The all new Renault Scala from the stables of French auto major which was introduced in the year 2012 can be termed as a rebadged version of Nissan Sunny. Renault and Nissan has been in alliance since 1999 and since then have shared vehicle platforms to save on economy. With Scala, Renault has done their best and have improved upon the looks and made it more stylized than Sunny with large, aggressive grille, stylish headlights and new alloy wheels along with the massive legroom space of the rear end. The rear end of the vehicle features a blacked-out section that mimics a diffuser, which helps reduce the car's visual bulk. If you glance at the Renault Scala from the side parameters the vehicle looks exactly like Sunny but when you look at the vehicle in overall terms it is well balanced and proportionate that its cousin Sunny from the stables of Nissan. Scala comes loaded with the 1.5-litre dCi motor and the 1.5-litre petrol. Half-throttle responses are good and once past the initial turbo-lag, the engine feels quite responsive. The car feels best in the mid-range and you have adequate passing power on tap. However, on an open highway you will feel a slight shortage of power and find yourself constantly shifting gears to keep the motor on the boil. And, with power tapering off as early as 3800rpm, it's best to use the gears and keep the engine in the mid-range.The interiors are exactly the same as the Sunny’s and the oval and rounded theme is carried over. You get a round cluster of buttons on the central console, round vents and a round steering boss. The boot too is fairly generous and the seats fold down, but there’s no split.Renault Scala is fraught up with features and one gets keyless-go, climate control and electric folding mirrors. The top-of-the-line diesel model is rendered with nice leather seats. The interior quality isn’t brilliant but it’s good enough for the class.
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