The interiors of the Verito are spacious for both the rows, as it is based on the Logan. Mahindra has improved the quality and the plastics do look and feel good.
The gorgeous and fascinating French beauty, Logan, when revamped and re-badged by an Indian auto-giant, comes out as what is today known as the 'sensible yet stylish' Mahindra Verito. Keeping the basics same as the inspiring Logan, Verito brings about improvements in almost every detail of the interiors taking them a notch higher than its parent vehicle. Jacketed in a trendy black and beige twin-tone theme, the cabin of this Mahindra sedan has a fresh and appealing feel about it that only gets better as we start noticing the material quality. Undoubtedly better in quality than the Renault version, the seating chamber of the Indian model moves further ahead in terms of visual appeal thanks to the newly-installed in-dash music system and the attractive carbon-finish panel incorporated for the central console of the car.
The rest remains almost the same, and that means the seats are as large and as comfortable as before providing ample support for the body. For the driver, especially, the seat has been designed very smartly facilitating a high position and good visibility at all times. In terms of spaciousness, too, Verito is just as well-accomplished as Logan and provides more than just sufficient room for legs (in the front row), knees (in the second row) and heads (in both rows) of passengers. Even the trunk area is quite large and can easily fit in most of your luggage.
1.4 G2 : Mahindra Verito 1.4 G2 is the very basic model of the sedan and so, it is natural that it houses only the very basic features. The cockpit area comes equipped with power steering, remote trunk and fuel lid opener, low fuel warning light, tachometer, glove compartment and digital clock while the general convenience fitments include AC/heater unit, classy fabric upholstery, trunk light and rear seat headrests. The safety arsenal, meanwhile, is composed of various tools and technologies like adjustable headlights integrated with halogen headlamps, child safety locks, anti-theft alarm, day and night RVM, passenger-side RVM, rear seat belts, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer and centrally mounted fuel tank.
1.5 D2 : The 1.5 D2 is nothing but the diesel-fueled version of 1.4 G2, and carries exactly same set of additionals as its petrol counterpart.
1.4 G4 : Mahindra Verito 1.4 G4 is the mid-range model for the car. Besides holding all the features flaunted by the base model, this variant has a small additional collection of its own to offer consisting of front cup holders, electronic multi-trip meter, digital odometer, height adjustable front seat belts, front and rear power windows and central locking system. The feature that does not make its way from the base model to the mid-range model is that of tinted glass.
1.5 D4 : The 1.5 D4 is, again, the diesel version of 1.4 G4, and so, has been blessed with the same traits as its petrol counterpart.
1.5 D6 : This is the top-end model of the Verito line-up and so, is bound to be bestowed upon with the best and the largest collection of fitments and gadgets. In addition to carrying the ones that are also seen in the lower level models, Mahindra Verito 1.5 D6 plays host to a number of traits that are exclusive to it. These include fitments that work towards enhancing the look and feel of the ride like rear cup holders in addition to the front ones, CD player/ radio unit teamed up with front and rear speakers, cigarette lighter, power adjustable ORVM (in place of the manual ones found in other variants) and alloy wheels. But, there are also technologies that take safety to new levels as well like front fog lights, rear window defogger, ABS, power door locks, driver airbag, door ajar warning and engine check warning.
Ed’s take: The Scala is a spacious sedan and it comes loaded with good number of bells and whistles. We also like the quality of plastics on it.
The instrument panel layout of the Scala is simple and ergonomically designed. The number of buttons is minimal and the features that the car offers are excellent. The plastic quality, the fit and finish and even the built quality is first-rate on the Scala. The interiors are ergonomically designed and the space is also good in the front row. The seats are large and comfortable for long journeys. Move into the second row and you shall be staggered with the legroom it offers. Even a six-footer can sit comfortably even if the rear seat is pushed back. The large boot of the Scala can easily swallow a weekend luggage for four people with ease.
The Scala RxZ – range-topper- gets keyless entry and exit, push start and stop button, electrically folding ORVMs, climate control air conditioning and also steering-mounted audio controls. The Scala gets bells and whistles like leather upholstery in the top-of-the-line RxZ and soft rear seat headrest, which makes it pleasant to sit behind.
This is the base version of the Scala and is available only with the petrol-powered engine. This version gets keyless entry, electric power steering, AC, integrated music system, multi function display, follow me home, driver airbag, ABS and body colour ORVMs.
The RxL is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The RxL gets features like electrically adjustable ORVMs, climate control, height adjustment for driver’s seat, steering mounted audio controls, front passenger airbag, chrome door handles, alloy wheels, chrome plated inside door handles and reading lamp.
The RxZ is available with the petrol automatic and diesel engine. This comes with all the bells and whistles like keyless entry, push start and stop button, front fog lamps, electrically foldable ORVMs.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Verito is a gem. It has almost of no turbo lag and even is very drivable. This oil burner is very frugal and even the performance is decent and good enough to potter around town. To power the fabulous range of Verito that Mahindra has put together for its fans, two different yet equally efficient power-mills have been selected. One of them is a petrol engine that drives four out of the ten variants while the other one is an oil-burner that takes responsibility for the remaining six. With the same engine working under the hood, two out of the four petrol-driven models of Verito comply with the BSIII norms of emission while the other two follow the BSIV set of rules. The same pattern is reiterated for the diesel group also, with three BSIII and three BSIV variants.
Engineered to propel the 1.4 G2 BSIII, the 1.4 G2 (BSIV), the 1.4 G4 BSIII and the 1.4 G4 models of Verito, this 1.4-litre 8V MPFi (Multi Point Fuel Injection) petrol engine is capable of spinning a maximum of 75bhp at 5500rpm for a top torque output of 110Nm generated at 3000rpm. The engine, just like so many other features of Verito, comes directly from Logan and brings its refinement along. The NVH levels remain restricted to quite low levels at all times and the power delivery, also, is very linear with no such interference as turbo lag as a consequence to which overtaking becomes quite a simple affair. The only issues with this skilled set of mechanicals seem to arise from the 5-speed manual transmission gearbox and that too, just because of the gear-shifts that give a slight rubbery feel. Where mileage is concerned, Verito Petrol puts up a fairly decent show with the city street average fixed at 10.43kmpl and the highways at 13.87kmpl.
The diesel engine, again, is the same that used to power the fabulous Logan. Keeping up with its powerful yet frugal nature, this 1.5-litre 8V dCi CRDi diesel mill continues to be the most popular oil-burner in the industry after Fiat's multijet. Mated to the same 5-speed manual transmission gearbox as its petrol-feeding sibling, this engine has been designed to crank up a peak 65bhp at 4000rpm for a peak torque of 160Nm produced at 2000rpm. The NVH levels are pretty low and remain so whether the car is left to idle away or when the engine is turned on, thereby highlighting the sophistication that is expected of a sedan. Plus, the power delivery is also very linear making overtaking extremely easy and driving extremely pleasant, be it the bumper-to-bumper city ride or the wide open highways. Being mated to the same transmission system presents this mill with the same problems also and hence, rubbery gear-shifts are a part and parcel of this version as well. As for the mileage, Verito Diesel maintains an average of 18.01kmpl in the city and 21.03kmpl on highways.
Ed’s take: The diesel s definitely is the pick of the lot, however for those having limited travel with loads of traffic driving, the CVT is the ideal choice.
The Renault Scala is being offered with two engines: one being a 1.5-litre petrol and the other being the famous 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. These are the same engines that also power the Nissan Sunny.
Renault has retained the 1.5-litre petrol mill that chruns out 98bhp of power and 134Nm of maximum torque. The NVH level of this engine is fairly low until it redlines. However, this isn’t a very happy to revv engine. The engine whines as it inches closer to redline. The power delivery of the motor is fairly linear. This mill has a strong mid-range and even the delivery of power is linear. It generates decent torque at low rpm to potter around in city traffic. The petrol engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission and also an option of CVT has been recently added. The five-speed box has positive shifts with a tad rubbery shifts. The CVT on the other hand is highly fuel efficient as it spins the motor at the lowest possible rpm while cruising. he CVT transmission came into existence, as it has higher fuel efficiency than the conventional boxes. Hence, the Renault Scala delivers a fuel economy of 17.97kmpl as per ARAI cycle. In the real world, when driven with lighter foot it will be close to 12kmpl in city driving.
Renault Scala’s second offering is the 1.5-litre K9K engine that is one of the most frugal engines from the Renault stable. This engine churns out 85bhp of power. This is another engine after the multijet that has received an amazing response from the Indian hoi polloi. The NVH levels on this oil burner are fairly low and even the power delivery is linear like a petrol engine. It doesn’t have the turbo lag that most of the modern day diesel engines suffer from. The drivability is brilliant and you can pull it cleanly even when shifted into a higher gear. The engine doesn’t get the extra punch like the other diesels, but the power is available at most of the rev band, which adds on as an advantage to it. This oil burner comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The ride of the Verito is plush as it built on the Logan’s suspension, which is very good. Most of the shocks from the road are soaked up by the suspension and even the handling is decent.
The suspension system of Mahindra Verito is composed of a McPherson type mechanism paired with Wishbone link working at the front end and an H-section Torsion Beam mechanism integrated with Programmed Deflection-Coil spring working at the rear end. This proficient suspension system, in combination with the incredible Logan-inspired underpinnings, makes Verito the supple and composed ride that it claims to be. Easily and effectively absorbing all the jerks, jolts and bounces in the road, this cleverly designed framework of Verito makes it a very plush ride and smooth ride.
Even the handling comes to Verito as an inheritance. The car is planted and inspires confidence in the driver when driven on straight roads or pushed around corners. There is not much body roll and as for the steering, it acts precisely at low speeds. However, it is the high speeds that make it feel a bit slack.
Ed’s take: Scala has a sorted ride, however the handling isn’t comparable to its European competiion.
The underpinnings on the Scala are the same as the Sunny, however Renault calms to have tweaked the suspension set-up a bit to enhance the handling characteristics. Still the ride on the Scala is more calm and composed at low speeds. However the long suspension made it a bit jittery at higher speeds if the road tarmac isn’t smooth.
The Scala still has soft suspension and long travel set-up, yet it has decent handling when driven within city speed limits. There is some amount of body roll when you take corners, and the tail tends to get a bit happy to step out. Also, the light steering wheel is a boon to drive in city and tight corners. It doesn’t weigh up much when the vehicle gathers speed and this isn’t good for the confidence of the driver.