MFC buying guide - Renault Lodgy
The fLodgy is one of the most attractive MPVs to have been introduced in India, particularly at a time when SUVs are ruling the roost. MPVs make for rational purchases more than emotional ones and this is the core philosophy that seems to be ingrained in the Lodgy. The Lodgy’s design will not attract you right away but a closer look will ensure that it grows on you. It does turn a few heads in the city with its signature toothy grille and the rather sleek rear design. The Lodgy is based on the Duster’s platform and this gives it mechanical advantages.
It is shorter in length than the Innova but has a longer wheelbase than the same. The front fascia looks neat with a prominent chrome grille and big headlamps. The dual color chin looks smart with its angled edges and this makes the front look distinctive to say the least. The high waistline and huge glass area make it look more like a typical MPV. The rear has angular and optimized tail lamps. The sheer size of the MPV and its crisp design lines make the car less ungainly from a visual perspective in spite of the MPV body style.
The Lodgy makes use of the Duster’s tried and tested 1.5 litre diesel motor and comes in 84 BHP and 108 BHP tune states. The engine has ample grunt and is very practical in Indian driving conditions. The engine is mated to a six speed manual transmission unit. The 84 BHP version has a five speed gearbox to go with it. The drive in the Lodgy feels quite effortless and the car surprisingly does not feel too cumbersome or heavy. High speed stability is reasonably good along with overall balance. There is some body roll around turns but otherwise, it is a good car to drive and ride in.
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The cabin is pleasant and spacious enough. The dashboard is borrowed majorly from the Duster with the same touch screen multimedia system and a reverse camera. Renault offers captain seat options for the second row. The top end model has leather trim for the seats. The second row sits a little higher than the front offering occupants a better view. The last row is wide enough but is not as comfortable as you would think. However, three people can be easily accommodated, namely two adults and a kid. There is a roof air conditioning unit for rear passengers which works pretty well too.
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The Lodgy does prove that Renault is one of the pioneers in the MPV segment. It offers ample comfort and space along with good driving experiences though the body style is not really enticing to look at. The overall design is smart however and the ample space across the third row of seats makes it a very viable option for large families. There are decent features as well and the engine performs quite reasonably too.
The Lodgy is priced reasonably as per its segment though top models may be a little on the steeper side. However, it is still a very good MPV to buy.