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FIRST DRIVE: New Renault Scenic electric! Has Renault won the space race? |

FIRST DRIVE: New Renault Scenic electric! Has Renault won the space race? |

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You’ve heard of the Renault Scenic, right? It was something of a household name through the nineties and noughties, having been a phenomenal success as an affordable and brilliantly utilitarian, if rather boring MPV. Then the family crossover-SUV came along, and the MPV died off – so much so that the Scenic was discontinued altogether in the UK by 2019. But now it’s back and – you guessed it – it’s morphed into a stylish crossover-SUV that’s out to topple the popular Peugeot 3008, Skoda Enyaq iV and Nissan Qashqai.

The Renault Scenic E-Tech only gets one powertrain, which features a 215bhp electric motor on the front wheels, and a 91kWh lithium-ion battery with an 87kWh usable capacity to power it.

This brings an official WLTP range of up to 379 miles, which is seriously impressive and is usefully better than you’ll get from the Skoda Enyaq iV, VW ID.4, Peugeot e-3008 and even the much more expensive Tesla Model Y. A smaller battery Scenic is offered in mainland Europe, but it’s unlikely to come to the UK.

Charging speeds are good on the Scenic, too, with a peak 150kW charging rate being on a par with or better than many of those rivals, although the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 will charge at over 200kW. When plugged into a powerful enough rapid charger, the Scenic can suck up enough electricity for a 20-80% charge in around 25 minutes. A 7kW home charger will manage a full charge from nearly empty in some 13 hours.

Join Nicola as she puts the new Renault Scenic E-Tech through its paces for the first time. Has Renault built a winner? Is it on your shortlist? Let us know in the comments below.


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