Product Type: Renault cars
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lots and lots of space
Renault Scenic in general
Member Name: Pilotgavw
Renault Scenic in general
Advantages: Large car for all the family
Disadvantages: sunroof restricted movement and a bit big for round town driving
Space, space and more space, the Renault Scenic is a 5 seater car designed around storage. A perfect family car and also excellent for transportation of goods.
The model I have is the 1999 RXE 1.9 dci version which I have had since new and I must say it has been a brilliant car since the start. The car in general is large and spacous, with five seats, all independantly mounted allowing them to slide forward or backwards on their own, also permitting each rear seat to be folded or removed if nessecary by a few simple button clicks. The car is equipped with a forward and a rear mounted sunroof, which, while providing excellent airflow through the car, are limited in their movement and do not retract fully as will other cars.
Air conditioning is included with this model which is of excellent quality, with a rotatory selector that has four settings for each recirculated air and outside air. The in-car stereo is pretty much a standard unit, however it did come with a 6 disc CD changer located out of sight in an enclosed unit under the passanger seat.
This car model has no roof rails for rack mounting however, mine came with roof rack bars which neatly fit, hidden away in a compartment located under the rear seats when not in use. The boot hosts several more pockets to neatly hold alll the car maintanence parts, which usually slide around the boot banging everytime you go around corners such as warning triangles and spare bulb kits.
The rear window has a very handy device which allows it to pop open, so items can be placed in or taken out of the boot where space does not permit it to be opened fully in a tight car park for example.
The engine has never once faultered on this car, I know that diesel models are usually more robust than petrol versions, but with the miles that I have driven, it has never let me down. The only major things that seems to have needed replacing are the shock absorbers which has gone twice, and the in-car ventilation fan stopped working. Apart from this the car has been faultless.
To drive this car is very nice, it does lack a little power in the lower rev-range but once the turbo has kicked in, its as powerful as most cars. The seating position is a real great feature, placing you in a high up position, or what certainly feels high up. Where it comes to safety, This car has multiple airbags for great protection, and its shear size it added protection as well. With respect to fuel economy, this car tends to get between 35-40 mpg on urban roads, where as on motorway driving, anywhere between 40-50 mpg, depending on your driving style and speed.
I would recommend this car to anyone who has a family or uses their car to transport large items regularly. This caer won't let you down.
Summary: A great car