After five months as part of the Wright household, our autumnal orange Scenic is still proving to be a great asset. With little drama to speak of, we simply get in and drive, enjoying its comfort, technology and abundance of space. The latter is especially important when I embark on our monthly shopping trip to Costco, filling the 572-litre boot. Interestingly, thatís an incredibly useful 35 litres bigger than its closest rival, the CitroÎn C4 Picasso. Ingeniously, if you need even more space, you can also collapse the rear seats from within the R-Link infotainment touchscreen, increasing it to a massive 1,554 litres. Thatís more than enough to swallow our household essentials, and access is good thanks to a large rear hatch and low loading lip. On a recent Christmas shopping trip, I even found a hidden section of the boot under the partition floor, which was ideal for a few secret gifts I wanted to keep out of sight. Not only were they neatly hidden, but the small compartments stopped them from rolling around, keeping them safe from harm.
In fact, thatís not the only surprising storage in the Scenic, with another being the drawer under the front passenger seat for essentials you want to keep close to hand. Theyíre especially handy on longer trips, like on our recent Christmas trip to take the kids on a festive train ride based on the film The Polar Express. My son Jenson loves trains, so it was an extra special surprise for him, but one that meant travelling over 100 miles to Dereham in Norfolk. There was also the added importance of not being late, because we couldnít risk missing the trainís departure. With the Renaultís TomTom navigation system estimating a travel time of around two hours, we planned for hold ups on the A12, which always seems to be a busy route with lots of incidents. Luckily the traffic wasnít too bad, and the Scenic was comfortable, with its impressive Bose speakers making light work of blasting Christmas carols around the cabin. Even tackling country lanes in the December darkness, the LED headlights helped light the way. It also gave me a chance to try out its automatic high beam headlights, which switch between dipped and main beam using sensors in the windscreen to detect oncoming traffic. It works really well, and means that you can keep your hands on the steering wheel more of the time and avoid blinding oncoming traffic.
One minor irritation Iíve noticed this month is a quirk of the keyless entry system. While this can be rather handy, allowing you to keep the key in your pocket when your hands are full, if you hop out of the car and walk around to the other side, the Scenic automatically locks itself before you can reach it. Iíll have to see if there is something that can be changed in the settings menu in time for the next issue.
Date arrived 19th July 2017
Fuel economy 62.8mpg (combined) 52.4mpg (on test)
The 572-litre boot is huge.
The glovebox is compromised by the fuse box which takes up too much space.