Renault has just launched their Scénic and Grand Scénic MPVs in Ireland.

The Scénic is the five seater and starts at €26,000 for a petrol, and €27,000 for a diesel. The seven seat Grand Scénic starts at €28,400 for a petrol, and from €29,400 for a diesel.

MPVs have been under pressure in recent years with the rise of the SUV, but Renault remains committed to providing an MPV line-up alongside the Renault Captur and Kadjar SUVs.

But the design has been a very important consideration in the development of the new Scénic range and the ethos has been to make it ‘sexy but practical’.

The new cars do look good with a very distinctive Renault face, curvaceous body and striking two-colour finish (body and roof). Both the Scénic and Grand Scénic come with 20″ alloy wheels as standard, which was a design consideration from the start.

Inside the cabins bear resemblance to the new Megane. There is an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen available and Multisense technology that enables the driver to alter the driving setup and cabin lighting. One-Touch Folding rear seats – controllable from the boot or dash via the R-Link touchscreen system –  make it easier and quicker to fold the rear seats flat to transport larger items.

Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic
The interior of the new Renault Scénic

The new Scénic has a boot capacity of 572 litres, and the Grand Scénic has 596 litres of load space with five seats in place.

Four trim levels are offered on both Scénic and Grand Scénic – Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav.

The new Scénic has a number of safety features including Automatic Electronic Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and automatic high/low beam.

Engines include a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol with 115bhp, and 1.5-litre (110bhp) and 1.6-litre (130bhp) diesels. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

The new Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic are in Renault’s Irish dealer network now.

Caroline Kidd