Spacious, versatile, affordable
Body roll and reliability issues
The Megane Scenic is the model that started the compact people carrier market. Renault noticed a gap in the market where buyers were looking for versatile space without exterior bulk. Keen pricing, unheard of practicality and a roomy, raised seating position gave it instant family-appeal and it proved a massive success, winning European car of the year in 1997.
Nowadays, the market is flooded with mini-MPVs, though the Megane Scenic is undoubtedly the forefather, setting the benchmark for others to follow.