As a family of 4 we needed a car which was comfortable and had plenty of load space..... but "not a bus", as my wife put it.
The Scenic has met this description perfectly. The low load formation of the boot is great and it seems to have elastic walls, you can fit so much in there. The back seats also slide forward and fold up, so giving huge amounts of boot space when needed.
There are lots of great compartments for carrying your stuff and storing your valuables too.
I've found the Scenic very comfortable. The higher than usual seating position gives a great view of the road and with the back being quite flat, parking is a doddle.
Mileage seems to be pretty good and the car handles well. It's certainly no race-car but it gives a comfortable, smooth ride with enough power there when you need it.
On the downside, the seat belts in the back seem fiddly and it can difficult to get them to click into the holders. The passenger side door locks itself unecessarily and so has to be opened from the inside when you stop to pick someone up.... but these are minor niggles. Overall we love our Scenic, it's a perfect family car.
I purchased my Renault Scenic about a year ago. The reason being that I was expecting baby number two and my little ford ka wasn't going to surfice anymore. I had a budget of £4000 and after viewing a few vehicles I decided of the scenic for the good safety reviews it had and the space it offered. Five door, five seat vehicle with a 1.6 petrol engine. As a 2004 model it is getting on bit now but having driven it around for a year and covered quite a few miles I have certainly formed strong opinions about what I do and don't like about it.
The good - the space it offers is fantastic. We regularly take trips up north to visit family and this car easily accomadates two small children, their car seats and all the luggage involved. The boot space is fantastic. It never fails to amaze me the things I can fit in the car when the back seats are down. The legroom in the front and back is excellent. My 6'4 husband never complains about not having enough room! There are trays on the back of the front seats for passengers to put things on and my three year old loves this for his drink and snacks. To drive and be a passenger in it is very comfortable. It is also very easy to drive and park (and im not the best at parking!), the reversing sensors make such a difference.
The bad - things go wrong, alot. I have never once, touches wood, broken down or had it fail to start but anything electrical in the can and will fail. The electrics on the dashboard went crazy one day and started flashing randomly. My local garage didnt have the equipment to deal with it so it had to go to a Renault garage who charged me £200 for the pleasure of resetting it all. The locking system failed as well one day, again almost £200 to have it fixed. The passenger side window is currently borken, will not go up or down but at a quote of £300 to get it fixed it will be staying like that for now! It is also expensive to fix as everything has to be sourced from a Renault dealership. Tax is expenive too, £180 for the year. Probably one of the biggest downsides are the fact it is a petrol guzzeling monster. No matter how carefully you drive it will go through tank after tank at a rate of knots.
The ugly - well its not the prettiest car in the carpark is it!
Overall for space and comfort you can't beat it for a family car but for the shere expense of running and fixing it I wouldnt buy another one.
We purchased our Renault Scenic as we required a larger car for our young daughter & the pram/buggy.
Keeping away from the mechanical side for now, the car is fairly comfortable and very spaceous in the rear. The car has an electric parking brake which took a bit of getting used to, but once you know how to operate you won't want to go back to an ordinary handbrake - It makes hill starts a breeze! I don't have any problems with the car as far as comfort and accessories go, however, the mechanical side has let me down.
After purchasing our Scenic, we have suffered a steady flow of problems and I can't see any end in sight. Currently, our passenger side window won't go down and we've been quoted £300 for the repair from our local Renault dealer. Other problems have been the electronic display panel which completely went blank and had to be replaced at a 'good-will' cost of £100 since it is a known fault, the rear window motor died (another known fault), the air-con won't blow at speed setting 2, the car keeps blowing bulbs... the list goes on.
Problems aside though, the car does what we bought it for (at a price), however, we will be looking to trade this car in for another make.
This is my official girl's view of the Renault's scenic, which all you guys are probably going to find really useful, but girls may infact benefit from!!
The Renault Scenic is kind of like a people carrier, plenty of seat pitch, leg room, and plenty of space to move around. There are 5 seats in the car, all of which are extremely comfortable, and provide an adequate amount of leg room and width of the seat. Even the middle seat in the back is large enough for an adult. The boot is also very large and can easily fit in several bags of shopping, as well as a pram and anything else that you want to shove in the boot! Also under the passenger and the back seats there are sliding storage areas. In the back of the car, there are trays on the drivers and passengers seat to benefit the kids stuck in the back of the car!
The car is very easy to manouver and handle, especially when it comes to parking (most womens nightmare). For a larger car it is very easy to steer into the smallest of spaces, thanks to its great power steering. I find that you also benefit from height in this car, as you are higher than in a normal car and therefore are able to have a wider view of your surroundings. The breaks are really good on the Renault, and you only need to touch them gently for the car to stop.
The car isnt to damaging on the pocket either, and it doesnt tend to guzzle petrol like most larger cars.
The car comes in a variety of different colours, normally with grey interior.
Overall the Renault Scenic is a great family car, and highly recommend. It is very easy on the eye, and easy to manouver. The car can be picked up also at very reasonable prices, especially if purchased second hand you could easily purchase this car for around 1500GBP.
I have owned a Renault Scenic 1.6i Priverlidge for nearly a week now. My first impression was its big and comfortable and looks nice too. It has a funky design.
Cabin - The cabin of the car on a 1.6i priverlidge model is nice. Its half leather with lots of storage spaces. Under the seats turn into storage, under the where you put your mats is storage spaces into the floor with a really big boot. The back of the front seats have trays on the back like an areoplane which flip down. The back seats have three proper seats with three proper seat belts. This model also had a 6 disk multi changer, a sunglasses holder in the roof and a mirror to flip down and see into the back to check up on the kids.
Comfort - The comfort of this car is great. The seats are comfy and padded which recline and can adjust the height of the seats to your own comfort.
Speed - I have a 1.6i which is quite a small engine for a big car. The car is quite slow to pull off but when it gets going it can go up to about 90mph comfortably.
Style - I think the Scenic looks quite stylish. Its the same as a Renault megane just bigger. Its got alloy wheels, metallic paint and some funky back lights.
Value for money - I paid £5,895 for a 55 plate 1.6i automatic. Compared to other cars of this sort and the size of the engine. Its very good value