The 1.4 is a bit underpowered for the weight of the Scenic.
I had a 1.6 coupe which had much more torque and was easier to drive.
The engine is basically the same apart from the stroke I think.
For an 02 model, it seems that car tax is the same for both.
Insurance group goes up by 2 groups for the 1.6.
Fuel economy is probably very similar if you drive the same style.
Tiger750, Like you said, pretty much everything is fixable and parts are cheap. Plenty of info around for these mdels too.
No dephaser pulley or eeelectronic
to worry about.
Don't you just love throttle cables.
As with any car there's good ones and bad ones but at least you know what you're looking at.