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Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric Review

The Renault Scenic E-Tech is the brand’s all-electric offering for families, with a spacious interior and an electric driving range of up to 379 miles.

  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
  • Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric Iconic Long Range 220 HP
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): Up to 379 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   150 kW

Summary

  • Renault’s family-sized all-electric car
  • Long electric driving range of up to 379 miles
  • Spacious interior and 545-litre boot
  • Clever sunroof with glass that changes from clear to opaque

Background

Renault was a leader in EVs with the ZOE which was launched in the UK in 2013, but it was a long time before the brand’s next electric car, the Renault Megane E-Tech 100% Electric, appeared in 2022. The electric Renault Scenic E-Tech is now here and it’s won the title of Car of the Year 2024, so is this a worthy electric successor to the previous generations of the Renault Scenic?

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Design & Engineering

The Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric is 4,470mm long with a 545-litre boot (or 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded). This compares to a length of 4,200mm and a boot size of 440 litres for the Renault Megane E-Tech 100% Electric, so the Scenic offers more space for families – which was the concept behind the original Scenic.

The Scenic E-Tech has lots of legroom for rear seat passengers, with a flat floor, and there’s a large space under the boot floor that can accommodate charging cables as well as various other items.

A party trick of the Scenic E-Tech is the Solarbay opacifying panoramic sunroof which allows you to change the glass from clear to opaque in sections by the touch of a button, or by a voice command.

The Scenic E-Tech has an 87 kWh battery (although a 60kWh battery is also available) which is 6% more energy dense than that in the Megane E-Tech.

The Scenic E-Tech features an external sound for pedestrians composed by Jean-Michel Jarre (you can’t hear this very clearly when driving).

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Driving Experience

As you would hope with an electric family car, the Renault Scenic E-Tech is comfortable and refined, with good ride quality (unless the road surface becomes particularly poor). With a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 7.9 seconds, performance is good rather than rapid.

There are four ‘MULTI-SENSE’ drive modes, Comfort, Sport, Eco and ‘Perso’, with the drive mode button conveniently located on the steering wheel. The gear selector is a stalk located behind the right-hand side of the steering wheel, above a stalk for the windscreen wipers, which in turn is above a stalk with Renault’s usual media controls. And there are also paddles on both sides of the steering wheel which allow you to adjust four levels of brake regeneration. So it’s very busy on the right-hand side of the steering wheel, and it’s easy to inadvertently knock the wiper stalk when trying to change gear. There were a few occasions on test when the gear selector was moved in order to change gear, but the gear never actually changed.

The Scenic E-Tech has two large displays: a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 12-inch central touchscreen. Helpful shortcut buttons sit at the top of the touchscreen for vehicle, apps, CarPlay, media and home. Google is ‘built-in’, which means you get Google maps for satnav, which works well, as well as voice control.

There are some climate controls at the bottom of the touchscreen, and directly below these are some physical buttons for climate controls, including for adjusting cabin temperature; some of the on-screen buttons relate to the physical buttons underneath, others don’t.

Lane departure and speed warnings were notable for not being annoyingly intrusive.

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric Range and Charging

The Renault Scenic E-Tech has a WLTP combined electric driving range of up to 379 miles. During a week of mixed driving, the average real-world range was 316 miles.

As well as having an impressive driving range, the Scenic E-Tech has a rapid DC charging rate of 150 kW – Renault says that a 30-minute charge can provide two hours of driving range at motorway speeds – and the car can also AC charge at up to 22kW.

The Scenic E-Tech also has a heat pump as standard, which recovers heat and energy that would otherwise be wasted and re-uses it for the passenger compartment, helping to minimise the loss of driving range in cold weather.

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Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Price And Model Range

There are three Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric trim levels: techno (£40,995), esprit Alpine (£43,495) and iconic (£45,495) (as tested). The optional Midnight Blue metallic paint with Black Diamond roof costs an additional £1,250.

As well as the 220hp Long Range model with the 87kWh battery and 379-mile range, the Scenic E-Tech is also available as a 170hp Comfort Range version with a 60kWh battery and a 260-mile range, offered only in techno trim, with a starting price of £37,495.

You need to go for the top of the range iconic model if you want the Solarbay opacifying panoramic sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels rather than 19-inch wheels. Other equipment includes a 12-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system.

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric

Conclusion

The Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric does everything you want it to. It’s spacious – in the cabin and in the boot, it’s comfortable to drive, it has a long driving range, and a rapid charging rate of 150 kW. The way you can change the glass in the sunroof from clear to opaque is clever, and the infotainment system is more user-friendly than many others. The Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric Review

  • Test electric driving range: 316 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 285 Wh per mile
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/25): 2%
  • Price:   £45,495 as tested (from £37,495)
  • Insurance group:   32E
  • Power:   220 hp
  • Torque:   300 Nm
  • Max speed:   105 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   7.9 seconds
  • Weight:   1,918 kg
  • Towing capacity:  1,100 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor