Inside a Renault, one normally expects to find a slightly confusing-to-use but very interesting-to-look-at cockpit that ultimately isn’t really well built.
The new Scenic, though, does things differently – build quality is much improved over the old model and the few buttons are neatly grouped around the infotainment screen. The drawback is that it all feels a bit dull, although models in the upper end of the range get ambient lighting and a leather-wrapped dashboard that raises the game slightly.
Interior quality is generally good, but it’s a bit dull
However, it’s the portrait-orientated infotainment system that’s the big conversation starter. As in the new Megane, the R-Link 2 system incorporates radio, sat-nav and climate controls to liberate the dashboard of buttons. It’s very quick to respond and feels like a well-sorted tablet with its pinch and swipe functions. It is standard on Dynamic S models and a £3,000 option on basic models.
There are a few negatives to moan about, however. For starters, the infotainment screen surround quickly becomes covered in finger marks and the system itself isn’t very easy to use on the move. Smartphone mirroring systems such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available yet, but will come in 2017.