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Renault Scenic MPV (2009-2016) - Interior & comfort

There’s lots of room for passengers and the Renault Scenic is quiet on the move

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4.1 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

Finding a comfortable driving position in the Renault Scenic is easy, thanks to a height-adjustable driver's seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for rake and reach. The Scenic has been designed to provide comfortable family transport and the amount of body lean in corners discourages enthusiastic driving. Yet it also means the Scenic is an extremely comfortable car for covering long distances and the suspension does an excellent job of smoothing out bumps. Wind and road noise are also suppressed.

Renault Scenic dashboard

While families will love the practical features of the Renault Scenic’s interior, it’s not the most inspiring place to sit. Huge swathes of soft-touch plastics are used on the dashboard, but other areas feel cheap and the Renault lacks the quality feel of the Volkswagen Touran or the stylish design of the Citroen C4 Picasso. The Picasso in particular proves that an MPV doesn’t have to have a boring interior.

Equipment

One thing the Renault Scenic doesn’t suffer from is a lack of standard equipment: all models come with air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry, sat nav and alloy wheels. The Dynamique Nav model is more family-friendly thanks to the addition of blinds for the more heavily tinted rear windows, a 12v socket in the boot and a panoramic sunroof. Given the very reasonable £500 extra Limited Nav costs, it’s the trim we recommend you choose – not least because the panoramic sunroof is a £900 option with the Dynamique Nav model.

Options

If you take our recommendation and go for Limited Nav, you’ll want for very little – although we do recommend spending £95 to get a space-saver spare wheel. This replaces the standard can of tyre sealant that won’t repair severe punctures, potentially leaving you stranded.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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