What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The original mid-sized MPV remains one of the most versatile you can buy

Against It only has five seats when some of its rivals have seven, and the gearchange is poor

Verdict The Scenic is a brilliant family car with a flexible and spacious cabin

Go for… 1.9 dCi Expression

Avoid… RX4

Renault Scenic MPV
  • 1. Even with all five seats in use, the boot will still hold their luggage
  • 2. Check for loose trim and listen out for rattles from all over the cabin
  • 3. It's best to buy a model from after 1999, as it will have extra safety equipment
  • 4. Broken wiper motors are not uncommon, and can be time-consuming to sort
  • 5. The engines are generally tough, but the gearchange can become vague and sloppy
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