The Scénic is competitively priced against its rivals and all but entry-level models come with a high standard of equipment. Good refinement, a supple ride and decent running costs make it civilised family transport
Smaller-engined versions are short on pace and the Scénic isn't as sharp to drive as some rivals. Rear headroom should be better and this model has only five seats where some have seven. They also have to be removed, rather than folded away, if you need more space
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
A broad range of six engines, ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and 80bhp to 140bhp, including two diesels, allows buyers to pick precisely the motor for their needs. The 1.4 is a bit feeble with a full load aboard. The 1.6 and the more powerful turbodiesel present the most convincing arguments.
Ride & Handling
The majority of Scenics have a softish, slightly lolloping gait that puts comfort ahead of sharp direction changes, though all Scenics grip well and are easy to manoeuvre. Two-litre versions are firmer to but don't ride as well as a result. The RX4 has four-wheel drive and raised ground clearance for limited green-laning.
Gently does it. An easy-going driving style keeps the interior of a Scenic relatively hushed, though there's too much wind noise at cruising speeds. Acceleration unearths excessive engine noise, especially with the 1.4, 2.0 and diesel units. A lighter and quicker gearchange would be welcome, too.