Aspects of Sports utility vehicle have crept in to the design: there is a 40mm rise in ground clearance, more muscle towards the bodywork along with a shift to big 20in wheels. Curiously, it is not only for glitzy models either, because even entry-level Expression + models are rollin’ on 20s, as the saying goes.
Location France On sale November Cost £24,500 (est) Engine 4 cyls, 1198cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 128bhp at 5000rpm Torque 151lb foot at 2000rpm Gear box 6-spd manual Kerb weight 1430kg -62mph 11.4sec Top speed 117mph Economy 48.7mpg (combined) CO2/tax band 129g/km, 22% Rivals Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max
So far as handling is worried, the steering feels precise with little correction needed to help keep the Scenic inside a straight line. You’ll also find it’s very easy to sort out just how much lock you ought to get round a large part – there’s you don’t need to take a few bites on every bend.
The very best two trims will also get R-Link 2, Renault’s 8.7in portrait-orientated infotainment system. You get lots of functionality, including the opportunity to fold the trunk seats lower in the touch of the mouse. Regrettably, the menus could be confusing to navigate and slow to reply – switching tunes on the Bluetooth device, for instance, requires a shateringly lengthy time.
Dynamique S Nav and top Signature Nav trims get a colour mind-up display to project speed, navigation information along with other data. It appears proficient at a dead stop but jiggles slightly on the go. Additionally, it appears a terrible lengthy way lower the expansive dashboard.
The cabin is unquestionably practical, however. The generous glovebox pops open just like a filing cabinet, while between your seats is really a cavernous center console that may be slid forward and backward based on your passengers’ needs. Quality can also be very good you will find cheaper materials but they’re largely in areas you will not touch much.
Getting driving, the tech-laden interior in our high-spec test vehicle was immediately apparent. Analogue dials happen to be banned and changed with TFT shows for speed, engine temperature and fuel level. Scrolling with the five drive modes changes the center display and also the priority from the information displayed. It appears attractive enough but can’t show the range of information that Volkswagen’s Active Info Display does.
There’s a set of USB ports along with a 12V socket within the cubby underneath the front armrest, as well as the same again around the rear from the unit for individuals within the back. It’s handy, but sliding the system where it really works best being an armrest also hides the cupholders for front seat travellers.