Twenty years on from the ground-breaking original, the new Renault Scenic has re-entered the market with the hopes of encouraging people to "fall in love again" with the latest model. Upgrades in dimensions mean that the Scenic has received an increased boot capacity of 572 litres, up from the previous 555 litres. The new design also features an additional 63 litres of stowage around the car including practical cubby holes, an 11.5 litre electric glovebox and 13 litre pocket in the sliding centre console.
With 20" alloy wheels fitted as standard, the Scenic is an MPV designed to look more like a crossover and SUV rival. Although it looks as though the suspension has been pumped and the Scenic has a new ride height, it is actually just an elaborate illusion. In fact, the roof is actually lower than its predecessor and the windscreen has been moved forward by 100mm. The sleek new design has sculpted curves in the door similar to the KADJAR and a kinked window line to bring a unique design to the class.
The Scenic cannot be accused of following the crowd with its 8.7" touchscreen infotainment system installed in portrait as opposed to the more standardised landscape position which is available as standard from Dynamique S Nav trim level. Style and quality is instantly recognisable when you step inside; the dashboard's lines flow seamlessly into the door panels and the new foam-backed plastic ensures that the dash feels luxurious.
The fourth generation Scenic and its big brother, Grand Scenic, are Renault's flagship cars for safety and in-car technology for all future models. They are the only vehicles in their class to receive the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard. In addition to AEBS, the Scenic receives Lane Keeping Assist which will steer the car back into its lane and provide a lane departure warning; Traffic Sign Recognition so you can be notified of any speed limit changes you may not be aware of and Fatigue Alert which measures steering inputs and alerts the driver if signs of tiredness are detected.
Despite removing the three individual rear seats from its predecessor, there is comfortably enough space to accommodate three adults across the back. Thanks to One-Touch control you can create a flat floor in your new Scenic in a flash rather than having to carry out the cumbersome removal of individual seats. The Scenic is fitted with 'Easy Life' storage features such as a sliding centre console with 13 litres of storage, a drawer in the front and shelves in the back so that you can make the most of its modular layout.