The recently launched Renault Scala is the 5th car to be launched by the French car maker and has become infamous for cross-platform sharing with Nissan Sunny. The original ‘Caaaaaaaar’ has the advantage of being in India for more than a couple of years and has gained a favorable customer following, while the Renault Scala is yet to prove itself. It’s premium price tag (read more than Sunny’s) is also not going to help, or so we think. Scala’s base petrol variant or the RxE starts at 6.99L and the diesel top variant or the RxZ cost 9.57L, ex-showroom. The Sunny on the other hand is cheaper by approximately 50K on all models. With a 1.5L, 4 Cylinder engine, the Scala can generate a max. power of 97BHP@6000 rpm for petrol models, and 1.5L, 4 Cylinder diesel engine can produce max. Power of 84.4BHP@3750rpm.
The Honda City is one of the best petrol sedans in the country. Having proven it’s mettle over the past decade, it has also gone through significant changes, include complete external makeover, better brakes, enhanced safety features, and the trust of Indian customers. However, the biggest drawback of the Honda City is the lack of a diesel model, which in India is the need of the hour. Also, the City loses out to other competitors on price and maintenance.
|Renault Scala Diesel||Honda City|
|Engine Size||4 cylinder, 1461cc, SOHC, 8 valves||1.5L, 4 cylinder,16 valve i-VTEC|
|Price Range||Rs 6.5-9.5lakh||Rs 7lakh- Rs 10.5lakh|
|Power||86 BHP@200 Nm||118Ps of power @ 6600rpm|
|Gear box||Five Speed Manual Transmission||5 speed manual / Automatic|
|Mileage||20+ kmpl||11-16 kmpl|
|Variants||1 Diesel + 1 Petrol||7 (all petrol)|
The Verdict: The new Caaar on the block could be a runaway hit, or it could be a complete nightmare for the sales people. Either ways, only time will tell what the fate of the Renault Scala is going to be. The Honda City has nothing to prove and it will probably be a favorite of those who love the feel of a smooth engine and steady power!