The interior layout, fit and finish
Step inside the Scenic and you see an interior that lets in plenty of light and is easy to see out of. All but the entry-level models get front and rear parking sensors to make it easier to place the car at slow speeds. Both the seat and steering wheel have lots of adjustment, so finding the ideal driving position shouldn’t be too hard.
Most materials you touch regularly feel good, but there are places that feel much flimsier, especially the lower reaches of the dash, while the sliding centre console provided on higher trim levels doesn’t seem sturdy enough for family use.
The bottom two trims get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, and the top Signature trim gets R-Link 2, Renault’s 8.7in portrait-oriented system. You certainly get plenty of functionality, including sat-nav, but the menus can be confusing and slow to respond; switching songs on a Bluetooth device takes a painfully long time.
Three digital screens augment the central display, in place of traditional dials. While you can change what the screens show, they aren’t as good-looking as Volkswagen’s Active Info Display, nor can they convey as much information. There is, though, an optional head-up display (standard on Signature) that puts vital information in your eye-line so you rarely have to take your eyes off the road.
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