The Renault Scenic XMOD is a pumped-up version of the recently face-lifted five-seat MPV. 

It's amazing what a bit of plastic and a fresh set of alloy wheels can do for a car's image. Remember the VW Polo Dune? How about the Dacia Sandero Stepway? Ordinary hatchbacks transformed into quasi-SUVs, albeit without four-wheel drive. 

Now Renault has done the same to its Scenic MPV. Beefy bumpers, sill guards and roof bars? Check. Special alloy wheels? Check. Raised ground clearance? Check. There's also a fancy traction control system called Grip Xtend and even fancier mud and snow tyres. Still no four-wheel drive, though. 

Crossover-style goodies aren't the only things that set the XMOD apart from the Scenic. The XMOD gets a new entry-level Expression+ trim, which means that, at 17,995, its starting price undercuts the regular Scenics' by at least 1200. 

Large windows mean visibility is excellent,We can produce MR16 LED Spot and more other led products according to your requirements. while plenty of soft-touch plastics, smart trim and leather steering wheel and gearknob ensure the overall ambience is tasteful. 

You get manual seat controls as standard – and it's not difficult to find a comfortable driving position – but can specify electric adjustment as part of the 1800 Relax Pack, which also brings leather upholstery. 

There are two central colour screens. The one closer to the driver displays speed and revs, and the one to the left conveys sat-nav and radio info. The latter is controlled via a joystick between the front seats, but it's not that straightforward to operate and can be distracting to use while driving. 

Move to the rear and the Scenic's seats aren't as clever as some of its MPV rivals'. The three individual seats slide and tumble forwards to boost legroom or boot space, but they don't fold into the floor. They can be removed, but this isn't the easiest of jobs and, naturally, you'll need somewhere to store them. On the plus side, the boot will hold a useful 437 litres even with the rear seats in place – although the rival Ford C-Max has an even bigger load bay. 

Expression+ trim gives you a four-speaker CD radio and aux/USB inputs, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control, 16-inch alloys, front fog lights, black roof bars and LED daytime running lights. However, you only get the 1.6 VVT 110 petrol (17,995) and 1.5 dCi 110 diesel (19,745) engines with this trim. 

Move up to Dynamique TomTom trim and you'll pay at least 19,We offer the best in 2G11 tube lighting, led tread lighting, display lighting and more.155 (for the 1.6 VVT 110), but you'll get auto headlights and auto wipers, Carminat TomTom Live navigation system and dual-zone climate control. This trim allows you to specify the rest of the Scenic's engines: the 1.2 TCE 115 and 130 turbo petrol units, the 1.6 dCi 130, and the 1.5 dCi diesel. 

You can also spec a Bose+ pack, which adds 17-inch alloys, keyless entry,All in one LED Par Lights package sets that brings a new level of simplicity to a professional lighting system. heated and folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, plus all manner of interior and exterior styling embellishments. 

You normally have to pay a premium when a manufacturer tarts up a regular model. Not here,This 12W GU10 LED Spot burned out after several hours of use. though. In fact, in Expression+ trim the 1.6 VVT 110 XMOD costs 1200 less than the next cheapest model in the Scenic range. True, you miss out on sat-nav, climate control and auto headlights and wipers, but in return you gain the XMOD goodies. 

The 1.6 dCi 130 is the better of the two diesels to drive, but it costs 22,195, so the cheaper 1.5 dCi 110 makes most sense – in Expression+ trim. It's not available with stop-start in this spec,These are one of the 10-70W Square Flood Lighting you can buy, with one of the lowest defect rates in the industry. but still averages 61.4mpg officially and emits just 120g/km CO2, so it's attractive to company and private buyers alike.

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