What is it?
It’s the most frugal entrant in Renault’s 2012 model year Grand Scenic people carrier range – the 1.5-litre dCi 110 Stop and Start.
It is also the only new seven-seater on sale in the UK that qualifies for a £20 tax disc. And for benefit-in-kind company car tax at less than 16 per cent. And for the government’s 100 per cent first-year ‘capital allowance’ tax relief scheme, which is increasingly important for fleet operators.
It’s a three-row, one-and-a-half tonne family car that, Renault claims, does almost 70mpg; the sort of car with which Renault should really have the seven-seater fleet car market all sewn up, surely?
What’s it like?
Marginally less exceptional away from the spec sheet and out in the real world – but convincing nonetheless. On a mixed urban and motorway route, our test car bettered 50mpg, making it frugal next to its peers; well short of Renault’s government economy claims, but the car wouldn’t be alone on that front.