Renault Scala Review

By: DoYouKnow.IN | Views: 1467 | Date: 05-Sep-2012

Renault Scala, like the Pulse is also an outcome of rebadging the Nissan Sunny. Nissan Sunny has been doing fantastic numbers and this has encouraged Renault to fill the void in its range with this product.

Renault Scala Review

Renault is an automobile company, which has been in the news lately for all the right reasons. Its compact SUV, The Duster has been a runaway success. The Duster has helped Renault as a brand to earn recognition in the Indian auto market.

The year 2012 has been impressive for Renault with so many launches. Renault’s five product launch plan for India will conclude with the launch of a C segment sedan called the Scala.

Renault Scala, like the Pulse is also an outcome of rebadging the Nissan Sunny. Nissan Sunny has been doing fantastic numbers and this has encouraged Renault to fill the void in its range with this product.

Promising a difference in styling and some other tweaks, Renault is hoping the Scala would help them maintain the positive momentum which the Duster has created. We review the Renault Scala RxZ on the winding paths in Shimla and find out more about it.

Renault Scala Technical Specifications
 Make Renault
 Model Scala
Variant XH2 K9K
Engine Capacity 1498 1461
Power in PS/RPM 99/6000 86/3750
Torque in Nm/RPM 134/4000 200/2000
Gears 5/MT 5/MT
Fuel Petrol Diesel
Length mm 4425 4530
Width mm 1695 1775
Height mm 1505 1470
Wheel base mm 2600 2700
Kerb Weight in Kg 1010 1085
Ground clearance mm 161 161
Fuel tank capacity 41 41
Turning circle radius in M 5.3 5.3
Boot Space(Litre) 490 490
Tyre Spec 185/65R15 185/65 R15
Fuel Effeciency(KMPL) 17 21

Renault Scala Features

Features RXE RXL RXZ
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes
Power windows No Yes Yes
Central locking No Yes Yes
Manual AC with Filter Yes No No
Auto AC with filter No Yes Yes
Steering mounted audio control No Yes Yes
Remote Keyless Entry No Yes No
Intelligent Key With push button Ignition No No Yes
Driver seat height adjustment No Yes Yes
Remote Boot opener No Yes Yes
Integrated Audio system with 4 Speaker No Yes Yes
Rear seat center arm rest No Yes Yes
Interior Colour Scheme-Black Yes No No
Interior Colour Scheme-Greige No Yes Yes
Body Coloured ORVM No Yes Yes
Rear Defroster No Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable ORVM No Yes Yes
Electric Folding ORVM No No Yes
Front Fog Lamps No No Yes
Full Wheel covers No Yes No
Alloy wheels No No Yes
ABS+EBD+BA Yes Yes Yes
Engine Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes
Driver airbag Yes Yes Yes
Front passanger airbag No Yes Yes

Renault Scala Appearance

Since, The Renault Scala is primarily based on the Sunny; the looks too seem very reminiscent. Similar to the Pulse, the Scala too is a bolder looking version of the Sunny. In fact, the Renault Scala looks like a next generation Sunny with its impressive styling and bolder street presence.

The front face of the Renault Scala does away with the soft nature of the Sunny and brings in aggression to it. With the new face, the Renault Scala has a better street presence and visual appeal. The smoke styled flowing headlamps paired with the robust nose grille design are simply fantastic.

Headlights and the nose grille give slight hints of the Hyunda Fluidic Verna. Even the front bumpers have been redesigned and look a lot sportier compared to the original. Bumpers and the lines on them have been retained from the Sunny.

Side profile is very identical to the Sunny again except for some minor changes. The belt line under the windows is done in chrome and also is the door handles. The Renault Scala comes with a better set of alloys and I love the design of it. These were also seen on the Pulse hatch.

Rear profile of the Renault Scala is smarter than the Sunny. The tail lamps get a new design and have the Skoda Rapid C styling on them. The boot gets a dash of chrome with “SCALA” encrypted on it. On the rear too its gets a two tone finish on the bumpers same as on the front fascia.

Overall the exteriors of the Renault Scala are impressive and will appeal to the young buyers who would wish to have a Sunny class sedan but with bold and sporty looks. The redesigned exteriors are the highlights of the Renault Scala.

Renault Scala Performance

The interiors of the Renault Scala have been left untouched and are identical to the Pulse, Micra and Sunny. The Scala also gets premium leather upholstery in addition to all the similar elements.

In the Scala too, the interiors have been kept very basic and utility is the main theme behind its design. Twin pod Instrument cluster has chrome outline and the numbers illustrated have been kept very simple. It displays the necessary information such as trip reading, Fuel left to empty tamp along with a digital watch as well.

A 3 spoked steering wheel has the audio controls affixed on it. This comes on both the diesel variants, which is impressive. The quality of plastics is decent and won’t let you complain about it as it does its job well.

The Scala too has the Circular AC control panel which is seen in its Nissan cousins. The Scala with its 2600mm wheelbase proves to be a longish sedan. Legroom is in abundance for all the passengers. The Scala would prove to be an excellent being driven car. Though if Nissan Chose the CAAAR promotional campaign, we wonder what Renault doesn’t SCAAALA it. The Renault Scala would be an amazing option for those who would like to own a car with a long wheelbase but not too expensive on the pocket.

The negative of lesser headroom for the rear passengers is found on this car too cause of the design of the sloping rooflines.

Rear section passengers get the 2 speed blower for cooling, which is aptly placed between the front row seats. We couldn’t test it much as the climate of Shimla was pleasant.

Underneath the front dashboard is a small recess to fit in small documents. The glovebox which also swallows decent load is directly underneath the small recess and impresses with its fit and finishing.

Front door trim has pockets while same is not available for the rear doors. The boot space is same 490 litres and could take in all our luggage and equipment with great ease.

One can complaint about the interiors being identical to the Nissan Sunny but then Renault has made the Scala to fill the C segment space. With the Renault Scala, Renault dealers would offer a wide range of products across different segments. Renault also is endorsing the Scala with its exterior design by retaining the same Sunny interiors.

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