Renault launches new entry-level Scenic E-Tech with £3,500 price cut

Renault has slashed the starting price of its Scenic E-Tech with the introduction of a new entry-level specification.

Available only in techno trim, the Scenic E-Tech Comfort Range costs £37,495 – £3,500 less than the previous entry-level car. The pay off is a smaller battery and less powerful motor, which loses out in performance but offers improved efficiency.

The Comfort Range model uses a 168bhp front-mounted motor in place of the Long Range car’s 217bhp one. That extends the 0-62mph time from 7.9 to 8.6 seconds and cuts the top speed from 105mph to 93mph. However, it improves official efficiency from 3.9m/kWh 4.3m/kWh.

The entry-level car also replaces the Long Range car’s 87kWh battery with a 60kWh unit. That cuts the maximum range from 379 miles (one of the best on the market) to 260 miles. It retains the same charging technology as the more expensive model, offering up to 22kW AC charging and 130kW DC charging that will take the car from 15-80% charge in 32 minutes.

Guillaume Sicard, managing director of Renault UK, said: “Renault is committed to democratising EV ownership and introducing the new 60kWh battery Comfort Range version was a logical decision, bringing our latest all-electric SUV within reach of a wider array of car buyers. With a range of up to 260 miles, it offers a great blend of value and usability to all customers, whether private, business or purchasing via Motability.”

The techno spec retains a decent equipment list, despite being the entry-level car. Standard specification includes 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, front and rear full LED lights, electric flush door handles and electric folding door mirrors.

Inside, there are heated seats and steering wheel, a 12.3-inch driver information display and 12-inch Android-powered multimedia screen. Standard kit also includes wireless smartphone charging, automatic air conditioning, rear-view camera, front and rear park assist, and a powered tailgate.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.