Renault Grand Scenic is 'greenest MPV'
The Renault Grand Scenic has been named the Green MPV of the Year in the annual What Car? Green Awards, it has been announced.
A seven-seat people carrier is not normally associated with fuel economy and low emissions, but judges of the awards chose the vast people carrier because of advances Renault has made in engine technology.
What Car? Editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: "Renault thoroughly deserves this award because making a green MPV is not easy. However, the Grand Scénic seats seven adults in comfort, and emits only 115g/km of CO2, ensuring a low carbon footprint for driver and passengers."
The low level of CO2 emissions mean the Renault Grand Scenic is in Band C of road tax and subsequently, owners will not have to pay any for the first year of ownership.
This is supported by fuel economy of 64.2mpg - a number on par with several smaller family cars and higher than most other large seven-seat models.
The figures come courtesy of a 1.6-litre diesel engine incorporating the latest Stop & Start technology, which saves fuel in busy traffic by automatically turning the engine off when the car is stationary.
Renault UK's Managing Director, Thierry Sybord, said: "We've not lost sight of the need to optimise the efficiency of our combustion-engined models.
"The 1.6 dCi Stop & Start version of Scénic and Grand Scénic is proving a revelation for families and business users alike, who appreciate its low CO2 emissions, impressive fuel consumption, and for the latter, low tax bracket."
The Renault Grand Scenic starts from £18,415 for petrol version while the 1.6-litre diesel version starts from £21,200.
Renault has designed two specification levels for its large MPV comprising I-Music and the range-topping TomTom, which includes a high-spec satellite navigation system as standard.