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Engine options, speed, acceleration and refinement

As part of Renault's drastic streamlining of its range, the Grand Scenic is only currently available with four engines, two petrol and two diesel. This is down from the seven on offer previously.

The petrols comprise a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre VVT unit with 109bhp and a turbocharged 1.2 Tce with 113bhp or 128bhp. The diesel choice is between 1.5 or 1.6 litres with 109- and 128bhp respectively.

The Scenic's an adequate performer and relaxing to drive

Our drive of the lower-powered diesel, equipped with stop-start, showed the Grand Scenic to be an adequate performer above low engine speeds. Try and select too high a gear too early and the Scenic reacts lazily at low rpm.

The engine is extremely refined though and, while its 0-62mph time of 13.5sec isn't scintillating, the Grand Scenic covered miles effortlessly over our test route. It also returned more than 50mpg.

We also drove the Grand Scenic's 128bhp 1.2-litre TCe petrol manual, which was very quiet and, for the most part, obliging.

It doesn't take to hard work quite as readily as Ford's Ecoboost three-cylinder, being better suited to laying on torque through the mid-range than fast revving. We also found throttle response on the petrol to be slightly uneven on initial take-up, and the shift quality to be a little notchy.

Renault offers a twin-clutch 'EDC' automatic transmission with the 1.5-litre dCi diesel, but we've yet to test it.

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