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Removal of brand’s only seven-seater follows axing of five-seat Scenic last year and Koleos SUV last week
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8 July 2020

Renault has removed the Grand Scenic MPV from its UK portfolio, following the five-seat Scenic's departure last year. 

The departure of the formerly popular people carrier, confirmed to Autocar by a Renault UK spokesperson, also comes after the Koleos large SUV met the same fate last week. The decision to remove the seven-seater was taken prior to that and the Covid-19 pandemic, however. 

Both models remain on sale in other European markets, with the French brand’s UK range realigned to “better meet the needs of customers”. Although no UK-specific figures have been released, Renault sold just over 76,000 Scenics and Grand Scenics across Europe in 2019 – less than half the number it sold back in 2011. 

The sales decline reflects that of the wider MPV sector in favour of SUVs, with a number of manufacturers including Ford, Toyota and Vauxhall having exited the segment in recent years. All three of those brands are now reliant on larger, van-based models to satisfy the multi-passenger fleet markets. 

The original Scenic launched in 1996 and is widely credited with igniting the compact MPV sector. In 2003, the five-seater was joined by a seven-seat Grand Scenic, sitting beneath the Espace (which itself left the UK in 2014). At the MPV market’s peak in 2004, Renault shifted 320,000 Scenics and Grand Scenics in Europe. 

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8 July 2020

It's sad cos it was a genuinely good looking car.

8 July 2020
I fail to understand why the market is so 7 seat SUV focused. If you have children getting to the rearmost seats is an effort in itself.I have 4 kids and we run a Touran and an Alhambra. The Touran is tight getting in and seating wise.The Alhambra is a lot more spacious, access is easy with electric sliding doors. I shall be running it for a few years yet.

8 July 2020
jag150 wrote:

I fail to understand why the market is so 7 seat SUV focused. If you have children getting to the rearmost seats is an effort in itself.I have 4 kids and we run a Touran and an Alhambra. The Touran is tight getting in and seating wise.The Alhambra is a lot more spacious, access is easy with electric sliding doors. I shall be running it for a few years yet.

I think it's because SUV are primarily purchased as fashion items with a often false premise that they're massively practical too. Yes, they're easier to get in and out of compared to a conventional hatch or saloon and offer more room in the first and second rows, but compared to an equivalent MPV they fall short in overall terms of practicality and accomodation. Which is why MPV existed compared to hatces/saloons. But if people don't want a MPV or a 3rd row of seats, but want a huge boot, estates do a great job. Many SUVs are a compromised jack of all trades but a master of none...bar off roading.

8 July 2020

2 years Autocar actually said this “A few years ago, Renault culled its UK range, dropping the Laguna, Espace, Modus and Wind. It could easily do the same again: the Megane, Scenic, Koleos, and Twingo contribute very little.” I think the Megane will be dropped from the UK market too or its successor won't make it over hear when the current model is replaced within the next couple of years. Which would mean Renault just having a 3 car line-up in the UK - Clio, Captur and Kadjar.

8 July 2020
Lanehogger wrote:

2 years Autocar actually said this “A few years ago, Renault culled its UK range, dropping the Laguna, Espace, Modus and Wind. It could easily do the same again: the Megane, Scenic, Koleos, and Twingo contribute very little.” I think the Megane will be dropped from the UK market too or its successor won't make it over hear when the current model is replaced within the next couple of years. Which would mean Renault just having a 3 car line-up in the UK - Clio, Captur and Kadjar.

I too can't see the Megane lasting much longer on these shores. I don't see many of the current model but I suspect sales aren't great. As for the Kadjar, I'm not sure this sells brilliantly over here either. Yes, I see some but I see many more non-premium rivals while with the premium brands making greater inroads in this class of SUV, I think the Kadjar at some point will suffer a similar fate as the many other Renaults over here. At the moment, French cars larger than the Clio/Captur just don't sell well over here anymore. I bet the Peugeot 508 is hardly flying out of the showrooms and the 308 is probably seeing its sales slide over the years.

8 July 2020
Lanehogger wrote:

2 years Autocar actually said this “A few years ago, Renault culled its UK range, dropping the Laguna, Espace, Modus and Wind. It could easily do the same again: the Megane, Scenic, Koleos, and Twingo contribute very little.” I think the Megane will be dropped from the UK market too or its successor won't make it over hear when the current model is replaced within the next couple of years. Which would mean Renault just having a 3 car line-up in the UK - Clio, Captur and Kadjar.

And the electric Zoe. Still a weirdly truncated UK lineup though

8 July 2020

Even now I'll do a second take if I see a Megane parked up, especially the 5 door. It's an exquisite piece of design under appreciated by many. No MPV has any right to look that good but the proportion, form and surfacing are just wonderful. One of those rare mass produced design gems.

If you can't sell MPVs when they look like that then, I guess, you just won't. 

8 July 2020

I can't say that I am shocked, the unstoppable rise of the SUV. I am so out of tune with the decisions of the UK car buying public. I think I have more in common with the Japanese who still seem to appreciate truly practical even quirky cars. Edgy and aggressive seems to be the norm here. Renault will cease to exist here soon if they keep culling their range. I'm still mourning the axing of the passenger version of the Kangoo, I told you I was out of touch. By accident I spotted this week that the Kangoo is sold in Japan (only as a car not a van) and seems to have a bit of a cult following. So Renault will send a right hand drive Kangoo half way round the world, but not across the Channel.

8 July 2020

Inevitable if you look at the low numbers, quite surprised how they manage to sell anything in the UK - the new Clio isn't flying out of showrooms despite being a decent new model with buyer apparently preferring the cramped Fiesta. Citroen seem to offer a few niche models, C3 Aircross and a few others. Peugeot must be pinning everything on the 208 being a success or it's curtains for them. Only things that seem successful are the incessant SUV styled cars with huge wheels and towering front architecture. It's becoming rare to see a 4 door saloon these days and normal hatchbacks on the road. 

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