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Renault Scenic Models
Renault's version system for their cars (the Scenic is no exception) has always seemed a little like smoke and mirrors, but to simplify it slightly, here's an overview. All of the cars below are available in a range of engine sizes and types, which I've listed briefly below. In my opinion, the turbo-diesel is the best bet in each model range, with the best of power and economy.
In general, the Scenic is obviously heavier than its saloon brother, the Megane, and you'll be loading it up with all sorts of temporary and permanent clobber, not to mention the weight of up to five people. So the more powerful the engine you go for, the better. You won't regret it. But you'll have to balance that against what you can afford, what's available and what equipment level you need. Read on...
Essentially, three models. The
RN (few features, not even some of the storage compartments,
avoid this model), the RT (all the core Scenic features) and the
RXE (CD player, air-con, electric everything). This, the Mark I
Scenic can be distinguished by its elegant and more 'pointed'
The Phase II Scenic,
distinguished by a snub nose and larger front light clusters,
had higher specifications throughout the range and better road
handling. Models initially included the 16V (few features,
avoid), the RT, Alize, Sport and Sport Alize, the RXE and the
Monaco (all of these had the core Scenic features, though the RT
and the Sport lacked air-conditioning). In 2001, they renamed
most models. Authentique, Expression, Dynamique, Privilege,
etc., plus a 4 by 4 model was launched, the RX4.
Essentially, it's a complete makeover, with (futuristic?) angular styling and far greater computer control throughout (a good thing or a bad thing? Watch this space)...
There's a 'Grand Scenic', too,
with an extra two seats that fold away into the floor of the
boot (see photo below specs), though these are really only
suitable for children because of the lack of leg room.
toning down of the angular design features of the Scenic 2, the
Scenic 3 returns to the original design cues, but slightly
larger and with even higher electronic aids and gadgets inside.
You can get full glossy brochures for the Scenic 3 at your local
Renault dealer, of course.
There's now (2019) a Scenic IV, which I may get round to adding, though note that I'm finally not owning a Renault myself anymore!
What to look for
When looking over a used model, whether on a dealer forecourt or buying privately, look for the following (don't just assume that they're present because it's a Scenic):
Twin sunroofs, storage tray under front seats, long storage tray under rear seats, air conditioning, rear 12V power point, rear door pockets, twin underfloor storage compartments in rear floor.
Models of models(!)
Renault are very good at creating collectable 1:43 scale miniatures of their cars, and the Scenic is no exception. Click on the thumbnails below to see my models of the original, Mark II Scenic and Scenic 2, coincidentally in the exact same colours as the cars I've owned!
THESE MODELS ARE FOR
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WITH AN OFFER!