Renault has unveiled the all-electric Scenic E-Tech, with first deliveries of the new vehicle expected in May.

Previous generations have been MPVs, but the new Scenic marks a change in direction, switching to an SUV bodystyle (see: the best SUV tow cars).

All models share the same electric drivetrain, with 217hp and a range of up to 379 miles in official tests. That impressive distance between charges is partly due to the car’s large battery, with an 87kWh usable capacity. That’s bigger than the batteries in the Kia EV6 or the Volkswagen ID.3.

The towing capacity is 1100kg, so the Scenic is only suitable for lightweight caravans. For those looking for the best car to tow a caravan, this means it is at a disadvantage compared with similar electric models from Hyundai, Kia and Tesla, but is competitive with the modest maximum towing figures of most Volkswagen Group EVs.

The Scenic can accept DC charging at up to 150kW, for an 80% charge in as little as 37 minutes. For caravanners with a lightweight tourer, it should prove a practical choice, with a boot capacity of 545 litres. That compares well with the Kia EV6’s 480-490 litres.

Three specification levels are available. Techno is the entry-level model, and costs £40,995. The Esprit Alpine is priced at £43,495, while the range-topping Iconic costs £45,495.

You can also see what I thought when I took a first look at the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, a model with three engine variants to choose from or my first look at the Subaru Crosstrek, a four-wheel drive car with excellent ground clearance.

  • Price: From £40,995
  • Kerbweight: From 1852kg
  • 85% match: Above max tow
  • Max towing weight: 1100kg

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