Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The choice of engines is good, ranging from the 1.6e to the swift 115bhp 2.0-litre unit, which has a top speed of 115mph. The 1.9 dT and DTi diesels are a bit gruff, but offer acceptable acceleration and have a greater fuel economy. Although it’s a reasonably good tower, disappointingly, the Megane Scenic is weak when it comes to overtaking, and motorway manoeuvres need to be carefully planned in plenty of time.

Megane Scenic handles safely enough, but feels uncomposed when cornering and the tall shape means that body roll is very noticeable. The shape also has a negative effect on the ride, which suffers a little in cross winds, making handling awkward on blustery days. Although it may struggle to cope with twisty off-road bends, its more than happy on the motorways – where tight turns are kept to a minimum – giving a self-assured, relaxing journey.