Renault Scenic E-Tech named European Car of the Year 2024

The Renault Scenic E-Tech has been named European Car of the Year 2024 by a panel of expert judges.

The electric family SUV beat six other shortlisted cars including other EVs and ICE models to take the crown and becomes the seventh Renault to secure the prestigious title.

The Car of the Year awards are judged by a panel of 59 motoring journalists from 22 countries, who assess each model on everything from driving dynamics and comfort to practicality and price. This year, there were more EVs than ICE models for the first time, with six of the seven finalists powered by batteries.

In the end, the jury awarded the Scenic E-Tech a total of 329 points, placing it ahead of the BMW 5-series, BYD Seal, Kia EV9, Peugeot E-3008/3008, Toyota C-HR, and Volvo EX30.

Fabrice Cambolive, CEO of Renault, said: “Winning the prestigious Car of the Year award is a great source of pride for everyone at Renault Group and the Renault brand.

“This recognition demonstrates that we have made the right choices: record-breaking range, generous and inviting roominess, all with a closely managed environmental footprint. When you add in the driving pleasure and ‘voiture à vivre’ equipment such as the new Solarbay panoramic sunroof or the latest generation OpenR Link system, Scenic has all the right features to shore up its position on the European EV market.”

Renault recently announced that it was cutting the entry price of the Scenic E-Tech with the introduction of a Comfort Range model which uses a smaller battery and less powerful motor. The 168bhp version with is 60kWh battery starts at £37,495, and offers a range of 260 miles.

The Scenic E-Tech becomes the seventh Renault to be named Car of the Year, following the original Scenic MPV in 1997, Renault 16 (1966), Renault 9 (1982), Clio (1991), Megane (2003), and Clio (2006).

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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.