Few weekends ago, I was invited to Goa, along with 39
bloggers across the country by Renault India in association with Blogadda.com
to drive their new MPV range Renault Lodgy. I already made a post about my
entire trip experience, now its time for me to write my review about the car.
You all know from my previous post that Renault India gave
us a royal hospitality, just because of that you don’t get to read a biased
review. It’s going to be my honest review about my experience. I believe in
expressing my honest thoughts while reviewing because, I know my review would
help someone to make a decision and I don’t want a person to be misled by my
Below review is purely based on my personal experience.
giant-Renault is trying really hard to set their foot on Indian market. Only
Renault duster, compact SUV has made an impact in Indian market, rest all
Renault car range hasn’t done any noticeable impacts. Renault has launched many
cars into the market in very short span and now the new entry to the market is
MPV range called Renault Lodgy.
Renault lodgy, as name says – Multi Purpose vehicle, entire
car is designed as per the standards of MPV. Right now Indian MPV market is
ruled by Toyota Innova, Mobillo, Etriga. Now the new edition to MPV world is Renault
lodgy and it looks promising in giving a good fight for these MPVs in market. Lodgy
is smaller than Innova and bigger than mobillo & Etriga.
Looks and Interior
Lodgy looks boxy and prominent chrome stripes in the
nose just a distraction from boxy-look feeling from front view. Large head
lamps and angled edges are added beautifying characters to conceal the boxy
look and this illusion creation actually works. Rear has medium sized tail lamps with uniquely
shaped to give angular look but doesn’t do much good to conceal a flat and boxy
look from rear view.15’’ Wheels are big disappointment as it looks too small on
a bulky body.
Interiors are done using good quality plastic, wisely chosen
interior color combination gives you a more airy feeling inside. Piano black
center console gives a premium feel. Plenty of storage space is provided in the
car, which grabs attention of our Indian mind set.
All the three rows has roof
mounted AC and 12 volt charging sockets .Over all I am happy with the
interiors. If you want to enjoy the best interiors, high end model is your best
Lodgy has a longer wheel base and that explains the more
room inside and it comes as 7 or 8 seater option. First and second row has enough leg room but third
row lacks a bit. As it lacks in roof height, it’s uncomfortable for tall
Boot space is bit tricky, it has 223 litters with third row up but
after folding third row it gives 759 liters. If you are travelling with full
packed, I mean 7 people in the car, you better advice all to carry light weight
luggage as the boot space with third row up, doesn’t give enough space to accommodate
too many luggages.
|You can have boot picnic, provided you are travelling with less people and less luggage|
Performance and Driving Experience
Renault Lodgy comes only in diesel variant with 1.5 liters
engine. Don’t frown it’s because diesel engine, it’s not noisy like diesel
engines, it actually pleasant to drive diesel lodgy as it is completely noiseless,
you can actually cut off from all the noise once you close all the windows.
Lodgy comes with 108.5 bhp and 84 bhp variants. My team got a chance to try
both the variants and I had a chance to drive 84 bhp one. My team mate Omkar drove 108.5 bhp variant,
according to him, below 1700 rpm it suffers turbo-lag. I had chance of driving
84 bhp, it gave me a feeling of driving a hatch back, may be that is because I
drive an SUV. It has better road grip, I actually tried driving in curves and
bends without taking out my foot on accelerator, and it just glides smoothly
without a fear of losing road grip. Speed and pick up wise, I am happy as I don’t
have plans of getting into racing. High end Lodgy also comes with cruise
control but in an Indian roads using cruise control is dream come true.
I am happy with Lodgy’s performance wise and also its fuel
efficient (20km/ltr). If you are a sedan user, looking for extra seats, maybe it’s
a car for you. It’s a car for big Indian family. It is also lot cheaper than
Innova but gets most of the MPV at less price. It’s comfortable to drive on
Indian road conditions and also has good road grip.
Book your test drive with nearest Renault dealer and
experience it because you are your best judge.
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