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Test Drive: Renault Scenic XMOD 1.6 dCi

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Test Drive: Renault Scenic XMOD 1.6 dCi

One of the most popular minivans currently available for order, the Renault Scenic, has given me some different sensations but in the end all I had to say about it is that you should definitely consider adding one to your garage if you are a family guy / girl.

Renault has produced its first ever minivan back in the 1980s. This was called the Espace and the lineup was eventually expanded with the Megane Scenic and even the Modus. The Scenic has eventually become an icon in the company’s lineup and it is still based on the Megane, just like every other vehicle in its segment which is based on the technical platform of the hatchback.

Engine and Transmission

The tested vehicle was equipped with one of my favorite engines, the 1.6 liter dCi diesel, which is producing a total output of 130 HP (96 kW) at 4,000 rpm and it has a peak torque of 320 Nm (240 lb-ft), available at 1,750 rpm. This unit is so appreciated that it will be used by Mercedes-Benz too and it can also be found on other vehicles produced by Nissan for example.

This wasn’t my first encounter with the 1.6 dCi so I knew what to expect, enough power and a great fuel consumption so choosing it will be a win-win situation. Unfortunately Renault is not offering the EDC transmission with this unit so if it did, you should have forgotten about the competition like the Zafira Tourer or the C-Max and go straight for the Scenic. The engine was connected to a 6-speed manual transmission which did its job like it should without asking too many questions. Shifting gears is easy but I would have still preferred the EDC.

Fuel Consumption

The Renault Scenic XMOD 1.6 dCi has an official average fuel consumption of just 4.4 liters and it packs a 60 liter fuel tank. This translates into a total range of over 1,000 km, which is quite impressive and achievable if you go easy on the throttle. During our test, we managed to achieve an urban fuel consumption of approximately 7 L / 100 km, in an economic drive mode, but turning on the climate control and pushing the gas pedal harder will bring this figure at approximately 8.

On the highway, things change for the popular minivan and if you are in a hurry and travel at 130 km/h, in sixth gear, the fuel consumption will stand at 7.2L / 100km and the needle will indicate 2,400 rpm. Things change once again if you drop your speed to 80 – 90 km/h and the average fuel burned at this speed will stand at less than 4L, so achieving a range of more than 1,000 km is quite “doable”.

The Ride

Being constructed to be basically a family MPV, the Renault Scenic XMOD is surprisingly comfortable, on the front seats at least, because in the rear, your passengers will feel every bump on the road. But considering the fact that you and your wife will be sitting on the front seats, it doesn’t really matter if your children will be shaken to their destination and if they will be thirsty, make sure you pull over. The Scenic XMOD is not what I can call an “attractive ride” but despite having an inflatable boat appearance, it is quite agile in corners and it will surprise you on how stable it is.

The Renault Scenic XMOD is riding on a Megane 3 platform, which is heightened, so you will be able to take it on a dirt road and play with it quite easily, but I would personally avoid the muddy or sandy roads, despite the Extended Grip system is offering three driving modes, Road, Off-Road and Expert, because these can put some big problems even to 4×4 vehicles. The system is working only with M+S tires.

Interior Design

Being inside the Renault Scenic XMOD hasn’t surprised me at all, considering the fact that I have driven every car the company has created so that déjà vu feel was in its place and I quickly noticed the common elements such as the steering wheel, levers, buttons and so on. The only thing different is the dashboard and this actually reminded me of the Toyota Prius, which isn’t that bad after all.

The tested car was well equipped and it came with features such as the dual-zone climate control, cruise control, push-button start, a panoramic windscreen, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, rearview camera and much more. Speaking of the rearview camera, I have to tell you that sometimes this failed to work, and speaking with other people about it they weren’t surprised at all. I was instead because this was the first time I noticed this problem on a Renault.

Likes / Dislikes

The engine is definitely in the “plus” category because, as I said before, it is one of my favorite. The transmission does its job too, along with all the features found on the model, except for the rain sensing wipers, which are basically useless on almost every vehicle, or the rearview camera, which can make you a hard time and, as we are already used to, it becomes all blurry if some rain will fall. The fuel consumption is definitely appreciated but we cannot say the same about the comfort or the limited off-road capabilities because of the lack of a 4-wheel drive system.

Price

Starting price – 24,000 euros
Tested vehicle – 25,000 euros

Tested Car

Renault Scenic XMOD 1.6 dCi MT Privilege
Engine: 1.6 liter diesel (1,598 cc)
Power: 130 HP @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 320 NM @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Dimensions: length 4,372 mm, width 1,845 mm, height 1,479 mm
Weight: 1,511 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60L
Trunk Capacity: 437L
0 – 100 km/h: 10.3s
Top Speed: 195 km/h

Rating:

4.2 / 5

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by Cristian Gnaticov (my Google+) - Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 - filed under Editors, News, Renault, Sticky news, Test Drive. Image credit: .
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