As Renault 15
years ago came to the market with a quite new car conception - the
Espace - and created a quite new category and class MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle), was it
for some one a shock and motive for mockery too. This however slipped away as quickly as
Espace has occurred his holders. His younger brother got quite better chances in this con
text. But one thing they have common - full use of space and superiority in their class.
We have got a chance to test the Kaleido action
model, which is distinct from the other in interior design conception and somewhat better
utility. The model we have tested was equipped with a 16 valve 1,6 motor with a power
output 80 kW (110 HP). This heart with fairly high specific output gives the car fairly
dynamic qualities. We measured an acceleration 11,5 seconds
from zero to hundred, that gives evidence of the fact that this single space family car
ain't a sloth. The turning moment with a head value 148 Nm on 3,750 t.p.m. gives evidence
of motor flexibility. The chassis is conformable to the rather high-duty motor, which,
regardless of the fact that - compared with other passenger cars - the gravity centre of
Scenic is substantially higher - Scenic Kaleido gives a traditionally French gliding run
along with a very well directional stability. The directional track is held perfectly
During the test we proved the top feasibility of the car and checked the
directional stability to disclose his weak point. But Scenic kept beyond expectation well. Only after coming out of
the designed speed the car starts floating on the road surface, the drive becomes less
confortable and steering calls for concentration indeed.
reply the vehicle dynamics and they were strengthened, compared with sooner produced
versions. Renault reached so much as the brakes even during largest load don't lose their
attention we've spent the interior, especially the use of free space inside of the cabin.
Each seat in the cabin has a different colour , something I have in a car never seen
before. On the first sight I've felt the combination of tasteful colours a little bit
inconsistent, on the second sight I've said to me : "It's not a bad idea
!", on the third one I began to like it very much. Just thanks to the seats, of which
the real seating surface is situated
relatively high above the floor, the passenger gets an impression that he is travelling in
a much larger car. Thanks to a higher seat there is not necessary so much space for the
legs in horizontal plane. What depends profiling of the rear seats there is from our point
of view one little rebuke. Thanks to a little bulge in the region of the shoulder blade passengers with height over 175 cm has to sit with shoulders stooped ahead.
Arrangement variability of seats Scenic don't rank with it's greater brother. Rear seats
are adjustable within 15 cm. This way the already large enough baggage space can be
enlarged at all. Further on each of the rear seats can be adjusted separately. For
instance by moving the middle seat forward and tilting it a side-table for diverse odds
and ends arises. Even a drink compartment didn't the designer forgot. When only four
persons are travelling, the middle seat can be taken out and both outer seats may be shifted a bit towards centre. Travellers will get this way much more
space and comfort. The Scenic has casting off compartments enough. Not even that their
situation is resourceful, it is a safety contribution too. Renault in advance warned
against injury effected by free objects, which can occur serious injuries or even death.
Compartments under the floor or behind the rear seats tilted against travel direction can
be found for this reasons too. By the way - in compartments behind the rear seats a Coke-two-litre-bottle can easily be
stored, which is in this way any time at one's disposal.
Travellers might appreciate this during hot summer days.
luggage space is interesting too. Except necessary lockable compartments and high
utilisation given by the flat bottom and side walls, also the feasibility of dividing into
parts of luggage space by displacing of the side-shelve with carrying capacity 50 kg
towards bottom should be mentioned. After that making use of both upper and lower part of
luggage space is possible.
innovation is a change of central locking up remote control. Up to this time we were
accustomed on remote control working on principle of digital signal transmission
by infra-red rays from a transmitter located in the key. This system's advantage was the
fact, that in difference to other systems the door-opening signal was not possible to be
picked up by highwaymen which likely opened cars after
picking up radio codes transmitted by other systems. The optical signal
transmission had a disadvantage - was working only on a short distance and during opening
the door the transmitter had to be oriented towards the receiver. Nowadays, after solving
the problem according to code receiving Renault started using a radio signal. After this
alteration is it possible to open and close the car on free space even on about 50 m
distance. Problems with unintentional opening of the car moving away from the car by
accidental pressing the key in the pocket solved Renault by automatic locking. When during
30 seconds after lock releasing the car or luggage space was not opened, the vehicle will
lock automatically and the safeguard device will be activated.
the Renault Scenic test we drived about 1,000 km in different conditions and with
different load. We had been very satisfied by the reached fuel consumption. During a
family tour we reached an average consumption 5,6 l/100 km, during a in-town and outside
the town traffic 7,4 and during a striking manner drive and upper car limit drive on
highway with average speed 151,2 km/h the consumption reached 10,1 l/100 km.
tested car : CZK 549,000.--