A agree that the Scenic is in no way as bad as the earlier reviewer suggested.
We have owned ours for well over a year and covered about 18,000 trouble free miles.
It is comfortable, roomy, quiet (and ours is a diesel), easy to drive and versatile.
Yes, the brakes are snatchy and I would like to see them improved and, yes, I too dislike the electronic handbrake. But no, the dash isn't overcomplicated and no, the starting procedure isn't rocket science and no, the key fob doesn't self-destruct and so on...
I've owned (and still own) a Nissan Almera Tino and this car compares very favourably with it. The Scenic has even more boot space, even less body roll and even more storage spaces. Being the 1.5 diesel, I'm getting 50+ mpg consistently, which is way better than the Tino's 1.8 litre petrol engine's 36 mpg.
The Scenic is, by my current experience, a fine car for the price. I just wish I'd gone for the 5 seat Grande Scenic so I could get the bikes inside rather than on the rack!
Ridiculous to write a 'review' of a hire car, which sounds as if it's a basic model which needs a bit of TLC.
Not able to start it? Was there a handbook, did you look at it? Starting is easy, radio is simple if you use the clever steering wheel controls, and on my car I can leave the keycard in my wallet and open the doors and start the car - a very handy feature if you have your hands full.
It's also very comfortable, quiet and economical, with no rattles at all after 35000 miles, on the down side depreciation is high (but this makes them great value second hand) the wipers are not set up for UK properly, and changing a headlamp bulb is a major operation.
Car a joy to drive, I got 73.something mpg on the motorway!! That is seventy three point something miles per gallon!!!
Unbelievable!?!?!?!? But true... mind you that was a 300 mile journey over several hours, so I probably averaged around 50/60 miles per hour (just stay behind a lorry)... This takes a LOT of patience, but it works!
And the Police tend to stop you, thinking you are trying to avoid them???
To be honest, Renaults are very nice cars! But it's such a shame they're not well built. They're alright cars, but I would not recommend them to anyone. I am sorry to say I would not tell people they're great cars.
I am on my 4th Renault. I've had 2 Meganes and 2 Lagunas. Only trouble I had was the coil pack went on one of my Lagunas. Not a big job.
I find Renaults very comfortable, and I am on the verge of buying a 2007 Scenic. Great value second hand with all extras like full glass sunroof, 6 speed gear box, all the storage you need, and it won't break the bank...