Renault Lodgy Review & First Drive

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Renault Lodgy Overview

The slab-sided Lodgy is no looker and is an MPV that puts practicality above aesthetics. Its low floor allows easy access into the cabin while all-round visibility is good. The cabin is neatly done but isn’t what you would call rich. Space and comfort in the first two rows are fine, though the option to slide the middle seats is missed. Even so, the third row is adequate for two adults. It’s just that the last row’s knees-up seating position is awkward. The Renault gives the option to split and fold, or even entirely remove the third-row seats to make serious room for luggage.

The base Lodgy’s 85hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor is surprisingly adept and incredibly efficient. The 110hp version, on the other hand, doesn’t feel completely alert at low speeds but offers plenty of go for highway driving. A heavy clutch is sadly part of the package and the Lodgy’s steering isn’t the lightest, either. What the Lodgy does do rather well is smoothen bad roads. High-speed manners are also very good, making the Renault MPV a capable long-distance machine.

Renault Lodgy Design & Look

The newly launched Renault Lodgy has a boxy body structure that makes it look massive and is endowed with some stunning styling features which make it unique. It comes with a distinctly designed massive front grille with a huge dollop of chrome garnish for an aggressive front face. The huge grille is flanked by comparatively small but stylish headlight clusters that add to the vehicle’s toughness.

It gets dual tone bumpers, round shaped fog lamps with chrome surrounds, a petite bonnet, boxy but stylish side profile with character, ski racks, body colored ORVMs and door handles, and attractive alloy wheels while the lower variants get steel wheels. The vehicle’s rear gets eye-catching and unique arrow shaped tail lights, a humongous tailgate which is made attractive despite its size with a chrome décor and embossed ‘Lodgy’ logo.

Renault Lodgy Cabin & Comfort

The Renault Lodgy offers a very roomy and comfortable cabin. The MPV is offered in two seating configurations of 7 and 8-seater models to choose from. The second and third rows offer ample space and head and legroom. It gets height adjustable driver’s seat, while the 7-seater offers captain seats in its second row along with armrests. However, the 7-seater configuration is available only in the RxZ model trim. To knom more information on  Renault Lodgy check Oksociety

The top end model of this MPV offers two-tone premium fabric upholstery along with leather inserts and metallic accents for a very classy appeal. It features 3 spoke steering wheel with metal accents and many utility features including cup and bottle holders, sun visors, storage unit, floor carpeting, power sockets, etc.

Renault Lodgy Engine & Performance

The Lodgy will come with a 1.5-litre engine that also powers the Duster and will similarly be available in two states of tune – 83bhp and 108bhp. We drove the 108bhp variant and found that there is some turbo lag initially, below 2000 rpm, after which the car pulls away in a linear fashion. This means that in city driving, it doesn’t help too much and one needs to wait for the revs to build up, for accelerating quick.

However, on the open road, it drives very well. The cruising ability of the Lodgy is very good. Even at speeds of 130km/hr, there is enough reserve power to accelerate and negotiate overtaking manoeuvres. The sixth gear is best suited for cruising at speeds in excess of 120km/hr. If you need the Lodgy primarily for city driving, we will recommend the 83bhp, five-speed one as the perfect option. The five-speed manual is more easier to drive because there is always good enough torque to pull to the MPV, irrespective of the gear you are in.

While the cruising ability is great, the Lodgy, though pretty stable, did display some body roll. While this may not be worrying at mediocre speeds, it showed discomfort changing directions at high speeds. Also, though the brakes have good stopping power, the engagement process felt somewhat grabby. While depressing the brake pedal, there’s a sudden bite that comes in unexpectedly. This takes time to get used to. The steering is well balanced but felt a tad lighter than it should, at high speeds. The cabin is very silent even at high speeds and Renault have done a fine job managing the NVH levels.

Renault Lodgy Driving Dynamics

The Lodgy (top end variant – RxZ) is equipped with cruise control and an electronic speed limiter. The cruise control helps driving on long open roads and allows your feet to rest. With our highways getting bigger, wider and better, this is definitely a usable feature. The AC is pretty powerful and with vents in every row, it can be a boon during hot summers. Check car loan for Renault Lodgy.

Renault Lodgy Braking & Safety

On the safety front, the Lodgy Stepway comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and cruise control with speed limiter. An area where Renault lacks behind is the dealership network. The automaker has few showrooms and service centres in even major cities and that is a major negative. However, looking at the insane success which the Kwid has earned, Renault is definitely expanding its reach across the country.

Renault Lodgy Cost in Ahmedabad

Renault Lodgy On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 9,77,074 to 12,79,946 for variants Lodgy 85 PS STD 8 Seater and Lodgy Stepway RXZ 85PS 8 seater respectively. Renault Lodgy is available in 6 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Renault Lodgy variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Lodgy price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Renault Lodgy Round Up

To sum up, the Lodgy has many a positives going for it. It looks good for an MPV, has enough space that is desired by MPV buyers, is feature laden, offers a great ride, comfort and has a strong build. It is a sensible upgrade for people who want more space than their premium hatchbacks / mid-size sedans, without compromising on performance, comfort and features. It also comes across as a good car for inter-city travel or long weekend drives for families. If you are looking for a family commuter, the Lodgy will prove to be a very good one.

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