, Hyundai and Kia.

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