Renault Scala is one of the amazing sedans offered by its manufacturer. This is the fifth vehicle in their highly acclaimed fleet of cars that has caught attention of a number of people. It is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options in three trim levels. The petrol trims are incorporated with a 1.5-litre, 4 cylinder based XH2 engine. It can churn out a peak power output of 97.64bhp in combination with a maximum torque output of 134 Nm. This petrol version is offered with a 5-speed manual as well as a CVT X-Tronic automatic gearbox options. On the other hand, the diesel trims are equipped with a 1.5-litre, dCi power plant that has the ability to displace 1461cc. It is capable of producing a peak power and torque output of 84.8bhp and 200Nm respectively, which is rather good. This sedan is blessed with an electric power steering system that makes the handling quite convenient. Whereas, it has a disc and drum braking mechanism that is further assisted by electronic brake force distribution and anti-lock braking system. As far as suspension system is concerned, it is quite proficient and helps in maintaining its stability even on uneven road conditions. The company has bestowed it with numerous top class comfort features that will give an enjoyable driving experience to its passengers. Some of these include a powerful air conditioner unit with automatic climate control that keep the cabin fresh, a brilliant multi information display as well as electrically foldable and adjustable external wing mirrors. Others features such as the advanced follow me home headlamps, adjustable illumination on the meter cluster and push button illuminated start stop function is also available for added convenience. The internal section is quite spacious and includes several sophisticated aspects. It has well cushioned seats, reading lamp and a spacious boot compartment that is good enough for placing a lot of luggage. There are also various utility based aspects available that adds to the convenience. The list includes an accessory socket, cup holders, assist grips and a few other such aspects. The owners also have an option to add a few accessories for enhancing its style as well as comfort levels. This sedan is offered in five vibrant exterior paint options for the customers to select from. Its outer appearance is simply captivating with maximum use of chrome at several places. It is equipped with many remarkable aspects that gives it a classy look. These include smoked style headlamp cluster at front and a couple of bright fog lamps that are fitted to the dual tone bumper. The side profile includes some styling features like neatly carved wheel arches, door handles as well as ORVMs. Coming to its rear end, there is a well sculpted bumper and a radiant tail light cluster that gives it a stylish look. Besides these, it also includes an integrated roof mounted antenna that helps in better reception of radio signals. On the safety front, it has some vital protective features like dual front airbags that reduces the risk of injury in case of a collision, speed sensing automatic door locks, anti-theft device with alarm as well as head restraints, which offers better security to its passengers. This sedan will compete with Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna Fluidic, Ford Fiesta and a few other vehicles in this particular segment. It is offered with a standard warranty of 2+2 years or 80,000 kilometers. The customers can also avail an extended warranty program at an extra cost. Moreover, it offers warranty on repair for 12 months or 20,000 kilometers, whichever comes first along with 24/7 road side assistance.
This sedan has an aerodynamic body design and includes exclusive features that will further add to its style. To begin with the front fascia, it has a wide windshield that is integrated with a couple of wipers. There are a set of variable intermittent wipers available in the top end variant. Then, it has a sleek and slanting bonnet that looks quite stylish with a few visible character lines on it. There is an elongated smoked styled headlight cluster, which is large and looks trendy. It is fitted with high intensity double barreled lamps and turn indicators as well. This surrounds a bold and hexagonal shaped radiator grille that gets chrome treatment, while the prominent insignia of the company further gives an impressive look to its frontage. Other than these, it includes a dual tone bumper that is fitted with an air intake section for cooling the engine quickly. This air dam is surrounded by a couple of bright and round shaped fog lamps. Coming to the side profile, it has outside rear view mirrors in body color and neatly carved wheels arches, which are fitted a stylish set of alloy wheels in mid and top end trims. While the base level variant has a pair of steel rims along with full wheel covers. The door handles are plated with chrome in RxL and RxZ variants, while these are available in body color in the RxE trims. Besides these, it has a chrome garnished window sill that further adds to its appearance. The car maker has designed its rear end attractively with a few styling features. These include a curvy boot lid with a chrome trunk garnish that has the model name lettering embossed on it. The radiant tail light cluster is well designed and includes turn indicator and reversing lights as well. Apart from these, it has a wide windscreen that is integrated with a high mount stop lamp. It also includes a defogger with timer and the roof mounted antenna completes the look of its rear profile.
In terms of dimensions, this sedan is built with an overall length of 4425mm and has a total width of 1695mm. It has a decent height of 1505mm, while the wheelbase of 2600mm is quite good and determines spacious interiors. The minimum ground clearance comes to 161mm, while it has a turning radius of 5.3 meters. It comes with the front and rear track of 1480mm and 1485mm respectively. The manual versions of this vehicle have a kerb weight of 1010 kgs, while it is 1085 kgs in the automatic and diesel versions.
Editor's take : The Scala has been designed for those who will like to be driven to work and will drive out with friends. Hence, there is an acre of space at the rear, and good enough room for head and legs in the front as well.
This sedan series is quite classy and has been designed with various comfort features. The mid and top end trims have Beige colored interiors, while the base trim is in dark Grey color that add to its appeal. It has a leather wrapped steering wheel mounted with audio controls, which makes it convenient for the driver. The gear knob is also wrapped in leather, which makes it look stylish. The door trim finish is in leather for its top end trim and in fabric for the mid level trim. The mid and top end trims also have chrome plated internal door handles. It has an integrated audio system, which has a CD player, four speakers, AM/FM radio tuner, MP3 and an AUX port as well that further adds to its ambiance. The front cabin has cup holders on center console to hold beverages. There is an effective manual air conditioning unit with heater and quality filter. There are height adjustable front and rear head restrains that adds to the comfort. There are vanity mirrors with lid for both the front passengers. Other utility features equipped in this sedan includes a digital clock, 12V power outlet, cabin lamp and a trunk lamp as well.
The manufacturer has provided many comfort features to create convenience for each occupant. These features include engine start/stop button and multifunctional smart key that allows the driver to keep key fob in the pocket, when locking, unlocking and starting the vehicle. There are electrically adjustable & foldable ORVM's. It has tilt adjustable electric power steering, which allows the driver to put modest effort to steer regardless of any conditions. The top and mid variants have outside temperature display. It has speed sensing auto door locks, which keeps the passengers secure. Other comfort features includes engine immobilizer, front fog lamps, rear window defroster, door ajar warning, clutch foot rest, tachometer and many other such aspects.
The car is quite roomy to accommodate 5 passengers with ease. It has a 490 liter boot space to store enough luggage and a 41 liter fuel tank as well. It also has ample leg room for all its occupants along with decent head and shoulder space as well.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration of both the cars is good, however the petrol has an edge when both are compared. In overall, it is the diesel which will our pick.
The petrol engine is coupled with an efficient five speed manual and an X-Tronic CVT automatic transmission gear box as well. The manual versions can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in around 13.58 seconds, while attaining a top speed of about 155 Kmph, which is rather decent. The automatic trims can achieve an impressive top speed of 160 Kmph approximately and accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph in close to 12.11 seconds from a standstill. Whereas, the diesel variants take around 16 seconds to break the 100 Kmph speed barrier and attains a top speed in the range of 160 to 165 Kmph, which is not bad at all.
Engine and Performance
Editor's take : Both the engine offerings on the Scala aren’t good on paper, but even in the real world. Our pick of the lot is the diesel for its linear power delivery and low NVH.
The automaker has incorporated both petrol and diesel engines in this sedan series. The petrol variants have a 1.5-litre, XH2 engine that has the ability to displace 1498cc. It carries 4-cylinders, sixteen valves and is incorporated with an electronic fuel injection system. This dual overhead camshaft valve configuration based motor can generate a peak power of 97.64bhp at 6000rpm along with a torque output of 134Nm at 4000rpm. The powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine is based on a single overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has four cylinders that are further fitted with eight valves in it. This mill displaces 1461cc and is integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection system. The maximum power churned out by this motor is 84.8bhp at 3750rpm and generates 200Nm torque output. Both these power plants are coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. Meanwhile, the petrol engine is also available with an X-Tronic CVT transmission gear box. This automatic version can belt out a peak power and torque of 99.61bhp at 5600rpm and 134Nm at 4000rpm.
Editor's take : The Scala’s petrol engine is quite efficient while the K9K diesel is one o the most frugal mills that are sold in India. The K9K is certainly the pick of the lot.
As certified by the ARAI, its diesel mill can return a healthy fuel economy of 21.64 Kmpl on the expressways, which is quite good. Whereas, it comes down to around 18.5 Kmpl within the city. On the other hand, its petrol power plant can deliver a maximum mileage of 16.95 Kmpl on the bigger roads and returns around 13.5 Kmpl under city traffic conditions. Meanwhile, the automatic versions can deliver a mileage of 17.97 Kmpl and around 14 Kmpl on the highways and city roads respectively.
Power of Renault Scala
Editor's take : The power on both these motors is good and so is the delivery fairly linear. There is no sign of turbo lag in the diesel.
Its petrol motor belts out a maximum power of 97.64bhp at 6000rpm and yields a peak torque output of 134Nm at 4000rpm, which is rather good. The CVT version can generate a peak power of 99.61bhp and delivers the same torque output as the manual version. On the other hand, its commanding diesel mill has the ability to pump out a maximum power of 84.8bhp at 3750rpm. At the same time, it generates a superior torque output of 200Nm at 2000rpm, which is quite impressive.
Stereo & Accessories
Editor's take : The Scala comes loaded in-dash music system, leather interiors, keyless entry, push start and stop, electrically folding ORVMs.
In order to provide best in-car entertainment to its passengers, the manufacturer has installed a music system in this sedan. It features a CD, MP3 player, AM/FM radio tuner and has four speakers, which are located in the front and rear side of the cabin. This integrated audio unit also supports auxiliary input options, which is quite good. It also has a roof mounted antenna for reception of radio signals, while the power steering wheel is mounted with audio control switches in the mid and high end trims. On the other hand, the owners of this sedan have an option to customize with a few additional aspects, which are of their requirement. Some of the interior features include steering wheel cover, black and beige carpet mat, art leather seat covers, reverse park assist, luggage mat, black as well as transparent rubber mat, illuminated scuff plates and a comfort set featuring seat cushions, neck rest and seat belt pad. The list of exterior features include mud flaps, exhaust finisher, silver car cover, blinkers on ORVMs, body side molding, wind deflector and a few other such aspects.
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Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The handling characteristics of the Scala are decent, as the suspension has been tuned for better ride than handling. There is some amount of body roll, thanks to the long travel of the suspension.
The suspension and braking sedan is said to be safe and sound in every way. The front wheels have been equipped with McPherson struts, while the rear end gets a torsion beam. This system is efficient enough to absorb most of the jerks, which are usually felt while driving on Indian roads. On the brakes front, the car features disk brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. The responsive power steering is firm and is accompanied with a turning radius of 5.30 meters. The electronic brake distribution system together with anti lock braking system makes the braking system much more efficient. All this put together makes this sedan one of the most reliable vehicle to travel in.
Safety & Security
Editor's take : The safety features on the Scala are the dual airbags for passive, while ABS is the active safety feature.
This latest version of sedan is equipped with quite a lot of crucial protective aspects. The company has equipped it with an advanced anti lock braking system that comes along with an electronic brake distribution system as well. Then there are dual front airbags for both the mid and top end trims, whereas the base variant only gets a driver airbag. Apart from these, it also has emergency brake assist , speed sensing auto door locks, adjustable head restraints (front and rear), rear window defroster with timer, anti pinch power window on driver-side (one touch up and down), an advanced engine immobilizer for stopping any unauthorized entry, variable intermittent front wipers with washer and smoked style headlamps. All these put together makes this sedan series, one of the most sought after and safe.
The astutely carved out wheel arches of the mid and top end trims have been equipped with a classy set of 15 inch alloy wheels. These stylish rims are further covered with radial tubeless tyres of size 185/65 R15, which provides a perfect grip of the road. Whereas, the base trim has been given a set of robust 14 inch steel wheels that have been covered with trendy full wheel covers, which are equipped with similar tubeless radials of size 185/70 R14.
1. Roomy leg space with spacious interiors.
2. Attractive exterior aspects and appearance.
3. Innovative comfort features equipped in its top end trim.
4. Even the CVT trims have decent fuel economy.
5. Its diesel engine performance is very impressive.
1. Acceleration and pickup can be made better.
2. The NVH levels of its diesel engine can be reduced.
3. Initial cost of ownership can be further competitive.
4. Safety standards can be improved.
5. After sales service is not up to the mark.
Renault Scala price
|Diesel RxL |
|8,99,067 ||9,04,049 ||9,30,216 ||9,07,542 ||8,95,666 ||8,85,643 ||9,29,804
|Diesel RxZ |
|9,39,365 ||9,45,069 ||9,72,292 ||9,48,986 ||9,36,287 ||9,41,411 ||9,71,346
|7,94,078 ||7,97,186 ||8,20,757 ||8,00,149 ||7,89,768 ||7,93,528 ||8,21,936