Renault Lodgy Expert Review

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Introduction

Renault entered the MPV segment in 2015 with the launch of the Lodgy. Based on the same platform as the Duster, the Lodgy is a seven-seater MPV that has been designed to cater to family car buyers and fleet-owners alike. Apart from rivaling the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Honda Mobilio, it is a considerably more affordable people-mover than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Does it have what it takes to find a place in your garage? Let’s find out.

Pros
  • Tumble forward second row captain seats and removable third row liberate up to 1,861-litres of luggage space.
  • Fantastic ride quality. Feels at home on our broken roads.
  • Diesel engine offers great driveability and efficiency, whether you opt for the 85PS or 110PS tune.
  • Practical seven-seater. Even the last row of seats is genuinely usable.
Cons
  • Boxy styling makes its design very polarising. May not be to everyone’s taste.
  • No diesel AMT like the Duster.
  • Interior trim quality is better than the Duster’s, but is still average for a vehicle at this price.
  • No sliding second row seats. Average knee room for tall occupants.

Stand Out Features

  • Foldable and removable third seat row.

    Foldable and removable third seat row.

  • 110PS diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission 
 

    110PS diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission   

  • Adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat.

    Adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat.

CarDekho Verdict

The Lodgy is a well-made, practical and efficient MPV. It shares traits like the robust build quality and fantastic ride quality with the Duster, and gets a diesel engine which is quite efficient in real world conditions.

"It’s also a great seven-seater for those cannot stretch their budget to get the expensive Innova Crysta."

The only drawbacks are its average interior quality and awkward styling, which reduce its appeal to private car owners, but it’s a great buy for fleet-owners.

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