Renault’s new Scenic is now available with a hybrid powertrain.
Priced from £25,055, the dCi 110 Hybrid Assist uses a 10kW electric motor powered by a 48-volt battery linked to the car’s standard 110 engine. Renault claims that it’ll return 80.7mpg – a 10% improvement over the standard engine – and emit just 94g/km CO2.
The battery is behind the second row of seats in the standard Scenic, or in the spare wheel housing in the Grand Scenic. The electrified powertrain benefits from increased torque – up to 51lb/ft extra in certain situations – and this gives the Scenic better in-gear pick-up, ideal for urban driving. When decelerating, the car’s Motor Generation Unit recovers energy and stores this in the battery.
Though the Scenic Hybrid does come with a £1,000 premium over the equivalent petrol or diesel version, its low emissions do mean that it qualifies for a discounted rate of vehicle tax – just £110 during the first year.
Renault’s Active Emergency Braking System with pedestrian detection comes as standard, as do 20-inch alloy wheels and an 8.7-inch colour touchscreen.
Available in three trim levels – Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav – the Scenic comes with a generous amount of equipment as standard.
All cars are equipped with an electronic parking brake and LED daytime running lights.