Yes, it’s a turbocharged petrol engine in Renault’s oh-so sensible Grand Scénic, that paragon of family values. You know you’ve grown up when you buy a Scénic – so is this Renault’s attempt to give its midi-MPV some youthful driver appeal?
Renault calls the 2.0-litre turbo-charged 16-valver (the same 2.0-litre unit found in the rest of the Mégane range but with a blower added) a ‘high-performance’ engine and claims 0-60mph in 9.6sec – quick for a vehicle of the Grand Scénic’s size and weight.
In a straight-line dash, however, it doesn’t feel that quick – this is not a spool-up-the-turbo-and-wait-for-the-punch kind of engine – and it’s really the mid-range kick that shows off the engine’s increased power and torque. The 2.0-litre pulls strongly from idle, with the 199lb ft peak torque at 3250rpm, but if you use the new-found performance expect 30mpg or less.
Where the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine gets a little noisy and harsh at high revs, this one stays pleasantly quiet and refined from idle to a 90mph cruise. In fact, the whole car is very civilised, with little wind or road noise, even on notoriously noisy concrete motorways.