2017 Renault Lodgy Stepway review

  • Published On: 21 April 2017
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Renault’s Lodgy Stepway aims to fill the gap between the Ertiga and the Enjoy.

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The Lodgy’s staid and very van-like upright stance isn’t very appealing, especially to private buyers. Renault is looking to change that with the Stepway – it’s a stylish and rugged-looking version of the familiar MPV.

On the outside
The car comes with additional body cladding along its sides, unique front and rear bumpers and new-design 16-inch eight-spoke “Panache” alloys painted in matte grey. The Stepway is also powered by the same 1.5-litre K9k diesel unit with different power outputs and transmission choices. The less powerful 85hp model uses a five-speed gearbox, while the 110hp model is mated to a six-speed unit and is available in higher trims.

On the inside
The cabin seats six adults comfortably. The top-spec trim gets art-leather seat covers with dual-tone shade that matches with the overall look of the cabin. There’s dark brown, beige and piano black finish for the centre console. It also uses the same Renault Media-NAV infotainment system as other Renault Cars.

                        

The MPV does not offer automatic climate control but does come with a separate condenser and blower mounted behind the first row. The driver and passenger are seated comfortably but the seat base is a bit flat. The second row tumbles forward and allows you space to access the third row, which is wide enough for two adults to sit comfortably. The high floor means you sit with your knee up.

From behind the wheel
The top-spec Lodgy Stepway drives the same as the earlier car. This means that the power delivery from the K9k motor is linear. There is a bit of turbo-lag in slow city traffic, which can get cumbersome. The 110hp Lodgy, however, feels the best on the highway. The less powerful 85hp variant is more drivable in city traffic though. The Stepway’s clutch feels lighter, which did help during bumper-to-bumper traffic. The ride quality, a Renault hallmark, is pliant and the suspension absorbs most bumps without too much concern.

Is it worth the money?
The Stepway still looks very much like a Lodgy, and may not still have the appeal of an Ertiga. But its slightly rugged appearance, coupled with the new 16-inch alloys do make it easier on the eye. Its solid mechanicals and a spacious cabin are a big plus over the Maruti MPV. At ₹11.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it’s an MPV you should consider.

Author: Droom

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