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Renault Grand Scenic 1.9 dCi Privelage

Broadcast dates : 6th February 2005
10th February 2005

Some of the most imaginative design work in the automotive world right now focuses on a dazzling array of seating configurations.

Renault is one of the leaders in this field, having led the minivan or MPV explosion with cars like the Espace in the 1980s and more recently the Scenic.

With the centre row of seats folded, some 1 920 litres of load space is liberated.

With the two rear seats popped up, luggage room all but disappears… to a rather modest two-hundred litres.

The Grand Scenic remains an elegant road warrior, with just a touch of heft at the rear end.

The multi-spoked alloy wheels on the Privelage trim version add some panache.

Engine choices on the Grand Scenic are a two-litre petrol and a 1.9-litre diesel, which is what we drove.

The slightly elevated ride makes the Renault a good long-distance vehicle, giving the driver and passengers a relaxed ride.

And once you’re in Scenic country, you can sit back end enjoy… well… the scenery!

The diesel version is said to have a top speed of a 188 kilometres per hour, and a 0 - 100 time of 12,7 seconds, so its a solid, but not earth-shaking performance.

Like the Megane Coupe Convertible we featured a few weeks ago, the Grand Scenic scores big in the interior style stakes.

The beige-coloured trim is oh-so-subtle, and the switch-gear quality is excellent.

The rest of the cockpit exudes harmony, and thoughtful touches like the child-watcher rear-view mirror make so much sense. All in all, the Scenic’s interior offers a comfortable ride.

But taking the comfort still further is the car’s engine. Diesel motors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they make a lot of sense in a people-mover.

A bit clattery at idle, the 88 kiloWatt four-cylinder diesel is smoothness personified at cruising speeds.

And fuel consumption is the big motivator – around 8.0 litres to a hundred kilometres in overall useage.

Driving a diesel does require extra concentration. As the effective power-band is between 2000 and 4000 rpm, you’ll be making lots of use of the six-speed manual gearbox.

Service intervals on the Renault are 15 000 kilometres, impressive for a diesel model.

The Car Torque team came away impressed with the Grand Scenic. If you must have seven seats, but still want to appreciate innovative design and refined European taste, there are worse ways to travel.

Renault Megane Grand Scenic 1,9 dCi Privelage
  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 1 870 cc
  • Power: 88 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 300 Nm @ 2 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 12,7 seconds
  • Top speed: 188 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 5,8 litres/100 (claimed)
  • Price R242 000

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