So there I was, minding my own business, when the e-mail came in to tell me the New Scenic is here (almost) Friday the 25th of November 2016.
I wanted to mark it in the diary. I have being waiting for this launch. We currently have a 2010 Grand Scenic. It has been an excellent family bus. (Which incidentally drives mostly like a car.)
But now, the launch of the new range. I have been watching and waiting for a worthy replacement. I've been waiting for a that car that ticks all the boxes.
Let me list them quickly (indulge me)
1) Can fit 3 Adults, and 2 ISO-Fix Child Seats comfortably. 2) Low Tax. 3) Cooler looking than my current Grand Scenic. 4) Diesel and returns excellent fuel economy (more than 45mpg) 5) Individual seats for added configuration comfort, when you just NEED that extra shoulder space, stagger the seats. 6) Toys, I want Bluetooth, USB, DAB and anything else that makes my like easier or more fun. (This time I wanted the r-link system, damn it..., I want those fake v8 engine sounds so I can pretend I'm not driving a people carrier) 7) I want sliding doors, kids and car parks... you get it.
Now this car doesn't have sliding doors, this is my first compromise, but this is necessary. When you find a car with the said sliding door requirement, the engine size increases as does the tax bracket and therefore the cost. Basically point 2 - low tax and point 4 - mpg figure.
So... ALL that in mind.
I'm on the Renault.co.uk car configurator, to see just how much money I will need to plough into this investment to get those stupid (but awesome) fake engine sounds that I'm coveting so much.
Try it out yourself, it's lots of fun, who doesn't like a car configuration utility? Fantasise, go nuts and then look in horror at your expensive taste. Unless you're rich and then you won't care.
You'll see all the things I'm talking about and how they save the good stuff for the top of the range spect models.
The first thing I notice, it doesn't look quite as sleek and sporty (fake sporty it's an mpv) as it did in its concept and pre launch pictures... sigh
More like they've taken the Renault 'Capture' blueprints, and some one has clicked the enlarge button on the copier machine. Not terrible because if the capture had five individual seats, I may have bought that already (although it is a tad small)
(I have already had a new Clio and swapped it for a Twingo, so I'm clearly onboard with their current design philosophy)
Anyway, back to the point... The back looks more frumpy than I wanted, and I feel slightly disappointed.
Configurator loaded... White is the "Free" Colour
I must point out I actually prefer the wheels here on the base model...
I could get used to sitting here... is that a HUD... oooooooh...
After some tweaking and some forced changes so that I can get the entertainment spec I want, the price has risen significantly. Do I compromise on the media package? Or accept I have expensive taste? (Being expensive defeats many of MY listed requirements, I realise I'm losing my own battle here).
Yes, I know Four Thousand Pounds is a lot more.
It was almost £1000 just for different paint, then more money for tinted windows, a proper spare tire, the Media Pack I wanted and well... it all adds up.
A bit more reading and it all looks really good, definitely looks higher spec than my 6yr old Bus.
And then... the deal breaker.
It said 5 full size seats... I didn't imagine that. (They definitely said it)
Which I took to mean, 5 individual seats, just like in the current car I own.
But, look closely. It's a bench seat & single seat hybrid...
Two in a bench moulded together and one single seat. This is a mistake... I am reconsidering my purchase.
Now, I hear some of you going... so what, who cares?
Well, I do... Right now in the old faithful Grand Scenic and even the older Scenic, there were/are 3 individual rear seats. This means I can configure and attach the kids ISO-Fix seats either side by side (to allow access to the rear seats - in the grand scenic - or to let the adult passenger in without having to climb past a child seat) OR I can split the kids to either side (usually when they are fighting) and the middle seat although less convenient to get to, would still fit an adult, due to ALL the seats sliding back and forwards.
This hybrid configuration they are trying to pass off as 'Five Full Sized Seats' isn't as versatile. And I suspect is a ploy to push me back into the (not yet released) more expepensive bigger Grand Scenic.
And that tastes a little sour to me...
Tell me what you think... you have a better solution? Do you agree or disagree with me?
I have broad shoulders, I can take it... but ultimately I'm right.
They've made a, mistake.