MFC buying guide – Renault Scala
The Scala has attractive alloy wheels and a huge grille which looks quite aggressive. The headlamps look really enticing and the rear bumper has a blacked out section which imitates a diffuser. This helps reduce the visual bulk of the car. The Scala is a little different in terms of overall proportions as far as design similarities with the Sunny are concerned. The Scala looks more balanced and proportionate while the exterior design turns heads on the road.
The competent Renault Scala
The interiors of the car are almost similar to the Sunny. The oval and rounded theme is carried forward with a round button cluster for the central console, round vents and round steering. The boot offers considerable space while the seats can be easily folded down. There is a split mechanism and the top end RxZ model has several features including climate control, leather seats, keyless-go, electric folding mirrors, etc.
The Scala has 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre dCi diesel engine options. The diesel engine makes 84.8 BHP and 20.4 kgm. The half throttle responses are good enough while the engine feels responsive. The Scala is pretty lackluster while going uphill with a full load. The car feels good to drive in the mid-range. It may feel short on power on open highways and this may often be noticeable. The petrol engine also feels pretty nice to drive when it comes to the city.
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Constant gear shifting is also necessary on highways to keep power delivery smooth. The Scala impresses with its top notch ride and handling. The sedan can easily absorb poor Indian roads along with rough undulations on account of the pliant suspension system along with good tyres. The sound insulation is not as good as you would want though the suspension is silent most of the time. The suspension is on the softer side and there is some body roll. However, handling is decent courtesy decent feedback and light steering.
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The Scala’s middle and base variants have petrol engines while the diesel option is offered from top end variants onwards. The Scala makes for a quality package with good features and quality interiors. Ride quality and handling are pretty good while the design is also nice. The engines may be short on power which is a bit of a dampener for those who frequently ride on the highways. Overall, it does make for a value proposition at its price point if you want something different from the herd. This is why the Scala should definitely be given a closer look.
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