A VERY VERSATILE AND ATTRACTIVE MPV VEHICLE, WHICH STANDS OUT FROM ALL THE OTHER CARS ON THE ROAD TODAY - STYLISH, GOOD DRIVING POSITION, ROOM FOR THE FAMILY, LOW RUNNING COSTS. IT'S RELIABLE, AND OVERALL I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH HOW THE CAR PERFORMS, CONSIDERING IT IS ONLY A 1.5 DCI ENGINE. MY PREVIOUS CAR WAS A SCENIC, AND I WOULD CERTAINLY CHOOSE RENAULT AGAIN.
I have been driving the 1.6 Scenic for nine months now and have to say that the car drives like a dream with power delivered over a fairly wide band.
I recently had cause to make two long-distance journeys and the seat comfort was excellent with no suggestion of any lack of support to back or thighs.
Running costs are not too bad at all. Fuel consumption is well up there with the manufacturers figures.
It is on quality where where this car falls down dramatically. Some of the cabin plastics are of a brittle variety. The inner plastic panel of the tailgate is separating from the gate itself as the plastic lugs are disintegrating under normal closing conditions.
Then there are other issues with the electronic tailgate lock switch refusing to open and the misprogrammed computer, which tells you that you need an oil-change when in fact you are only half way there!
All driving aspects are great except for the brakes, which scream mercilessly despite having been "repaired" three times.
This really is a great driver's car, please believe that. But the negatives on the quality side are beginning to grate on my nerves. Aargh! My wife has just called me this very moment to say that she is on her way to a dealer as a headlight bulb has conked out! That just about sums up my nine months with the Scenic.
I have noticed this summer that the rear brakes and bearings started to squeak in dry weather on journeys of more than 50 miles.
Speaking to other owners, they say that it seems to be a common problem. I am a disabled driver so the full running costs, servicing etc, I can't comment on.
The only problem I have had is with the spark plugs, which seem to burn out. I have had to change three so far and luckily they were covered by the maintainance from Motability.
Overall, the Scenic is a comfortable, safe and reliable car and I am staying with the Scenic when I exchange cars. I hope I can adjust to the automatic handbrake quickly!!!
The 1.5 dCi 80 engine is fine for short journeys up to 50 miles in town or on single carriageways, so long as you can have a long run-up for overtaking! It's not especially quick. That said, economy around town and on school runs has been superb: this car has driven 8800+ miles, and has averaged 48.9mpg since bought.
There are some annoying build niggles. The indicators cancel repeatedly during manoeuvres. The switch has been replaced once already, but the replacement is beginning to do the same. The glovebox mechanism has also gone south and needs repair. The gearbox rattles at low revs and needs slight sideways pressure to cancel the noise. Electrically, the electric handbrake warning on the dash has operated occasionally, but turned out to be a sensor issue. My dealer took the issue seriously and repaired the car promptly. Service has been very good.
The car was bought with a Renault "Selections" PCP with zero deposit and a substantial discount, because the 1.5dCi 80 probably isn't all that popular. That said, this car has lived up to expectations. It is safe, rides well, is very flexible as required, and is more comfortable than my new VW Passat. The toys - the central storage bin fitted to this "Expression" model - and the automatic lights and wipers work well. Beware that the lights will come on in dark places, such as when boarding Eurotunnel Shuttle trains, much to the chagrin of their staff!
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