Renault Scenic (Grand Scenic) MPV review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/renault/grand-scenic/mini-mpv/review
The Grand Scenic is 21cm longer than the standard Scenic and has an extra row of seats in the boot. It's practical, comfortable and is well suited to family life.
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso MPV review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/citroen/c4-picasso/mpv/video
The smart-looking C4 Picasso is a brilliant family car: it's big on the
outside, feels bigger inside, and has plenty of stowage space. It's good
looks on the outside are matched by an interior that's both well build and
stylishly designed. Seats fold flat, and there is a huge boot. All
versions, even basic VTR models, offer air conditioning and a host of
airbags and safety aids. The two diesel engines are favourable over petrol,
as they're more economical.
A massive 500-litre boot extending to 1,734 litres (with the rear seats
folded) means the C4 Picasso is about equal to rivals like the Renault
Scenic (437 - 1,837 litres) and the Peugeot 5008 (512 - 1,604 litres).
Touches like deep door pockets, under-floor storage and seats that fold
down individually with the simple tug of a lever make the Citroen a great
family car. The C4 Picasso registered a top ten place for practicality in
the 2010 Driver Power survey.
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Volkswagen Sharan MPV review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/volkswagen/sharan/mpv/review
The Sharan is a seven-seat MPV which seems built to last and boasts a large
cabin with flexible seating for carrying large goods or large families.
Unlike a lot of MPVs it boasts car-like handling and feels light on its
feet on windy backroads. The engines are brilliant, offering frugal economy
and punchy performance. The let-down is the high price-tag but some people
will be willing to pay for the quality on offer here.
Toyota Prius hatchback review - CarBuyer
There's still not too many hybrids on the roads, and even less still that
are truly efficient. The Prius is the exception with a CO2 emissions figure
that's among the lowest on the road. It all means that you don't have to
pay any road tax or the London Congestion Charge and you'll find trips to
the petrol station become a rare occurrence.
Volkswagen Touran MPV review - CarBuyer
The Touran's boxy shape might not make it the most attractive of cars, but
it also makes the VW one of the most practical small MPVs available. The
interior is classy and well built and there's a wide choice of engines,
including an efficient BlueMotion version that's very cheap to run.
2007 Renault Scenic 1.5 dCi Dynamique Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
Filmed by: Tomaž Kožar Jesenice
The current incarnation of the Renault Scenic has been around since 2003 --
and is just about to be replaced. That makes it a perfect time to pickup a
late example from the current range or capitalise from falling prices if
buying used. With that in mind, I recently spent a few days driving a 2007
Renault Scenic 1.5dCi Expression. This is what I found.
I've always been a fan of fairly conservative car design -- traditional
dashboards with dials, simple, standard controls and so on. I've also never
been especially keen on MPVs, preferring either a traditional saloon or an
estate, depending on my needs.
The Scenic managed to partially change my views -- read on to find out how.
Unlike the brand new Ford Mondeo I recently reviewed, the Renault Scenic is
well-endowed with modern styling and gadgets, inside and out.
The humble key has been banished, replaced by a credit card sized device
that controls the locks and needs to be inserted into a slot on the
dashboard before you press the sports-car style starter button.
I have to admit to having a smile on my face at this point -- there is
something undeniably cool about pushing in a large button and hearing the
engine come to life -- rather than the normal twist and release required
with an ignition key.
Although the V8 rumble I was salivating over stayed in my dreams, after a
succession of clicks and whines, the 86bhp 1.5dCi engine in my Scenic did
come to life and I was ready to go. Almost.
Driving the Renault Scenic
Renault Scenic interior dashboard
The Scenic interior - a very comfortable place to spend time
I'd picked the Scenic up from a busy city centre office location -- in the
middle of evening rush hour. Navigating my way out of the city (which I'd
never visited before) provided the ideal opportunity for me to find out
just how intuitive the Scenic's controls and dash layout were to get to
First things first -- releasing the handbrake was accomplished by pulling
on a small handle situated on the bottom of the dashboard -- by my right
knee. I was initially rather confused by the handbrake's refusal to
disengage -- until I discovered that it had some kind of 'hill start'
system and was waiting for me to engage a gear before it released, thus
preventing me from rolling accidentally.
The Scenic's central digital dashboard display is presumably intended to
reduce the amount of time a driver has to take their eyes off the road when
monitoring speed, revs and radio station choice. Revs are displayed using a
Formula 1-style row of bars that progressively illuminate as your revs
rise, while speed is simply displayed in large digits -- around 3cm high.
By the time I'd done a few hundred miles, I have to admit to being
converted to this system. You don't have to look as far down as with a
traditional dashboard and it is useful.
Anyone looking for performance probably shouldn't choose the 86bhp 1.5dCi
model. While fuel consumption for my fully-loaded car was excellent -- at
around 50mpg (including lots of fast motorway cruising), the engine's power
band was surprisingly narrow. Keeping it moving required lots of
cog-swapping and it soon became obvious why a six-speed gearbox had been
That said, the engine was more than adequately powerful for general use and
was very quiet and civilized at speed, with less noise than some comparable
vehicles. Handling and ride were good for a family vehicle and I spent
several days driving the Scenic without ever feeling uncomfortable.
Luggage Space in the Scenic
Most people buy cars like the Scenic because they have children and need to
lug a fair amount of stuff around. Rear space in the Scenic was pretty
reasonable with the seats up, although its flexibility as an estate car
substitute was spoilt somewhat by the fact that the rear seats don't fold
into the floor -- they fold down on top of it instead, reducing the
available load space somewhat.
Although sceptical at first, most of the Scenic's design quirks really
started to make sense after a few hundred miles. It was comfortable, frugal
and capable, although anyone used to driving a more conventional car --
like a Ford -- will find that the slightly complex and non-standard
controls take a little getting used to.
Renault Espace MPV review - What Car?
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The Renault Espace has a roomy cabin and comfortable ride. The smooth
diesel engines are impressive and there's a good range of seating options,
Even in extra-long Grand form, the Espace struggles to take seven
passengers and their luggage. Kneeroom is tight in the rearmost seats and,
unlike in more modern rivals, the seats don't fold into the floor.
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Toyota RAV4 SUV 2006 - 2012 review - CarBuyer
Modern crossover vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan are
family cars first and foremost, but still retain some of the looks and
off-road capabilities of a 4x4. The Toyota RAV4 is the other way around;
it's a 4x4 firstly, but Toyota has adapted it to compete with the popular
breed of crossovers.
2011 Renault Scenic. Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
2011 Renault Scenic. Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV review - CarBuyer
Think of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer as a more upmarket and stylish
replacement for the Zafira and a more direct competitor to the Ford S-MAX.
As of its launch at the beginning of 2012 the Tourer will be sold
side-by-side with the Zafira but with prices for the Tourer starting at
£21,000 -- about £6,000 more than the car it effectively replaces. The
engine line-up and chassis have both been updated for a more stable and
involving driving experience with better performance and cheaper running
costs. Our pick would be one of the 2.0-litre diesel engines -- the 163bhp
unit in particular -- as we expect the petrols will be costly to run.
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Kia Sorento SUV review - CarBuyer
For large families the Sorento makes for an excellent all-round car. The
2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesel engines are both relatively refined and
offer good fuel economy and pace. Buyers shouldn't worry about reliability
either, with all Kias covered by a seven-year warranty. On the road, the
Sorento is comfortable enough to make long motorway journeys pass by
quickly and feels planted in the corners but it struggles to deliver any
sort of driving thrills.
Citroen C5 review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/citroen/c5/saloon/review
In the face of criticism that its cars lacked quality, character and
prestige, Citroen tried to give the current C5 plenty of all three. Few
family saloons, are as comfortable, and the interior build quality is
excellent. A 1.6 or 2.0 HDi diesel engine in VTR+ specification will offer
the best mix of cheap running costs, punchy performance and lots of
Peugeot 5008 MPV review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/peugeot/5008/mini-mpv/review
Compared to Peugeot's people carriers of old, the 5008 is an absolute
revolution. The interior is well thought out and offers plenty of space and
practicality, yet the 5008 is good to drive at the same time. Peugeot has
improved its cabin quality markedly, and the 5008 feels very well built.
Kia Rio hatchback review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/kia/rio/hatchback/review
The Rio is Kia's entry in the supermini class and a cheaper alternative to
the Ford Fiesta. All-new for 2011, it continues Kia's march upmarket and
benefits from smart, contemporary styling, generous space inside and an
appealing engine range -- two diesels (1.1-litre and 1.4) and two petrols
(1.25 and 1.4).