2017 Renault Lodgy Stepway Review
Car Tested: 2017 Renault Lodgy Stepway; Test Location: Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 12.88 – 15.13 lakhs
The Renault Lodgy Stepway is a very spacious MPV that is also capable
Mumbai is a beautiful city and there are so many iconic and heritage sights in this city to watch out for. The city feels young and fast-growing, just like Renault, which has been growing steadily in the market. While the Duster and Kwid have been success stories, there is one car in the line-up which is an underdog despite being a very good package. We spent a Saturday evening watching the sunset from a yacht on the Arabian Sea and then went on to explore some popular locations in Mumbai with the 2017 Renault Lodgy Stepway.
Talking about the car first, the French automaker introduced the Lodgy in India in 2015 and even though it got a lot of praises for what it offers, the MPV couldn’t really set the sales charts on fire. Renault then went on to launch the Lodgy Stepway which is a more premium version of the vehicle and gets better aesthetics.
Most of the changes to the Lodgy Stepway are to the cosmetics only. On the outside, you get some additional chrome bits on the body, along with an RxZ emblem on the A-pillar. You also get a chrome accented grille and 8-spoke alloy wheels. You also get Stepway body stickering on the front doors. Even though the tweaks aren’t really major, the Stepway trim still manages to look better than the regular Lodgy.
The interiors are similar to the regular variants of the Renault Lodgy and you get features like AC vents for all rows, a touch-screen infotainment system with inbuilt navigation (which works really well), reverse parking camera, 12V charging socket in all rows, and remote lock/unlock. The AC does a good job of cooling the rather large cabin while the audio system sounds decent. I felt the cubby holes and storage spaces at the front to be inadequate and struggled to find a place to keep my phone, wallet, etc. within easy reach. The seats are really comfortable even though I found them to be slightly on the stiffer side. The seats get good quality checkered covers. The Lodgy Stepway is offered in 7-seater as well as 8-seater versions. Since the driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable, I found my perfect driving position very quickly.