Few seven-seat family cars will be more appealing for company car drivers looking to save money on benefit-in-kind tax than this one.

The Scenic and Grand Scenic have an established strength in this area, and the most CO2-efficient model in each case still emits less carbon dioxide than almost all of its immediate rivals – and that’s with Renault’s even more frugal diesel-hybrid Scenic yet to be added to the range.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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CAP doesn’t expect the high-price, high-spec, high-design positioning to result in great residuals immediately

A competitive list price also plays its part in any attractive finance or PCP offering, though, and it’s pretty clear from the Scenic’s that Renault thinks people will be willing to pay for its curvaceous design, 20in rims and well-stocked equipment level.

At list price, our test car was pricier than a like-for-like Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer or Volkswagen Touran.

You do get automatic emergency braking as standard on even the entry-level model, though, as well as cruise control and DAB radio. We would opt for the mid-range Dynamique Nav, which comes with parking sensors and an upgraded version of Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system.

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An outstanding safety offering has been helping to shift Renaults for years. You’d imagine it would help to sell any MPV – and it should do the same for this one, the five-seat Scenic having scored five stars and an impressive 90 percent adult occupant protection rating with Euro NCAP.

No direct rivals have yet been tested under the current regime by the organisation, though.

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