Renault Grand Scenic Camper
It’s not the biggest MPV out there but still offers a good-sized boot for sleeping in. People tend to build sleeping platforms that are 180cm or longer and make them fit by pushing the front seats forward. As a bonus, you can also enjoy the panoramic sunroof that lets you admire the stars at night. This seven-seater MPV is not only stylish and practical, but also fun to drive and easy on the wallet.
But what makes the Grand Scenic a great choice for camping enthusiasts? Well, for starters, it has a clever modular seating system that allows you to fold down or remove any of the five rear seats individually, creating a flat load floor and up to 1,870 litres of space. That’s enough room for a tent, a couple of sleeping bags, a cooler box, a stove, and whatever else you might need for your trip.
The Grand Scenic also has plenty of storage compartments throughout the cabin, including underfloor bins, door pockets, cup holders, and a sliding centre console with four USB ports and an AUX input. You can keep all your gadgets and snacks within reach, and charge them on the go. Plus, the Grand Scenic features a panoramic sunroof that lets you enjoy the view of the sky and the stars at night.
The Grand Scenic is not only practical but also comfortable and enjoyable to drive. The suspension is well-tuned to absorb bumps and potholes, while the steering is light and responsive. The Grand Scenic also comes with a host of safety and convenience features, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and a reversing camera.
NimbleCamper rating: 2.9/5
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- Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
- Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
- Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
- Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
- NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
- a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by ev-database.org. It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
- In short: a litre of petrol contains about 8.9 kWh of energy. If we divide the energy consumption of an EV by this (f.e. 16 kWh/100 km divided by 8.9 kWh/litre), we get equivalent fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km.
- EV stats – taken from ev-database.org