What's the used Renault VEL Satis hatchback like?
Following in the long and proud tradition of large French saloons that nobody in Britain buys new, here's another. The Renault Vel Satis is a five-door executive car with lots of standard kit and Renault's reputation for excellent safety.
The Vel Satis is a great motorway cruiser with impressively little wind and engine noise at the national limit. However, it's not so great if you attack the corners, and on uneven surfaces the soft, generally smooth ride gets choppy.
It's very comfortable behind the wheel: thanks to firm seats wuith plenty of adjustment, the Vel Satis provides an ache-free drive. However, the interior is let down by the layout of the controls, and by irritatingly small audio buttons.
Space is another of the car's strong points. There's good room for three in the back, although headroom is a little tight, and a large hatchback boot allows luggage to extend into the cabin if required.