The seating system is excellent and reconfiguring the cabin is fast and simple. While the two rear seats are only suitable for small children the car is a very comfortable five seater with a large boot when these rear seats are folded. The cabin has proved hard wearing and durable but is low rent and most of the plastics feel hard and cheap. Equipment levels in the SR are very good and there is very little you'd want to add other than MP3 player integration and a USB or SD port. So far so decent, however the ride is quite harsh combined with a lot of body lean in corners, steering is light but lacks feel, it is probably as god as other vehicles in this class but feels very poor to drive compared to a regular family hatchback. The engine is underpowered and needs to be revved to make reasonable progress with frequent downshifts, this also means the fuel consumption is poor, I average 30-32mpg, which in a car with sluggish performance is not very good. We got a good price on a nearly new 08 a couple of years ago and whilst the children were very young and we needed to carry grandma as well it was a useful car, the seating system is excellent and better than most rivals whilst the drive is no worse than its rivals but others have better running costs. Overall a car you drive because you need it but with no driver appeal or character.
Just bought a 30,000 mile 3 year old 1.8 vvti t3, and it is superb. I have had 2 scenics, the last one i did 66,000 miles in 3 years, and i thought it was a good car, until i drove this. It is superior in every way. Cabin noise? don't know what others are used to driving, but i grew up with my dads merc's and jags, and i can tell you, for what the car is, it's quiet as it needs to be. Engine lacking in power? what are you used to? once it comes on cam, it just keeps pulling and pulling, and sounds superb too.
It does what it says on the tin, and is brilliant for someone who needs an occasional 7 seater.
My wife and I are very happy with this car which we bought almost new 30k miles ago. We have 1.8 t2 version. The car is wonderfully practical - we take huge loads readily (two adult bikes easily transported inside the car when off to France -but still enjoy a comfortable and spacious drive. economy is fairly good - 37 is about right but it is easy to get higher with a little restraint.Vision from height is lovely, seats comfortable. Acceleration is good. The 'noise' issue mentioned elsewhere is simply wrong. Niggles include parking - vision when parking is not good - and storing the boot cover is fiddly.
I am writing this review to refute what I have read about cabin noise. This is the only car I have ever owned in which I can conduct a conversation in just more than a whisper at 70mph. I really cannot understand how anyone could say it is noisy. Obviously it is a lot noisier with the load area flat, and no load, but if normally loaded it is quieter than any other car I have been in, bar a Lexus. On the critical side, I find the steering really poorly geared for easy parking. There is something about it which makes reversing into and out of parking spaces really troublesome, and a tight multi-storey is a nightmare - you really have to have the cornering senses of a Formula 1 driver to escape bumper scrapes. Overall, though, I have really enjoyed the ability to drive across the Continent, well positioned for visibility, and knowing that I am consuming very little fuel - even in mountainous Switzerland I have averaged well over 40mpg (the on-board computer is always about 3mpg optimistic). My normal weekly average mpg is calculated on a mix of short and long runs, 2 miles to 60 miles. I would highly recommend this car to anyone, so long as they have good spatial awareness!
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