I've had the new Scenic for a week and thought people might be interested in a review after it's first 1000 km.
It's top of the range model, factory sun roof, manual transmission.
lovely car, thoughtfully designed, well put together. Classic renault. Handling great (on Dunlop SP sport tyres, not Michelins). I'm going gently on the engine (do I need to? My last brand new car was 20 years ago and i don;t know if engines need to be run in like they used to!) but it will prove to be quite nippy, although obviously not as sporty as the Clio. Already had some fun on the 180 degree turn from hoddle St onto the eastern freeway here in melb, someone in one of those whop-whop-whop Commodores was pushing on my tail coming up hoddle st as I was sitting on the limit; I went round the tight corner brisk-ish, renault on rails of course but saw the commode's rear coming out to have a look as he tried to follow at my speed. I reckon I could have gone round another 10 ks faster, too.
Fuel consumption is better than promised already. A run to Phillip island yesterday gave me an average of 7.8 l/100 km (and that included about 50 km running round town beforehand too) compared to the sticker promise of 8. Very happy with that, especially as the engine is so new. Running around town I averaged 10.2 l/100 km on the first tankful but that incluided quite a bit of freeway work so I think it will chew more than the sticker promised in the suburbs, not suprisingly.
Getting used to the electronic toys. keycard thingy is good, as you can take it out after the engine starts so there isn't a bunch of keys swinging around the place. Automatic headlights I thought were a seriously stupid idea but I'm converted, they're great, and work well. they turn on after 3 or 4 secs of darkness so road and railway bridges don't set them off, but City Link tunnels do. Automatic wipers don't work so well, they take too long to sense that they need to operate, I wonder if the sensor can be adjusted.
Wipers themselves are a bit of a downer - I guess it's the LHD/RHD conversion but the left hand wiper slings great chunks of water right into the driver's field of vision if there's a reasonable amount of water on the screen.
with all the electronic trickery it's a pity it doesn't have the reversing sensor beeper things that are described in the handbook, I don't want to touch park my new baby! (So I have to look round instead, not a strain, but it's quite difficult to judge out the back of a mini MPV).
under the bonnet may as well have a sign saying "no user serviceable parts inside" - the bonnet covers a slot less than a foot across (and I bet there's another electronic thing that detecs a non-authorised spanner going near it that will set off a beep and report me to renault HQ )
Boot space is bigger than it looks, I was able to pack in five scouts' worth of gear from an overnight camp (with a bit of careful arranging).
So far have discovered five storage places for individual wine bottles. Love the French. Love the car too.
If anyone's interested I'll post updates as things happen and as I discover stuff. I appreciate most users of this forum may not be interested, let me know if it's a waste of space.