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Renault Grand Scénic and Toyota Prius Plus Test: Hybrid vs. diesel

Achim Hartmann
Renault Grand Scénic and Toyota Prius Plus in the test
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Comparative trips of a uto motor und sport traditionally always start at a specific petrol station, and usually the petrol station attendant does not hold back the test car with his classification. In view of these compact vans, however, even his skeptical looks betray a perplexity, which he with the comment “Yes, it doesn't fit. Hybrid versus diesel. Automatic against switch 'still underlined. He is not entirely wrong with this assessment, but the advice that both the new Toyota Prius Plus and the Renault Grand Scénic Energy dCi 110 consume exactly the same amount of fuel (according to NEDC specifications) with 4.1 L /100 km is true him more understanding.

We could have told him a lot more - that both cars are 4.6 meters long, can take up to seven people and with 136 or 110 hp (Renault) are not among the strongest pullers on this one Planets belong. But the next customers are jostling and we are on the highway. The Toyota Prius Plus leaves the yard with a gentle whisper and pulls away quickly with an extra 207 Newton meters of thrust provided by the electric motor. The joy doesn't last long, however. From 30 km /h, the 99 hp petrol engine is involved in the driving process, and it gets louder with increasing speed - only to finally reach the top speed, which is limited to 165 km /h, with an annoying yowl and a lot of effort.

Toyota Prius Plus good for consumption, bad for your hearing

The reasons for this lie in the design of the hybrid drive train. On the one hand, the lithium-ion battery quickly runs out of breath when driving without recuperation options; on the other hand, the electronics and the continuously variable CVT transmission always ensure the right engine speed. This is good for consumption, but unfortunately bad for your own hearing. Ultimately, it can lead to the fact that even easy overtaking maneuvers over land are better reconsidered in order not to subject yourself and your occupants to the row. An effect that the 1,547 kilo Toyota Prius Plus supports with a comfortable, almost wobbly tuned chassis, softly padded seats and imprecise steering Driving a Renault Grand Scénic Energy dCi 110. Its pithy 1.5-liter diesel also has it with its 260 Newton metersnot easy to get the 1,598 kilo van in motion. It accelerates to 100 km /h in a leisurely 12.9 seconds (Toyota Prius Plus: 12.7 s). Thanks to a conventional and pleasantly precise locking gear, it is much faster and quieter on the road over land. Equipped with 17-inch wheels, a firmer chassis and more precise steering, it can also be guided through curves with greater sensitivity and even increases driving pleasure.

Renault Grand Scénic with an enormous amount of space

The Renault Grand Scénic itself ensures that the driver does not get too cocky: with a long sixth gear, virtual instruments that can always be used if desired show the ideal speed range, and an enormous amount of space. After all, a load space of 564 to a maximum of 2,063 liters not only needs to be fully packed, it also has to be moved. If the third bench seat (700 euros surcharge) is opened, there are still 208 liters for hand luggage. 2.2 tons maximum weight are allowed. So vacation trips could take longer. The occupants of the 25,950 euro Renault, which appears in the Dynamique version, will not bother. In the meantime, you will enjoy the attractive mix of materials and the comfortable, multi-adjustable and sufficiently wide seats in the second row. Numerous compartments, pockets and drawers also offer enough space for iPads, toys and books.

The Toyota Prius Plus is less accommodating. Despite its higher base price of 31,700 euros (Life equipment), the entire interior looks dreary, less high-quality and not nearly as inviting as in the Renault. It doesn't offer much more than a panorama roof, large shelves in the doors, cup holders, a small compartment in the center console, a lean trunk volume of 505 to 1,750 liters and the third, hard-to-reach rear seat.

Toyota Prius Plus in the city much more economical

Back at the pumps, we meet our gas station attendant again. So who was more economical - the hybrid or the diesel? The results confirm the test impressions. With a minimum consumption of 4.4 liters and an additional city consumption of 4.1 L /100 km, the Toyota Prius Plus performs particularly well in the city (Renault minimum: 5.3 L /100 km). In return, the Renault Grand Scénic shows with a lower maximum consumption that it is ideal for longer journeys. If you then add the more attractive basic price, the better space and the good equipment, the Renault Grand Scénic Energy dCi 110 is definitely the better partner on every eco trip in the long run.


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