2002 Renault Vel Satis Initale 3.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Fab French Fancy
New battery supplied with car was grossly under-rated, so I had numerous electrical problems and flat batteries. All sorted with a brand-new correct spec heavy-duty battery replaced under warranty - everything works a treat now.
Temperature sensor in mirror replaced - exterior temp display now works and the climate control is more efficient.
250hp and front wheel drive equals tyre wear. I needed 4 new tyres after 22,000 miles as the originals all began to perish. The new tyres are wearing down already.
I struggled to find a replacement for my Ford Scorpio Ultima Estate, as I wanted something just as big, comfy, fast and well equipped. The only car I could find was the Renault 'What is it?' Vel Satis.
A 2 year old 3.5 V6 12k was only £13k and it was sitting in the showroom next to a brand new £13k Megane - it was an easy choice to make! It is an ex-Renault HQ car and had been very well driven, and was as good as new when I got it.
The interior is the best part, huge comfy seats covered in soft Bridge of Weir leather and everything has been made to a very high standard (lots of leather, real wood, metal etc) and a really good stereo.
Great car for going on a long journey thanks to the basic, but accurate sat-nav.
OK - it doesn't look that good on the outside, but neither did my Scorpio, but underneath was a great car. The V6 engine is very fast and feels very reliable (18,000 miles between services), but it likes a drink (22-28mpg, 35mpg on a cruise).
There are only 700 approx Vel Satis in the UK and I would recommend one, but the 3.0 V6 diesel is cheaper to run, but more expensive to buy & service and is a lot (lot!) noisier.
The engine is actually a Nissan engine and is used in their 350Z and Murano models.
More LHD Twingos have been imported to Britain than Vel Satis' sold by Renault UK.
The Vel Satis is the biggest 5 door car ever sold in the UK.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2006