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Review of 3 Scenics (Cont)

The Scenic 2 is 4259mm long (compared with 4169mm of previous Scenic); 1506 mm wide compared to 1485mm; 1620mm high compared to 1675. But, for me, the important difference is the extra 5cm shoulder room both in the front, and in the back, of the new car.

I have now had it for a couple of months and done 1200 miles. Fuel consumption wise, I have only averaged 41mpg so far, however much of that has been my wife travelling 3 miles each way to her college. Obviously, once the engine is loosened up a bit and starts to get longer journeys under its belt, then I expect that economy to increase.

The highlight of this car, without doubt, is the engine. It is the 120bhp 6 speed dci and it goes like a dream! It will drive round town in 5th gear at 30mph (my previous Scenic preferred to be about 37mph for 5th) and 6th gear from about 40mph onwards. It has great torque, very similar to my original Scenic. You can feel the car thrusting forward, it is ideal for overtaking on motorways and country roads. It is everything that my previous Scenic was not!

The new car is full of gimmicks and toys, all of which I love. My car was a pre-reg, I paid Ł13988 for it with 6 miles on the clock, the new price should have been about Ł18500 as the car came with the electric roof, climate instead of air-con, retractable door mirrors and keyless entry.

Keyless entry at first sounds like a total gimmick but it is a wonderful invention. As long as you have the card on your person, then the car senses that when you put your hand on the door handles and it opens automatically. You then just press the button on the dash and the engine starts. Translating that into everyday use, you are laden down with shopping, or carrying your kids in your arms, you don’t need to search your pockets or bag for the keys. If you are a woman, you don’t need to feel vulnerable in a car park standing by your car, searching your open bag for your keys. Just walk up, pull the handle and get in the car. When you get out the car again, you just press the button on the handle twice, the first one locks it, and the second applies the alarm. Simple.

Automatic wipers are another gimmick, which I have actually taken to. Why would I feel that I need the car to control the speed of the wipers? Well I don’t, but I enjoy it when it does! It can be amusing driving along and the spray of a lorry is thrown up and the wipers will suddenly go like the clappers all by themselves. Similar with the automatic lights, they switch themselves on and off when required. A useful function is the follow me home lights, once you leave the car, flick the light switch once and the headlights will stay on for 30 secs to light your path to the house. Another gimmick, but again, one, which I have warmed to and used.

Automatic handbrake takes a bit of getting used to as well. When you switch the engine off, the handbrake automatically comes on. When you lift up the clutch, ready to drive away, the handbrake releases itself. One of my wife’s criticisms of the previous Scenics was that she had to almost bend over to reach the handbrake so the automatic one is much appreciated. You still have the option of applying and releasing it manually via a discreet lever in the dashboard.

Although there are 2 “sunroofs” running the length of the car, only the front one actually opens. It lifts up and slides back on top of the rear one but can be very blustery at speeds.

My car also has steering adjustment for height as well as rake.

A criticism of the previous Scenics was the lack of dashboard space. Yes, they had plenty of cubbyholes around the car but in the actual dashboard these were limited to two small cubbies. However, the new model has a huge glove box, which is also cooled when the air con is on. Regarding storage, as usual there are plenty of cubbyholes. However, now there are also 2 floor-mounted cubbies for driver and passenger. A nice touch is the door “puddle light” comes on when you open these cubbies. Previous Scenics had storage space under the rear seats, which was only accessible by folding the seats out the way. Renault have improved on this by having a pull out drawer under the seats instead, similar to the ones in the front seats which makes these much more accessible and useful for the passengers.

If you have kids, a couple of nice touches. As well as the driver having a switch to isolate the rear electric windows, this also acts as the child lock for the doors. So instead of having to go out and open doors with the normal child locks on, you can control it via the switch in the driver’s door. Also, the rear windows have built in shades. These simply pull up from the door and clip to the window. If, like me, you have previously bought these “suction” type shades and no matter where you put them on the glass, the sun always gets thru the side, then the built in shades will be a boon for you.

A downside of the car is, very surprisingly, there is no rear accessory socket. Both my previous Scenics had this but on the new shape, you can only get it if you have the moving centre console which comes as standard on the top of the range model, or a Ł250 factory option on other models. Having seen this feature, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone ordering a new Scenic. It is huge, it moves between the front and back of the car, it has a light in it and, of course, the rear power socket as well.

Another small point is the roof aerial. Instead of having an aerial at the front which you can adjust the angle on, the new Scenic has a fixed aerial at the rear, although it can be unscrewed, Unfortunately, if I want to put the car into my garage I need to unscrew the aerial to do so. A small point but one, which I would have thought Renault, would have taken into account.

I have had a few issues with my new Scenic; alarm is very temperamental which has been traced to a faulty bonnet switch (a known fault apparently). On my first day, the electric sunroof got stuck in the open position but the garage was able to reset that.

My car is flame red and the standard 6 spoke alloys on it look as if they will be so much easier to keep clean!!

So to summarise, my newest Scenic is definitely the best of the three, with its highlight being its wonderful engine. Yes it has lots of gimmicks but its amazing how quickly these features will move from gimmick status to accepted norm. I love it!
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