Renault Lodgy Review & Pictures: Lodgycal Innovation


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Renault Lodgy Review Synopsis:


  • Renault Lodgy price tag is between Rs.8.19 – 11.79 Lakh (Ex.showroom, Delhi). It officially launched in India on 9th April.

  • It's available in total seven variants with combination of 7 and 8 seat models. Note that only Diesel model is offered at present.

  • This diesel engine is the same highly efficient and trusted good ol’ K9K mill borrowed from Duster in both, 85 PS as well as 110 PS forms.

  • This is Renault’s big launch after 3 Years gap. It aims to recreate Duster's success in MPV segment by challenging well-established Toyota Innova.

  • You'll appreciate Lodgy's subtle design, versatility and performance but at the same time letdown by stiff low speed ride and rather bland interiors.
So, is this a lodgy-cal choice for innova-tional Indian customers? Let's find out.
 
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Renault Lodgy: Overview and Design


Presently, if there's a segment that makes for a no less than lucrative deal for volume players in the Indian automotive industry apart from sub-four meter and small cars, it's indubitably MPVs. Credit the substantial number of joint families and a surge in road trippin’ culture, budget MPVs come about as just an ideal investment. Now, Renault isn't a brand that’s normally known to be frequently hooked into the media limelight in India for all-new launches. However, a quick recap of the history tells us that when it does, it takes the segment by storm. Just as it did in July 2012 with debut of the Duster which carved a segment of its own. Since then, there has been no major activity (save for mild updates and facelifts) from its stable. This time around, folks at Renault have to say "nous sommes de retour avec un bang!".

Say bonjour to Renault Lodgy. A full-sized, practical MPV that’s headed straight to lock horns with the decade old and hitherto the undisputable segment champion, Toyota Innova. The Lodgy went on sale back in 2012 in the European continent after making its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s originally retailed through Dacia brand name, subsidiary of Renault, known for making affordable cars. To put it better, Dacia is to Renault what Datsun is to Nissan. Since Lodgy is manufactured on the same platform on which the Duster is based, it only made the idea of introducing this car here more feasible. On the other hand, it’s worth noting that some redesigning bits have been carried out by Renault Global Design Center in Mumbai to suit our local market taste.

First things first. Let these pictures not deceive you. Going by the Indian standards, Renault Lodgy is certainly not one of those compact MUVs. It’s a fairly large and mature people-mover with size easily comparable with that of an Innova. The only instant turn off for potential buyers could be the van-like boxy dimensions, unlike the Innova’s sleek and car-like shape. Believe it or not, this factor alone, whether consciously or unconsciously, affects numerous buyers. Nobody likes to be seen driving around in a mini-bus after all. Though if you can bear the looks, the good part is that this design ends up making the Lodgy one of the most practical vehicles in its segment as far as interior space utilization is concerned. And that’s what MPVs are for anyways.


You read it right. Lodgy’s third row is indeed much more usable than most of its existing competitors. But we’ll get more into that later. This Renault boasts of a considerably longer wheelbase among rivals. i.e. 2810 mm. That’s larger than the Toyota Innova (2750 mm), Mahindra Xylo (2760), Nissan Evalia (2725 mm) but 40 mm shorter than Tata Aria. With a height and length of 1697 mm and 4498 mm respectively, it falls somewhere on the average mark for typical MPVs. Like most European cars, Renault designers have gladly kept unnecessary elements out of the frame. That’s why despite of having a blatantly rectangular structure, Lodgy still appeals to the eyes of onlookers because of an overall understated and pleasant character. Indian version features an attractively redesigned radiator grille with neat chrome streaks while the innocent headlamps incorporate a slot right above indicators what Renault allegedly calls “daytime running lamps”.

These so-called DRLs are no fancy LEDs but merely regular bulbs. Furnished at the bottom half of front bumper are round foglamps with chrome surrounds, situated very close to the lower radiator grille. Additionally, use of a thick black stripe at the extreme lower ends of both, front as well as rear bumpers aids the Lodgy to visually shed some of its mass. Side profile is pretty unfussy with split front and rear shoulder lines that curve down on the fenders. Third quarter portion appears bulky but by no means as odd as of the milk van like Mahindra Xylo or Nissan Evalia (pun-intended). Renault has smartly minimized this aspect through use of a slanting roofline which not only helps look-wise but from an aerodynamic perspective too. Nicely integrated black roof rails further add to the appeal. There’s virtually no use of chrome on this angle of car except for that on fat door rub-guards. Now look closely and you’ll find some of the bits borrowed from Duster.


Take the door handles, side indicators or outside rear view mirrors for example. But unlike Duster, the door handles and outside rear view mirrors are body colored, not silver painted. Given the increasing use of pull-type door handles on new cars, flap-type door handles on Lodgy not only look old fashioned but also feel unconventional to operate. Plus, the keyhole is only on the driver’s side (Duster has it on passenger side too). The standard 15” five spoke alloy wheels design is rather plain-jane. We believe that a set of stunning aftermarket alloys will seriously enhance appeal of Lodgy’s side view. On the back, you'll find a set of uniquely designed taillamps that reflect arrow in motion. The boot door is absolutely flat with no curves and creases whatsoever other than around registration number plate.

The rear windscreen is sufficiently wide and add to that parking sensors + camera, reversing the Lodgy even in congested streets is not a big task. As a case on all the Renault models, the car’s name is embossed right in the middle of chrome stripe above registration plate area. Then there’s another unwanted chrome stripe on the boot lip, labeled as tailgate embellisher. However, something that I wouldn’t want to miss mentioning is remarkable paint quality on Lodgy. It becomes more evident under direct sunlight when finer paint grains reflect and look premium (even on our white color car). That apparently "black" Lodgy in the pictures is not black but in fact a dark shade of purple in which our Nissan Sunny 2014 test car was painted too (Nissan Sunny 2014 Review & Pictures: Sunny Days Ahead).
 
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Renault Lodgy: Interiors, Features and Comfort



First Row

Those who often travel in a Duster will find themselves at home on the inside of Lodgy. Renault has not only used the same average quality plastic material but the design is also unmistakably identical. Thankfully, instead of blending the light beige with jet black, company has used Gris Fume shade that makes the already spacious interiors look even more inviting and roomier. Fortunately, it also means that dashboard reflection on the large windscreen is extremely negligible under sunlight conditions. Dashboard fascia is not particularly futuristic (at least not anywhere close to the sophisticated one on Innova) but that said; it’s still quite functional. On top, there’s a large pentagonal shaped storage compartment with recess deep enough to accommodate your fat wallet and then some. Passenger side receives a horizontal nook to carry small tid-bits on the go while right beneath is a very low positioned glove box which hinders with legs if open.

The glove compartment in itself is small and adding to woes, panel protruding inside it on left affects usability. Unlike Duster, the glovebox is neither illuminated nor does it house a slot for ownership manual. Nevertheless, all in all, passengers will not complaint about the lack of cubbyholes inside this MPV. There are bottle or magazine holders on all four doors apart from dual cupholders for each row. Center console is the only part which is finished in Piano Black. It features circular air-con vents that do a pretty phenomenal job of cooling the cabin instantly and the air-conditioner rotary knobs are, again, borrowed from Duster. Automatic climate control is not an option even on the top-end RXZ variant. Look below air-con controls and you’ll find two buttons. On LHS: Dummy button (for rear defogger on Euro-spec but on Indian version, defogger button is nearby AC button). On RHS is multi-purpose button that’s used for switching between cruise control and speed limiter.

The three-dial instrument cluster is simple yet stylish and above all, easily legible. It beautifully lights up in white with yellow needles. Multi-information display screen gives out a wide range of details including outside temperature, distance to empty, tripmeter, average fuel efficiency, instant mileage, average speed and the list goes on. Interestingly, MID is operated through a button situated on the tip of windscreen wiper stalk. It seems that manufacturers are gradually doing away with the idea of traditional pin as we also recently observed in Hyundai 4S Verna. Tilt adjustable steering wheel is equipped with buttons to set cruise control as well as speed limiter while the set of audio and Bluetooth controls are "behind" the steering wheel so to speak, like an aftermarket fitment.


The head unit supplied with Renault Lodgy, namely, MediaNav is same as on Renault Duster. This 7 inch interactive touch screen device is USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth compatible. In addition to generic FM / AM radio, custom audio tracks and ability to attend phone calls, it functions as a rear parking camera display with active guidelines the moment reverse gear is engaged. Furthermore, simply tap on the navigation icon on main menu to activate global positioning system with option of 2D / Bird’s eye view, alternative routes, points of interest etc. Though based on our personal experience with it during media drive, I’d advise against relying on it solely. As in case of any GPS, use of own common sense is a must. By default, MediaNav speaks distance in yards instead of meters. At one point, it failed to recognize a very prominent POI in Whitefield, Bangalore. Thus, we ended up trusting good ol’ Google Maps. BTW Renault will provide free map updates for 3 Years to customers.

You sit high on the Renault Lodgy. Therefore, view of the road ahead is clear like in any other utility vehicle. The 8-seat version receives fabric upholstery while the 7-seat avatar feels premium with art-leather, semi perforated seat covers. They are very similar to Autoform seat covers in terms of both, design as well as quality. My first reaction upon sitting on the front seat was, well…flat. Yup. Although they’re reasonably wide and offer an adequate under thigh support too but somehow felt stiff. That’s when I truly missed Chevrolet Enjoy’s incredible sofa-like seats. Renault Lodgy’s driver’s seat can be adjusted for height as well as for lumbar support that works like a charm. There’s also a handy armchair-like, foldable armrest which proves to be a boon in city and highway drives alike.
 
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Renault Lodgy: Interiors, Features and Comfort



Second Row

Renault Lodgy comes with option of 7 and 8 seat configurations. Though internationally, it’s available with a choice of 5 and 7 seats only. The eight seat variant features forward facing benches. On the other hand, seven-seat version is equipped with captain seats on middle row. It’s the most feature laden version on Lodgy’s variant lineup due to availability of features like utility trays, Alpaga leather upholstery and much more as an icing on the cake. Ingress and egress on the second row is convenient. Thanks to wide opening doors and tall height of the car, elderly won’t find ingress troublesome. Conversely, egress is slightly awkward but no way a major problem (exactly as in Renault Duster). Because of elevated door sill and foot well ahead of the exit, you’ve to pull back and raise the foot to get outside. But once you’re in, it’s a much agreeable experience. Having said that, Lodgy is an incredibly spacious MPV, regardless of whichever seat you’re on.

Needless to say, XL-sized windows and light colored interiors too greatly contribute to this factor. Second row legroom is decent and so obviously is the headroom. Just that, I’d have preferred a more under thigh support in this part. Second row (in eight seat version) can comfortably accommodate three adults of the average Indian physique. On the flip side, captain seats are similar to those in front except for the fact that they’re not equally well bolstered. Each captain seats gets dedicated armrest. The seats can fold and tumble to allow entry in the third row. Likewise, the bench on eight seater model is flexible enough with 60:40 split and it can fold and tumble as well to maximize luggage room. Yet another welcome facility comes in form of individual AC vents for all 3 rows. There are two compressors with separate controls for each, translating into a more effective cooling. Plus, every row is loaded with 12V sockets so that you can merrily use gadgets on the go.



Third Row

This is the section which most of us have been eagerly waiting to know about since day one. To cut the long story short, Lodgy’s third row seats are very practical and space is unarguably on par with that of Toyota Innova. While the Innova becomes narrower from behind, Lodgy maintains a fairly consistent width which as a result, helps to retain roominess, similar to its first and second rows. Getting into the third row does require you to have elementary acrobatic skills as a pre-requisite. The tumbling second row comes to rescue by increasing the amount of ingress / egress space (unlike in the Innova). But there’s a hitch. Second row seats are placed on a noticeably elevated platform. Thus, you’ve to practically climb up to a large hump. On corners, it’s aligned with doorsills for convenience but stay careful as the carpet is prone to slipperiness. Same goes while exiting third row which demands two small steps down, one at a time.

Those who’ve been criticizing the Lodgy’s boxy facet will now end up thanking for it. Headroom is not at all a concern on last row seats (it’s a problem that I faced in the Innova). Sealed windows are wide, eliminating any sense of claustrophobia. Renault claims that 3rd row can accommodate three persons and yes, it can. We recommend two adults and one kid at most. For tall occupants, low hip point, due to raised floor, won’t make the experience anyway pleasing on long distance journeys. The Lodgy unquestionably excels as far as versatility is concerned. With all rows up, standard luggage space measures to a total of 207 liters (For quick comparison, it’s 300 liters in the Innova and 223 liters in Honda Mobilio). Anyhow, it easily gulps a couple of large suitcases upright. Besides, last row is 50:50 split and can fold, twin tumbled or even completely detached from the car should you have more luggage than the occupants. Both, 2nd and 3rd rows combined, can be configured in upto 56 different ways! Cargo with 3rd row tumbled, 3rd row removed, and 3rd row removed + 2nd row tumbled is 589 liters, 759 liters and an enormous 1861 liters respectively.
 
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Renault Lodgy: Performance, Braking, Ride and Handling


Lift the hood and you'll find the classic K9K motor resting underneath. This 1461 CC diesel engine was developed in early 2000’s and is an outcome of the Renault-Nissan alliance. It’s a straight four cylinder DCi (direct common injection) mill globally available with numerous power configurations. However, Indians are going to receive only two configurations as seen in Duster. i.e. 85 PS and 110 PS. The former deploys fixed geometry turbocharger while the latter has variable geometry turbo. The turbocharger is provided by Borg-Warner and fuel injection system is supplied by Bosch on 85 PS whereas 110 PS receives the ones from Continental. This engine has stood the test of the time by serving in different car models and there’s not an iota of doubt about its general long-term reliability. Renault has decided not to offer Petrol engine option at this point of time which seems quite justified considering Diesel is obvious pick of the lot in this segment.

New generation K9K engine is based on T4 architecture to positively affect emission controls and power delivery. The 85 PS version is mated to 5-speed manual transmission and produces peak power at 3750 RPM. It has maximum torque output of 200 Newton-meter @ 1900 RPM with ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 21.04 Kmpl. On the other hand, the punchy 110 PS motor allows maximum power to be tapped at 4000 RPM whilst 245 Nm torque output is achieved at 1750 RPM. To complement these figures is a 6-speed manual transmission but its ARAI claimed fuel efficiency is marginally compromised at 19.98 Kmpl. Yet, that’s almost 1 Kmpl more than that of Renault Duster on papers. We were provided only 110 PS variant for test. Therefore, following statements are specific to it unless stated otherwise.

Renault Lodgy’s cabin is supremely well-insulated. As a result, you’ll find a very faint hymn of engine clatter as soon as the car is cranked. That, coupled with minor vibrations which tends to naturally settle down in a while (Renault claims that Lodgy has the quietest cabin in segment). On outside though, noise is glaringly evident. Obviously more so with hood open and sometimes to an extent of reminding me of Toyota Innova’s screaming D4D motor. Short and tall drivers alike will find seating position commanding and more often than not, never really realize they are driving an MPV of this size. Clutch is on a relatively heavier side but it isn’t that big of an issue as it was in our initial lot of Duster test car. Press the throttle and Lodgy effortlessly chooses to zoom at its own pace (curse the turbo lag) but once past the 1500 RPM until you've complete control at around 1800 RPM, it invites you to gladly unleash itself on the empty stretch ahead.


Gearshift isn’t particularly praiseworthy. It’s notchiness makes the gearstick to resist from slotting at certain occasions. However, the transmission ratios are well-sorted out. First three ratios are short while from the fourth gear onwards, Lodgy transforms itself into a relaxed cruiser. Just what you’d need in long haul drives. To give you a clue, 110 Kmph occurs at a sedate 2500 RPM on 5th gear. Slot into the 6th gear and this MPV cheerfully does 80 Kmph at 1900 RPM while 110 Kmph is achieved at a measly 2000 RPM. :smile: You now get the idea. Fun part is, monocoque chassis remains rock solid at three digit high speeds, giving abundant confidence to push further and further. 85 PS can go as high as 163 Kmph and the top speed of 110 PS is 170 Kmph. This really ain’t your sprint machine though but Lodgy manages 0 – 100 Kmph in about decent 12 seconds. Nonetheless, never mistake to go beyond legal speed limits on public roads. Remember, at the end of the day, it's an MPV.

The power-to-weight ratio of 79 BHP per metric ton too puts the Lodgy 110 PS at distinct advantage compared to Toyota Innova’s 61 BHP per metric ton. Along with such whole-hearted and rev-friendly performance comes a great responsibility. Renault Lodgy didn’t let us down in handling department from MPV's standpoint. Body roll is controlled and the car nicely maneuvers through highway traffic. Steering is well-weighted too but it definitely could have been more responsive. Contrary to what most people might presume, suspension setup is on stiffer side. Don’t get me wrong. Lodgy efficiently swallows the usual undulations at high speeds but riding over bumps and potholes at low speed with only two occupants was an unexpected experience. Front suspension is composed of McPherson struts with anti-roll bars while the rear setup features torsion beam with anti-roll bars.

Braking is one of the areas of Lodgy which deserves a special mention. The brakes in itself are very effective with a strong bite but it’s their sponginess that can make some drivers nervous at first. Renault says that Lodgy is capable to come to a complete halt from 80 Kmph in distance of 35.26 meters. Supporting them are ABS + EBD with brake assist. Apart from it, Renault has also thrown dual front airbags, auto door locks etc as safety features. But where the Lodgy’s USP lie in terms of features is because of segment first speed limiter as well as cruise control. As the name suggests, speed limiter allows you to set a desired speed limit from 30 Kmph onward to avoid risk of accidental overspeed violations (can also be used by owners to keep the speed in check when being driven by chauffeur). Cruise control, on the other hand, relieves the driver from effort of constantly keeping the accelerator pressed by setting a desired speed on which car cruises automatically.

Speaking on the whole, Renault Lodgy is a remarkably practical product. Granted. It neither has the elegance nor the snob value of Toyota Innova. However, Lodgy’s space, amazing versatility and performance can easily make some of its chief rivals run for a cover. With a spot on price tag and availability of multiple engine options, Renault has cleverly targeted two birds (i.e: compact and premium MPV buyers alike) with a single stone.
 
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Renault Lodgy: Likes, Dislikes and Star Ratings



You'll Love:
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  • Practical and much affordable alternative to the Innova.

  • Extremely spacious on all three rows. Seats are wide too.

  • Amazingly versatile. Rear seats can be configured in 56 ways!

  • Proven 110 PS K9K Diesel engine has plenty of juice for highways.

  • Segment first features like cruise control and speed limiter are appreciated.

You'll Loathe: [thumbsdown]

  • Lacks the snob value of a Toyota or Honda badge.

  • Sales and aftersales network is smaller than of competition.

  • Average interiors plastic quality and dashboard design is fairly basic.

  • Low H-Point on last row bench could be bothersome on long distance journeys.

  • Only the 7-seat version features all frills like leather upholstery, backseat trays etc.

Renault Lodgy Star Ratings:

  • Design and Quality................:

  • Comfort and Features............:

  • Engine and Performance.........:

  • Handling and Ride Quality.......:

  • Safety and Security Levels.....:

  • Overall Fuel Consumption.......:

  • Sales and Service Network.....:

  • Value For Money Factor.........:

  • The Automotive India's Verdict:
Here's how to interpret above ratings: The Automotive India Reviews Star Ratings Explained.
 
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Renault Lodgy: Price and Miscellaneous Points



Renault Lodgy Price (Ex.showroom, Delhi):

85 PS:

  • Base: Rs.8,19,000

  • RxE: Rs.8,99,000

  • RxL: Rs.9,59,000

  • RxZ: Rs.10,80,000
110 PS:
  • RxL: Rs.10,09,000

  • RxZ (8 Seater): Rs.11,49,000

  • RxZ (7 Seater): Rs.11,79,000

Note: Prices in INR lakhs. Only manual transmission, diesel variants compared.

Miscellaneous Points:


  • Renault India commenced operations in 2005 in collaboration with Mahindra.

  • It's first independent launch took place in 2011 with debut of Fluence.

  • The tagline of Renault Lodgy for India is “Take your world with you”.

  • The first ever MPV by Renault, named Espace, was introduced in 1984.

  • Globally, Lodgy is the first Dacia model to be equipped with a speed limiter.

  • Apart from Oragadam (near Chennai), Lodgy is also assembled in Tangier, Morocco and sold under the Dacia brand name.

  • The company claims it has maintained high level of localization in India to keep the price of car and its spare parts in check.

  • Renault Lodgy was first officially unveiled in India at the Start Guild Awards in Jan 2015. Hritik Roshan being its first customer.

  • Out of Renault's 5 satellite global design studios, one of them is based in India in Mumbai where some bits of Lodgy are redesigned.

  • According to news reports, it’s said that the roof-mounted air-conditioner has been specially developed for the Indian spec model.

  • Renault India will offer 47 categories of accessories with 4 accessory packs including chrome pack, essential pack, sport pack and techno pack.

  • The MPV has received only three stars in Euro NCAP's crash test rating (6 airbag version), which is considered to be the lowest result for a car in 2012.

  • In the test, the rear passenger floor panel and tunnel were completely separated and the transmission tunnel was deformed between the front seats.

Service and Warranty:

  • Renault Lodgy comes with a warranty of 2 Years / 50,000 Kms (whichever comes earlier) from the date of invoice.

  • It’ll be available with 2 Years roadside assistance and extended warranty options of 3 Years / 60,000 Kms and 4 Years / 80,000 Kms.

  • In an effort to make the ownership affordable, Renault will offer 1 Year / 10,000 Kms maintenance policy at competitive costs (including on parts and labor).

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Renault Lodgy: Specifications, Comparison and Brochure

Specifications Comparison: Renault Lodgy vs Toyota Innova vs Nissan Evalia vs Honda Mobilio vs Chevrolet Enjoy vs Mahindra Xylo vs Tata Aria


Renault Lodgy Specifications

Diesel (85 PS)

  • Engine: 1461 CC, 4 Cyl, SOHC VGT

  • Power: 85 PS @ 3750 RPM

  • Torque: 200 Nm @ 1900 RPM

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

  • Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed): 21.04 Kmpl
Diesel (110 PS)

  • Engine: 1461 CC, 4 Cyl, SOHC VGT

  • Power: 110 PS @ 4000 RPM

  • Torque: 245 Nm @ 1750 RPM

  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

  • Fuel Efficiency (ARAI Claimed): 19.98 Kmpl
General Specifications:

  • Front Brakes: Disc

  • Rear Brakes: Drum

  • Front Suspension: McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar

  • Rear Suspension: Torsion Beam with Anti-Roll Bar

  • Fuel Tank: 50 Liters

  • Boot Space:

  • 207 Liters with all rows up

  • 589 Liters with 3rd row tumbled

  • 759 Liters with 3rd row removed

  • 1861 Liters with 3rd row removed and 2nd row tumbled
  • Length: 4498 mm

  • Width: 1751 mm

  • Height: 1697 mm

  • Wheelbase: 2810 mm

  • Tyre Size: 185/65 R15

  • Turning Radius: 5.55 m

  • Ground Clearance: 174 mm

  • Kerb Weight:

  • 85 PS: 1299 Kgs - 1338 Kgs

  • 110 PS: 1353 Kgs - 1368 Kgs
Renault Lodgy Exterior Colors

  • Planet Grey

  • Pearl White*

  • Royal Orchid*

  • Indigo Breeze

  • Absolute Steel*

  • Moonlight Silver
Note: Asterisk (*) denotes our preferred choice of colors.
 

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Renault Lodgy: Pictorial Review

Fascia is subtle yet stylish.



Effectiveness of headlamp bulbs in dark is yet to be seen. Innocent headlamp design wouldn’t intimidate on the road.



No fancy LEDs here. These are the daytime running lamps.



Black lower portion of bumpers helps the Lodgy visually shed off some weight. Circular foglamps with chrome surround look chic.



Made-for-India radiator grille is gracefully attractive. Designers have kept all the flamboyance in check.



Ol’ fashioned long antenna finds its way on this MPV.



Nose is apparently shorter than of Innova. Standard alloy wheels design doesn't excite



Wipers flawlessly clean the large windscreen. Notice the exposed hood hinges on extreme corners.



Windscreen washer reservoir neatly placed on cowl under the hood.



Renault Lodgy recommended tyre pressure chart.



Modest side-view not sleek as of the Innova but still far better looking than a few other rivals.



Lower-end of doors occupied by fat rub-guards ornamented with a fine chrome stripe.



ORVMs sourced from Renault Duster. Observe carefully and you’ll find paint granules reflecting under sunlight. Premium.



Uninvited flap-type door handles are a thing of the past.



Clear arrow markings for positioning the jack. Ground clearance would suffice unless you’re planning to tackle large potholes.



Front row ingress and egress is unquestionably easy.



Second row doors open wide enough too. Squarish opening and tall height makes it convenient to get in and out for elderly.



Lodgy is offered only in the Diesel avatar for now.



Hydraulic strut means no manual effort required to lift up the hood.


 
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Arrow-in-motion taillamps very catchy to look. And probably the only attractive factor in the rear.



Sealed 3rd row windows are w-i-d-e.



Refrigerator like boot door is totally flat. Tailgate raises upright to 90 degrees.



Only center panel left unexposed. Those with short height might find it difficult to grab and shut the boot.



Thick roof rails are more or less of a style element than anything else.



Rear windscreen washer nicely integrated into the high-mounted stop lamp.



Reflectors separate from the taillamp assembly. Notice there are no parking sensors on bumper corners.



As with all Renault models, Lodgy name is embossed on the chrome panel. Boot unlocking lid reminds of Maruti Omni.



Renault is now using its name tag on all cars to create brand awareness (it wasn’t present on initial batch of Dusters).



The reverse parking camera is well-concealed where the registration number plate lamps are.



Spare wheel attached under chassis; rubber is wisely isolated from exhaust heat with help of a metal sheet.



Normal key with built-in remote control is same as on the Duster.


 
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Instrument cluster simple and easily readable. Lodgy redlines at 5000 RPM but no redline marking whatsoever on tacho.

You'll see a few icons for features which aren’t there on Indian model. ESP, TPMS, Eco mode to name a few.




L - R: Outside temperature, odometer, tripmeter



L - R: Average fuel consumption, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy



L - R: Distance to empty, trip meter, average speed



L - R: Cruise control, speed limiter (can be set up from 30 Kmph onward)



Speed limiter and cruise control setup buttons mounted on the steering wheel.



Audio and bluetooth telephony controls placed behind the steering wheel, so to speak, like an aftermarket fitment.



Steering wheel is tilt adjustable.



Headlamp and wiper stalks on opposite side by Indian norms.



Tap this button to switch between MID modes.



Only two front airbags. Int'll version gets six. SRP stands for system for restrain and protection.



This compartment can accommodate your fat wallet and then some.



Glovebox placed too low and hinders with legs if open. Small bin on top to store your knick-knacks.



Glovebox storage space is already small and this protruding panel makes it worse. Notice the OBD Port inside.



Center console is the only panel finished in piano black. Seatbelt reminder icon right in middle. Good.



Looks familiar? Should. They’re picked from the same basket en-route which takes Duster’s parts to the assembly line.



Toy-like on off button located at the extreme bottom of center console on dash. Push on left to activate speed limiter and on right to activate cruise control. :biggrin:

 
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Sharing is caring. MediaNav head unit too borrowed from its sister car. Serves as audio player, parking camera, GPS etc.



Sunvisors are large and perform their job well. No vanity mirror on driver's side.



Passenger side gets one though. Second infographic on airbag cautionary sticker funnily depicted.



ORVM adjuster knob situated in the right place. Thankfully, ergonomics are not an issue on the Lodgy unlike in Duster.



Both, headlamp leveler and exposed screws look cheap.



Given all the headrests are down, IRVM provides a clear view.



ORVMs could have been longer.



Ample of lighting provision for each row.



Likewise, lots of cubbyholes too.



Each row also gets a 12V socket. This, ahead of cupholder, is one of them.



Hooks on driver's side footwell to prevent the commonly complained mat sliding issue.



Long latch to unlock the fuel lid. The one to unlock hood is situated at bottom RHS of dash.



Doorpad very similar to Duster in terms of design as well as quality (minus the grab handle).



Driver's side window is auto-down but surprisingly left unmarked.



Front doorpad is supposed to accommodate bottle only horizontally.



However, second row can carry a bottle and magazine / newspaper in each door.


 
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Artificial leather, semi-perforated seat covers available only on seven seat version. Their quality is very similar to that of Autoform.



Driver’s seat exclusively features lumbar support and height adjustment.



Front seatbelts are height adjustable too.



Second row doesn’t just get air conditioner vents but a separate compressor.



Captain seats on the Lodgy don’t slide. The ones in Toyota Innova do.



Second row can comfortably accommodate three. Fiesta-like headrests causes discomfort when down.



Egress is slightly awkward as in case of Renault Duster.



Tada! Transmission tunnel is flat.



Minimum second row legroom with front seat fully pushed backward.



Maximum second row legroom with front seat fully pushed forward.



Front seatback only slightly carved inward. Each gets a pockets of its own.



Seven seat version receives in-flight fashion trays.


 
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3rd row seating is comfortably wide unlike that of the Toyota Innova.



Low hip point is seriously an issue due to elevated last row floor. Legroom strictly average.



12V socket on 3rd row equipped only on left hand side. There’s a provision to add another on RHS too.



This utility panel with multiple cubbyholes can also act as an armrest for last row occupants.



Pull this lever to completely detach third row seats from the car.



Third row too receives individual air-con vents.



A view of the captain seat version.



207 liters of boot space with all rows up can gulp two full-sized suitcases. Low loading lip makes loading / unloading the cargo easy.



Smartly packed tool kit.



Extra pockets on 3rd row seat back for luggage compartment. Just in case.



Sit only if all rows are up. Sticker depicting the seating directions for last row occupants.



This big plastic latch makes flipping the second row seats an easy task.



Second row seats are 60:40 split. Can be folded and tumble as per convenience.



Lots of room to get into the third row with second row flipped and folded.



589 liters of boot space with 3rd row tumbled.



1861 Liters of boot space if 3rd row removed and 2nd row tumbled.



759 Liters of boot space with 3rd row removed.



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