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Renault Scala

₹ 7.94 - 9.39 Lakh*
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After the Nissan Micra, it has been the Nissan Sunny that Renault picked up for adding another model to its Indian port-folio. The Mumbai based design studio cleverly made changes to the outside design and have given a new identity to this sedan, the Scala. The front does look like the Pulse hatchback but overall, its got more street presence than the Sunny. The rear design too sees changes with clever inserts in the tail lamps and the chrome garnish on the boot with the Scala embossing. 

The Scala comes with the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel motors as the Sunny. However, Renault is offering a segment first CVT transmission on the Scala. It also gets a premium image with standard alloy wheels on all diesel models, leather seats on top end diesel version etc. Prices as expected are slightly above the Sunny. 

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Renault Scala Price List

View Below - Listing of Variants
    Diesel Variants
    • 1461 cc, Diesel, 18.5 kmpl
      ₹ 8.99 Lakh*
    • 1461 cc, Diesel, 18.5 kmpl
      ₹ 9.39 Lakh*
    Petrol Variants
    • RxL
      1498 cc, Petrol, 12.95 kmpl
      ₹ 7.94 Lakh*

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Scala Color Options

  • Metallic Blue

  • Solid Black

  • Pearl White

  • Mettalic Silver

  • Metallic Red

Expert Test Review

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  • Comfort
  • Looks
  • Engine
  • Interiors
  • Safety
  • Mileage

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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Interiors

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As expected, 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 etc though USB connectivity for the audio system is sorely missing here.

What we like

Has lots of space and a decent features list.

What we don't like

USB connectivity is missing.


Exteriors

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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.


Engine

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.


Mileage

Diesel Mileage 21.64 kmpl
Petrol Mileage 16.95 kmpl

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.

What we like

Diesel has good efficiency, petrol excellent.

What we don't like

Diesel could have had better efficiency.

Diesel Variants
Diesel RxL 21.64 kmpl
Diesel RxZ 21.64 kmpl
Petrol Variants
RxL 16.95 kmpl

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.


Comfort

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.


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Renault Scala In News

Renault discontinues base and AT variants of Scala

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Renault Scala With the sinking sales figures of Scala, Renault India has decided to cut down the variants of the car and has silently discontinued the base (RxE) variant as well as the AT variant of the Scala. As a result of this, the Scala is now available in only three variants namely Diesel RxL, Diesel RxZ and Petrol RxL. Since its launch in ...Read Full News

Renault Scala Travelogue edition launched

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Renault Scala Travelogue Edition launched Renault has launched a limited edition of its mid-sized sedan Scala, and have named it as the Travelogue edition. If memory serves you right, this must not be the the first time you are hearing this name. Renault launched the Scala Travelogue edition last year too, and the new one is a refreshed version of ...Read Full News

Renault stops the production of Scala and Pulse

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Renault India is not doing very well in the market and the same reason has forced the French car-maker to stop production of two models in India. Reports say that the production of Scala and Pulse have been put on hold since a long time. As per Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Renault stopped the production of Scala in May 2014 w...Read Full News

Comforable car

By Posted on 18 Aug 13, 11:48 AM

Pros Good fuel economy. I am getting 14.5 Kmlitre petrol

Cons No handles inside the cabin

Excellent comfort driving and riding. Spacious interior and excellent leg space and boot space. You will not get tired, even after a one-stretch 400 Km drive. I felt this car as the best in the class and worth more than the price.

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7 of 12 users found this review helpful.

Good but -----

By Sai Posted on 05 Oct 13, 02:09 AM

Pros Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,

Cons Average Looks,Average Interiors,

good in comfort disadvantage is front look of the car it looks like small hatchback car interior must improve

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7 of 12 users found this review helpful.

Great car in class!!

By Tarang Gupta Posted on 25 Sep 13, 12:27 AM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,

Cons Average Interiors,

hiii, I bought a renault scala in may 2013,though I was very confused between renault scala and hyundai verna,i am happy that finally I have made a descent decision. What I like in the car is -has got lots and lots of space(usp of the car and major reason for me to buy the car),at rear seat u feel like sitting on a sofa. -Excellent pickup -Descent mileage, around 17kmpl in city on ac. -Great exteriors,gives the feel of luxury -Satisfactory services -Safety features(abs,air bags) -Good pricing(9.20 lakhs) Verna was for 9.70 lakhs with no abs and air bags,the positive thing about verna is its interiors and exteriors for those who like sporty Looks over luxurious. Disadvantages- -Outdated music system -Interiors

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12 of 19 users found this review helpful.

Average performance of scala

By Umesh Kumar Posted on 24 Sep 13, 03:56 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,

Cons Average Looks,Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,

I am driving scala since last 8 months. Everything is good with this sedan, only at high high speed (100-120) there are sound in cabin and poor fuel efficiency. Cost is comparatively high as well as other option available in market with same feature. Overall experience is average with this sedan. Cabin space is comparatively better then other option available in this segment.

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6 of 11 users found this review helpful.

Great car to own and drive

By Vijay Posted on 25 Sep 13, 02:31 PM

Pros Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,

Cons Average Looks,

Scala is a very nice car to own and drive. I got the diesel version as my other car is giving me a poor milage and wanted to compensate. This car is surprisingly spacious and comfortable for 5 adults + 2 kids and has a great milage as well. Special mention also to Roharsh motors@Pune who provided great service during the sale and after sales service.

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7 of 10 users found this review helpful.

Ammmaaaaazing Value for Money

By Ruchir Mathur Posted on 06 Jul 15, 09:01 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,Interiors are great and u get max. at a nominal price.

Cons ,Suspension is a bit hard.

I have driven my car RxL Diesel for 48k kms and I am amazed by the performance for power but the main USP is the fuel efficiency of 26.5kmpl on Highway with ac and 19kmpl in city with normal traffic conditions. It is truely amazing. I found no cons in the car except that the suspension is a bit hard.

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5 of 8 users found this review helpful.

Renault Scala - Economical, comfortable,good performance

By Sanjeer Mohamed Posted on 24 Sep 13, 03:43 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,

Cons Average Interiors,

Renault Scala - unbeatable in its class & very competitive.

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Scala Review

By DINESH MUSALE Posted on 25 Sep 13, 09:39 AM

Pros Good Performance,

Cons Average Looks,

Ingeneral car is very good as per performance of the enginer is concern.But company has to focus on the quality of the accessories used in the vehicle.

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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.

Very good car mileage winner

By Sanjay Manelkar Posted on 07 May 14, 11:46 AM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,

Cons Average Interiors,

Very good car with great engine performance. I bought this car after reading review on gaadi.com because team gaadi got more than 50 kmpl mileage. I asked dealer if this is true and they said that yes it is possible if you drive very slow. So i bought the car and tried driving slow and got more than 25 kmpl mileage on highway. In city it is very difficult to drive without stopping so mileage is less but still very good.

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3 of 4 users found this review helpful.

Need improoved interior and sound system

By Sudarsan Posted on 19 May 14, 10:38 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,

Cons Average Interiors,

My self SUDARSAN product manager in auto mobile field, eagerly I am trying to buy new car, for that taking a test drives of every car after I drive the scala its amazing experience loooooooooooooot of back seat and boot space which is every one likes only one thing I noticed that music and GPS system and back camera not there "old music system" in that price range Company must and should provide mind blowing music system and GPS, rear parking camera . if those thing will keep then the company I am sure it get market share of 10 to 15% high thank you

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6 of 6 users found this review helpful.