Renault Scala


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Renault Scala Variants

Petrol Variants

Renault Scala RxE Petrol
1498 cc Petrol, 16.95 kmpl | Check Features
Rs. 7,17,300
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Renault Scala RxL Petrol
1498 cc Petrol, 16.95 kmpl | Check Features
Rs. 7,94,000
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Renault Scala RXL Automatic
1498 cc Petrol, 15.8 kmpl | Check Features
Rs. 9,07,500
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Renault Scala RXZ Automatic
1498 cc Petrol, 15.8 kmpl | Check Features
Rs. 9,97,300
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Diesel Variants

Renault Scala RxL Diesel
1461 cc Diesel, 21.64 kmpl | Check Features
Rs. 8,77,100
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Renault Scala RxZ Diesel
1461 cc Diesel, 21.64 kmpl | Check Features
Rs. 9,65,900
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Renault Scala RxE Diesel
1461 cc Diesel, 21.6 kmpl |
Rs. 8,26,900
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Renault Scala Review

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Editorial Test Drive Review of Renault Scala

Renault’s recent success with the Duster SUV has put them in the lime-light with more and more prospective new car owners, across segments, getting to know about the French brand. Continuing on the same lines of success, the company’s 5th product for Indian after the Fluence, Koleos, Pulse and the Duster will be another high volume product that will be positioned in the Rs 6 to 9 lac bracket and as expected, it is based on the Nissan Sunny – the new Scala. In terms of looks the front end of the Scala looks very similar to the Pulse and that is not a bad thing at all. Infact, so good is the design tweak with the new grille and the huge hexagonal black insert, the Sunny in comparison looks a little bland.

The Pulse derived headlamps look great too though the side profile of the car remains unchanged. At the rear, thankfully, unlike the Pulse, changes have been done as well with tweaked tail-lamps that have a ‘C’ shaped silver insert / reflector and ofcourse the horizontal chrome garnish with the Scala graving. The interiors of the Scala remained unchanged and same as the Nissan Sunny apart from ofcourse the big Renault logo on the steering wheel. However Renault will also be offering leather seats as optional for that premium-touch. The Scala retains all the plus points of the Sunny in terms of ergonomics, quality and segment leading knee and leg room.

Top end versions get rear air blower, steering mounted controls, electronically foldable mirrors, start-stop, rear arm rests. The Renault Scala comes powered with the same engine options as the Nissan Sunny which means for petrol heads, the 1.5-litre motor with 99PS of power and 134Nm of torque does duties here. It is extremely efficient with an ARAI rating of over 16kmpl. Interestingly, Renault is also offering a segment first CVT automatic transmission with the petrol engine option. It goes without saying that the diesel will be the higher seller and comes with same 1.5-litre dCi motor as the Sunny that puts out 86PS of power and a very healthy 200Nm of torque. This is a gem of a motor and pulls very cleanly from as low as 1400rpm with minimal turbo-lag. The Nissan Sunny was always a very comfort oriented car and this one is no different. The long wheelbase aids in the overall stability and during our high speed drive on the Himalayan Expressway, the Scala remained poised and calm at triple digit speeds.

During the drive over some broken patches around Shimla, I personally found the suspension to be a tad better than that of the Sunny and it seems the good guys at Renault had played around with the suspension for extra comfort too. Round the flowing curves and corners of the Shimla highway, the Scala did prove to be a decent handler and gives it main role of comfort, this behaviour is completely acceptable. ABS is also standard across all models. Prices start at Rs 6.99 lakhs to 8.7 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. Renault has launched the Automatic versions of the Scala sedan (petrol engine only) and announced the prices. The automatic version is around a lac more than the manual transmission and this steep premium is due to the modern technology it uses. Renault has used the patented X-Tronic transmission in the Scala in order to give the best to the Indian consumer – for example, the automatic Scala is more efficient  that its manual sibling. This technology, according to the company, helps in reducing the notorious rubber band effect that is associated with CVT transmissions. The Scala Automatic is priced at Rs 8.99 lakhs to 9.89 lakhs ex-showroom.  For a detailed analysis read below.

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Renault Scala Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Good looking
  • Is spacious
  • Efficient diesel engine
  • Ride quality
  • Available in Automatic

Cons

  • Small dealer network
  • High price
  • Too similar looking to Sunny
  • Not fun to drive

Renault Scala Exteriors

It was always a known fact that Renault would be keeping the base as the Nissan Sunny and its Mumbai based design studios tweaking the exterior design to give the car a new identity. What we saw in flesh today seemed to have made one thing clear – the overall execution to distinguish the product from the Nissan one is very good, much better than the job done with the Pulse (to distinguish it from the Nissan Micra). The front end of the Scala looks very similar to the Pulse and that is not a bad thing at all. Infact, so good is the design tweak with the new grille and the huge hexagonal black insert, the Sunny in comparison looks a little bland. The Pulse derived headlamps look great too though the side profile of the car remains unchanged. At the rear, thankfully, unlike the Pulse, changes have been done as well with tweaked tail-lamps that have a ‘C’ shaped silver insert / reflector and ofcourse the horizontal chrome garnish with the Scala graving.


What we like

Loosk better than the Nissan Sunny.


What we don't like

The side view remains unchanged.

 
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Renault Scala Exterior vs Similar Cars Exterior


Renault Scala

Skoda Rapid

Volkswagen Vento

Honda City 2008-2013
Exterior rating
What we like
  • Better looking than the Sunny
  • Clean styling
  • Handsome styling
  • Good build quality
  • Clean handsome styling
  • Good build quality
  • Good build quality
  • Front styling is futuristic
  • Good build quality
What we don't like
  • Too similar looking to Sunny
  • Bulky looking rear end
  • Lacks flair
  • Similar to Fabia
  • Bland looking
  • Similar in looks to the Polo
  • Rear styling
  • Tyres are too small, hamper looks
Gallery link View Renault Scala Photo View Skoda Rapid Photo View Volkswagen Vento Photo View Honda City 2008-2013 Photo


Renault Scala Comfort & Suspension

The Nissan Sunny was always a very comfort oriented car and this one is no different. The long wheelbase aids in the overall stability and during our high speed drive on the Himalayan Expressway, the Scala remained poised and calm at triple digit speeds. During the drive over some broken patches around Shimla, I personally found the suspension to be a tad better than that of the Sunny and it seems the good guys at Renault had played around with the suspension for extra comfort too.


What we like

Suspension is better than the Sunny.


What we don't like

Ride is not class best.



Renault Scala Engine & Performance

The Renault Scala comes powered with the same engine options as the Nissan Sunny which means for petrol heads, the 1.5-litre motor with 99PS of power and 134Nm of torque does duties here. It is extremely efficient with an ARAI rating of over 16kmpl. Interestingly, Renault is also offering a segment first CVT automatic transmission with the petrol engine option. It goes without saying that the diesel will be the higher seller and comes with same 1.5-litre dCi motor as the Sunny that puts out 86PS of power and a very healthy 200Nm of torque. This is a gem of a motor and pulls very cleanly from as low as 1400rpm with minimal turbo-lag. Once past 2500rpm, the engine becomes very strong.


What we like

Diesel is smooth and has good performance.


What we don't like

Petrol lacks punch.

 
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Renault Scala Handling Braking & Safety

Like most Renault cars, the steering is pretty light without being too over-assisted at high speeds which means it does manage to give you constant feedback at times. Around the flowing curves and corners of the Shimla highway, the Scala did prove to be a decent handler and gives it main role of comfort, this behaviour is completely acceptable. ABS with EBD is also standard across all models. You also get dual front airbags.


What we like

Easy to drive and use in city.


What we don't like

Steering too light.



Renault Scala Mileage and Running Costs

Expect real world fuel economies of 17-19kmpl with the diesel. Renault says that as of now, the diesel will only come the 5-speed manual gearbox with no plans of the automatic transmission in the near future. In petrol expect 12  kmpl in city. Thanks to the X-Tronic transmission in the Scala automatic, it is actually more efficient than the manual varaint. We got close to 13 kmpl in our tests.

Renault Scala Mileage

Renault Scala Petrol Variants
Renault Scala RxE Petrol 16.95 kmpl
Renault Scala RxL Petrol 16.95 kmpl
Renault Scala RXL Automatic 15.8 kmpl
Renault Scala RXZ Automatic 15.8 kmpl
Renault Scala Diesel Variants
Renault Scala RxL Diesel 21.64 kmpl
Renault Scala RxZ Diesel 21.64 kmpl
Renault Scala RxE Diesel 21.6 kmpl

Renault Scala Petrol Mileage

 The ARAI rated mileage of the Renault scala petrol variant is 16.95 kmpl. While driving it in a real life situation one can expect a mileage of 14 kmpl.


Renault Scala Diesel Mileage

 The four cylindered engine produces a power of 86PS @ 200 Nm. The ARAI rated mileage is 21.64 kmpl which means the diesel version of Renault Scala is quite good in terms of the fuel efficiency.


Renault Scala Mileage vs Similar Cars Mileage


Renault Scala

Skoda Rapid

Volkswagen Vento
Similar Petrol Cars Mileage RxE Petrol16.95 kmpl
RXL Automatic15.8 kmpl
RxL Petrol16.95 kmpl
RXZ Automatic15.8 kmpl
Active 1.6 MPI MT15.42 kmpl
Ambition Plus 1.6 MPI AT14.4 kmpl
Ambition Plus 1.6 MPI MT15.42 kmpl
Elegance 1.6 MPI AT14.4 kmpl
Elegance 1.6 MPI MT15.42 kmpl
Comfortline Petrol15.04 kmpl
Highline Petrol15.04 kmpl
Highline Petrol AT14.4 kmpl
Trendline Petrol15.04 kmpl
Similar Diesel Cars Mileage RxE Diesel21.6 kmpl
RxL Diesel21.64 kmpl
RxZ Diesel21.64 kmpl
Active 1.6 TDI CR MT20.54 kmpl
Ambition Plus 1.6 TDI CR MT20.54 kmpl
Elegance 1.6 TDI CR MT20.54 kmpl
Comfortline Diesel20.5 kmpl
Highline Diesel20.54 kmpl
Trendline Diesel20.54 kmpl


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Renault Scala Features

Renault Scala RxE Petrol RxL Diesel RxL Petrol RxZ Diesel RXL Automatic RXZ Automatic RxE Diesel
Safety
ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EBD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbags Front-Yes
Rear-No
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Front-Yes
Rear-No
Child safety lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Traction control No No No No No No No
Hill control No No No No No No No
Hill descent No No No No No No No
4WD No No No No No No No
ESP No No No No No No No
Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interior
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tilt Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto down for power windows Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Anti-pinch for power windows Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Cup holders No No No No No No No
Air-con Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear A/c vents Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audio system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyless start-stop button No No No No No No No
Electric mirrors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electric foldable mirrors No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deffoger No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tachometer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Leather seats No No No No No No No
Arm rest Front-No
Rear-Yes
Front-No
Rear-Yes
Front-No
Rear-Yes
Front-No
Rear-Yes
Front-No
Rear-Yes
Front-No
Rear-Yes
Front-No
Rear-Yes
Reversing camera No No No No No No No
Steering controls No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bluetooth connectivity No No No No No No No
Driver info display No No No No No No No
Cruise control No No No No No No No
Foot rest No No No No No No No
Remote boot release Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjust No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Chilled glovebox No No No No No No No
Power Seats No No No No No No No
Exterior
Keyless entry No No No Yes No Yes No
Fog lights No No No Yes No Yes No
Sunroof No No No No No No No
Moon Roof No No No No No No No
Rear wiper No No No No No No No
Auto headlamps No No No No No No No
Rain sensing wipers No No No No No No No
Steel rims Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Alloy wheels No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Rear spoiler No No No No No No No
Roof rails No No No No No No No
Chrome grille Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Projector lamps No No No No No No No
Day time running lamps No No No No No No No

Renault Scala Colors

  •  Solid Black
  •  Flipped Grey
  •  Pearl White
  •  Metallic Silver
  •  Metallic Blue
  •  Metallic Red

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Renault Scala Price

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Renault Scala Petrol Price
Renault Scala RxE Petrol Rs 7.17 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Scala RxL Petrol Rs 7.94 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Scala RXL Automatic Rs 9.08 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Scala RXZ Automatic Rs 9.97 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Scala Diesel Price
Renault Scala RxE Diesel Rs 8.27 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Scala RxL Diesel Rs 8.77 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Scala RxZ Diesel Rs 9.66 Lakh On-Road Price

Renault Scala Price vs Similar Cars Price

Petrol Option Diesel Option

Renault Scala
Rs 7.17 L - 9.97 L On-Road Price Rs 8.27 L - 9.66 L On-Road Price

Skoda Rapid
Rs 7.10 L - 9.56 L On-Road Price Rs 8.26 L - 9.61 L On-Road Price

Volkswagen Vento
Rs 7.49 L - 10.00 L On-Road Price Rs 8.64 L - 10.00 L On-Road Price

Honda City 2008-2013
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T .SRINIVAS RAO | Posted on Jan,22,2014 at 10:43 AM
i am using last 3 months , its engine shaking , spare parts problem, car no -AP 28 BX 0468. PHONE NO-09246184219. Reply to this post  
S.K.Rama | Posted on Oct,28,2013 at 23:17 PM
pl furnish details of the dealer in Rourkela Reply to this post  
K | Posted on Sep,04,2013 at 13:57 PM
I am driving the diesel car since 3 months now & the overall experience has been fantastic. I get a fuel economy of
21 Kmpl. No problems at all with the car. Renault has made a truly great product. Reply to this post  
manish pathania | Posted on Apr,27,2013 at 20:48 PM
nice car Reply to this post  
Joe | Posted on Aug,06,2013 at 15:56 PM
Did you guys hear about the Scala Mileage Run. It seems Renault in association with Gaadi is aiming to establish the sedan as the most fuel efficient car in the country by attempting to break the existing Limca Book Record for highest mileage. I read abou
Subhamoy | Posted on Apr,15,2013 at 11:38 AM
what is the mileage in the diesel version and what is the service cost and what is the warranty Reply to this post  
Sanjay Bhatia | Posted on Sep,05,2012 at 10:53 AM
Nice car, in which colours it is available Reply to this post  
Mahesh Kunjithapadam | Posted on Sep,04,2012 at 17:15 PM
Whats the price at chennai for top end diesel and colours offered please and your dealers here- mahesh Reply to this post  
sreedhar reddy | Posted on Sep,04,2012 at 17:06 PM
I want dealer details in bangalore. Reply to this post  
jitendra patel | Posted on Sep,04,2012 at 11:12 AM
Nice carrrrr..... Reply to this post  
Arvind | Posted on Sep,01,2012 at 19:21 PM
good looking car............ Reply to this post  
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