What is it?
With its unique blend of Gallic flair, impressive versatility and hatchback-rivalling dynamics, the Renault Scenic came to define the compact MPV sector when it was first released back in 1996. Now, two decades on, Renault hopes to recapture some of that initial success with its all-new seven seater - but that won't be an easy task considering the current state of the MPV market.
A lot can change in 20 years, and the sector Renault once dominated has been driven almost into the ground by competitive PCP deals and the fact that consumers have become increasingly image conscious. Why have a middling MPV when you could have a much more fashionable SUV instead?
So why, you might ask, is Renault targeting a dwindling market? Well, according to the French manufacturer, this new Grand Scenic isn’t an attempt to revive a diminishing sector but rather an effort to grab a bigger market share. In short, they’re going after the Volkswagen Touran and Citroën Grand Picasso.