While the Wright family have been relaxing in sunnier climes for a fortnight, the Scenic was left languishing on the driveway at home. Itís for that reason that only 547 miles have been added to the tally since last monthís report. Though judging by the hugely comfortable front seats, had we chosen to recreate the 1970 London to Mexico rally, and driven the 16,000-odd miles ourselves, instead of taking a plane, Iím sure we would have emerged at the other end in better shape than the occupants of the Ford Escort that won that particular race. The chairs in our Scenic are trimmed in a combination of cloth and a faux leather, look smart and feel plush, and deliver plenty of support to your back where you need it. Of course our family Renault is no race car, but when cornering thereís plenty of lateral support to stop you ending up on the lap of your passenger. The hefty centre console would stop you in any case, which acts as a divider between the two front chairs and provides an enormous amount of storage. It is possible to slide it forward and aft, and incorporates an armrest and has a rollerblind-style opening to access the deep area that is big enough to hold tablets, and anything else you want to hide away from prying eyes. It forms part of a suite of storage areas that make up a total capacity of almost 57 litres, which must be some kind of record in a medium-sized MPV.
As I spend more time with the Scenic, Iím noticing more and more thoughtful touches, including a series of ëpetalsí on the instrument cluster. This pictorial illustration encourages you to drive more smoothly and economically with the more petals you gain, the more you are saving the planet. Iíve also been exploring the ëmulti-senseí feature, which gives you a choice of five driving modes ñ Comfort, Neutral, Eco, Sport and Perso, the latter allowing you to configure the car in a manner that suits your driving style. I briefly tried out Eco, and found the performance to be decidedly flat, and so Iíve spent most of my time with the Comfort setting enabled. Iím planning to play around with the settings to come up with an optimum range of settings for the Perso mode, and Iím hoping that itíll allow me to nudge the economy figures up a notch. In the morning, most of my time is spent sitting in stop-start traffic, dropping the wife off at the station, then the kids off to school, before heading to the office, the car is barely warmed up by the time that I switch it off at my destination. That kind of motoring isnít conducive to good mpg, so a mixture of a few longer runs now that weíre back from holiday should see that figure nudging 50mpg, and hopefully higher.
Date arrived 19th July 2017
Fuel economy 62.8mpg (combined) 46.3mpg (on test)
The front seats are very supportive and comfortable over long journeys.
It’s easy to leave greasy fingermarks on the touchscreen surround that are difficult to shift.