The Renault Lodgy is the second most important launch after the Duster SUV as it aims to get a large chunk of the MPV segment. The Renault Lodgy prides on its space and versatility plus packs in incredible value with its aggressive pricing. You can buy the Lodgy in four trim levels namely Base, RxE, RxL, RxZ. As you might guess, the Lodgy competes with the Toyota Innova, Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio. It is much bigger than both the Ertiga and Mobilio with having a more comfortable cabin and it runs the Innova close on many factors like comfort while giving a more aggressive price-tag.
Powertrain and Performance
There are no petrols as Renault have stuck with diesels and engines that we know very well. The Renault Lodgy is available with two power outputs of 109 bhp and 84 bhp with the familiar 1.5 litre dCi (common rail direct injection). The top-spec 109 bhp Lodgy comes with a 6-speed manual while the 84 bhp version has a 5-speed one. The 109 bhp variant offers more than ample performance and lag is well controlled thus the power delivery is smooth. It drives surprisingly well for an MPV with its decent steering and rock solid high-speed stability. In the city it is quite easy to drive and the visibility is quite good. The ride while being a little firm gives it better body control and it does not feel loose. In terms of fuel economy the Lodgy delivers 21.04 kmpl for the 84 bhp version and 19.98 kmpl for the 109 bhp version.
Build and Styling
The Lodgy while having a traditional MPV design still comes across as good looking thanks to its handsome front-end. The large headlamps plus with heavy use of chrome along with roof rails gives the Lodgy a look that will appeal to many. While we like the front the side is a bit boxy and the 15 inch alloys cannot hide the size of the car. The rear though gets unique tail-lamps which looks distinctive. Build quality is quite good. However the insides are where the Lodgy truly shines. Its well made, practical and very spacious. The design of the dash is simple but nicely designed and easy to use. Renault have also upped the ambience with chrome, dual-tone colour and leather seat upholstery. The Lodgy is being billed as an 8-seater with the top-end trim level also having two separate captain seats in second row making it a 7-seater.
All rows of seats offer very good comfort and yes even the third row offers decent space. It has a wheelbase of 2810mm which liberates lots of room. The 60:40 split 2nd row and 50:50 split 3rd row, allow all seats to be folded and tumbled independently. The 3rd row can be twin tumbled folded and secured or extracted as per the requirement. All in all there are 56 seat configurations. Equipment wise the Lodgy has a 7inch Media-Nav touch-screen with features like navigation, USB, aux-in, Bluetooth. The screen also acts as a display for rear-camera. Other features include steering controls, 12v charging sockets on every row, dual ac, cruise control, driver and passenger airbags.
There is no doubt that the Lodgy is an impressive product and coupled with the attractive pricing it seems the Lodgy has every ingredient for it to be a massive success. We like the performance of the 1110PS version along with the space and features which makes it great value in its class. The inventors of the MPV it seems have delivered a great product in the Lodgy.
Author Somnath Chatterjee