Renault Scala CVT – Review

Prits | Roadtest | March 19, 2013
Renault Scala CVT – Review

With an adverse effect of the growing traffic scenario in our country, the word comfort is something of essential criteria while purchasing a vehicle. In today’s context where individuals are pressed for time and are leading a very hectic life, driving an automatic can be a boon for them. Having the motto “Drive The Change”, Renault India recently launched yet another variant of the Scala to enlarge its product portfolio by adding an automatic to engage customer delight.

Renault Scala as many of us know and those who are not that versed with the world of automobiles is basically is a rebadged version of Nissan Sunny. This is possible due to the global technological tie-up between Renault and Nissan which enables them to share vehicle platforms across different markets. Therefore Sunny and Scala are a testament of this fact in the Indian scenario.

Unveiled last year as an entry level sedan, Renault has now gone one step further to incorporate a CVT variant into the Scala line-up. In perspective, the latest introduction does not feature any drastic changes except a CVT badge which can be found on its rear boot lit. Rest the front fascia features a semi pointed nose with pulled back headlamps and a prominent chrome grille with Renault logo sitting right in the centre along with integrated fog lamps. Sides cater to flared wheel arches, chrome door handles and a set of 15 inch alloy rims. While the rear provides elegant looking tail lamps, a chrome strip bearing its name running right across with CVT demarking its relevance.

The cabin on this variant is no different than the manual, as the top of the line RxZ variant featured dual tone interiors with leather upholstery. Its centre console comprised of a music system and dual climate control. The most significant change here is the automatic gear shift stick which replaces the manual knob. Other things to be taken into consideration are the spacious interiors which is its biggest USP. Steering mounted controls and engine start stop button are added benefits. For safety, Scala offers dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake assist.

Coming to the most important part of this review, the X-Tronic CVT transmission on board does a decent job in providing good shifts. However the 1498cc engine under its hood produces a maximum power output of 99 PS with 134 Nm of torque which is sufficient for city as well as highway use. The only concern here is the noise vibrations that tend to creep into the cabin while driving the sedan enthusiastically both in normal as well as the sports mode. Ride quality on this machine is decent courtesy its suspension setup which comprises of MacPherson Strut in the front while the rear features Torsion Bar. It handles reasonable well apart from the fact that the brakes are a bit soft which can pose a threat to both the occupants and others travelling on our city roads.

On the whole, Renault Scala CVT aims at providing comfort with its up market looks. The interiors are spacious and comfortable with a drive train that does well to provide a smooth ride both within the city as well as the highway.

The X-Tronic CVT transmission on board is a boon considering the traffic scenario in our country along with a better fuel efficiency figures which according to Renault stands at 17.97 kmph.

 

 
 
 
 
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