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Renault Grand Scenic - Is It Truly Practical?


Generally I am very pleased with my Scenic II 1.9dci (unlike some here admittedly) and have, so far, had 24k miles trouble free, economical and comfortable miles (probably tempting fate!).

However, it is sold as a 5/7 seat family car and I actually wonder if the designers ever used it as such .

Just out of interest - what are people's views on its practical use.

There has been a long thread about the difficulty of using child seats; to this I would add:

- luggage cover; there is nowhere to put this in 7-seat use which means if you use the rear seats only occasionally you either have to leave it at home permanently (leaving your large luggage area open to view) or ask your passengers to have the cover on their laps if you are using the rearmost seats

- rear floor boxes - can't be opened if the front seats are right back (which they will be for even a moderately tall driver) which makes them redundant

- boot floor - lovely short pile nylon covering which is more slippery than an ice rink; I've just become accustomed to the noise of luggage/tool box sliding around

- standard puncture repair kit - I paid the extra for a "get you home wheel" - the thought of getting a puncture in the sidewall (or any other that the foam won't fix), miles from home with a car full of kids is just too horrible to contemplate

Any more?

A bit of a shame as these should have been noticed in the test stage, especially if Renault had done decent market research in the relevant sector.

Still prefer the car to the VW Touran though which looks, sounds and drives like a Transit van.
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Yes the Grand Scenic I felt was rushed into production and , Some of the failings you mention have being addressed in the latest version but still to compromised for my liking, But I have found most so called seven seaters to be the same tho the newer generation coming on stream now from most of the manufacturers are better but still a compromise unless you go for the much larger hence more expensive models.


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Hi Andrew, we've got a total of 5 in our little clan, 1 who is still in her rather large child seat, 1 who's in a booster seat and 1 who's 13 and almost as tall as me and the missus.

We find the Grand perfectly suited to all our needs. If we're carrying another 2 people, it just means a wee bit shuffling of the seating arrangements.
We put the load cover along the floor in front of the 2nd row of seats when we're not using it. Not ideal I agree, but better than having it lying across folks lap.
Can't say we've ever had the front seats far enough back as to render the rear floor boxes useless - you must be very tall.
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We got our car supplied with the "spare" tyre so don't have any experience with the pump and bottle of goo.
I agree they could've put a wee bit more thought into some parts of the design, but I suppose almost everything has to be a comprimise in some way eh ?
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Hi Andrew,

Agree with most of what Gonescenile said. I think its ideal as an occasional 7 seater. I use the extra seats only occasionally, but have had 6 teenagers + driver on 140 mile round trip. They can get reasonably comfy if all seats are compromised. Middle and front seat seats moved forwards. If I needed them all the time I would buy a full 7 seater.
I'm 6'4" and agree, if I'm driving no way, the floor box behind me can be accessed, but don't see you could ever get round that.
The sales rep also instructed me to place rear parcel shelf on floor in front of 2nd row seats, behind passengers legs and this works fine.

Agree on carpet, small stuff ends up in dip below rear seats, but all cars in general have this problem with stuff sliding around back. Rubber luggage mats are available from most car diy stores and would help.

Re the tyre I have the goo. It does concern me, recently had a slow puncture and tempted to use but I had time to get into Kwik Fit. I'm glad i went there quickly, they told me if I had used the tyre sealant, the tyre cannot be repaired and they quoted me £120 for replacement Michelin. Seriously considering buying spare kit.

I had a first generation Zafira before this and Grand Scenic is better, but every generation of these type of cars just gets a little bit more clever. The S Max is newer as is the new Picasso, so again they have moved things further forward.
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Hi, I too have had little trouble with my grand scenic (tempting fate again) to date. Bought 2005.

The 7-seat configuration does get used when the grand parents visit and is practical, but only just. Thankfully this only occurs 2 or 3 times a year. On the flip side, the four-seat configuration I find ideal for extra luggage space (holidays etc).

I find the method of switching the trip computer from MPH to KPH a bit fiddly (annoyingly my wife can do this no problem), I'm usually trying to do this whilst waiting in the queue for the Eurotunnel, so no pressure! Getting glances from neighbouring cars coz I keep stopping and starting then engine.

Sorry if I just highjacked.
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