The car situation is a bit particular in Malta, with extreme taxes levied on new cars (in the range of 60% to 80%). The Scénic was the best value for money, scoring a bit better than the Citroën Xsara Picasso at a slightly lower price.
The Scénic is an extremely versatile car. You can move the back seats about, remove them, or make an even more comfortable four seater out of the car within a minute. The back has three full seats, each with a head rest and three-point seat belt.
Because of the elevated driving position, getting in and out is easy, visibility is very good, and the upright position of the driver and passengers leaves the car remarkably compact and easy to park (which, in Malta, is an asset not to be underestimated).
The long gear stick takes some getting used to. The 1.4 16v engine is on the light side for this relatively heavy car, but still I manage to spin the wheels in second gear, and steep hills are taken in second at 3000 to 4000 RPM. For the short distances on the island it's more than adequate.
The back is a bit noisy; I suspect the removable chairs of rattling around, but it's nothing major.
The comfort level is quite high. The Authentique, the level just above the basic edition, has electric front windows and mirrors, a satellite for the radio, and the air conditioner (a must in Malta) cools three soft drink cans in a special compartment. The car is littered with all kinds of pockets and compartments.
This is my first car. The only reason why I wouldn't buy it again is because I want the Scénic RX4 instead.