We recently got a chance to drive the Renault’s Triber in Goa. Right away, the first thing that will amaze you is the fact that the Triber’s length is just 3990 mm, which is less than Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire or Honda Amaze. Yet, it has the space to seat seven passengers! Let’s dive a little deeper into the Renault Triber.
The Triber has an SUV-inspired front end with a chrome-laden front grille and compact yet stylish horizontal daytime running LED lamps. Additionally, the headlights are projector units, which look premium as well.
One of the many unique things about the Triber is the fact that the side resembles a hatchback or sedan more than an MPV. In terms of looks, the Triber does score very well. This is because of clever styling bits like the wheel arch claddings, neatly designed rear lamps, a raised roof (hidden by roof rails) and compact engine bay.
Here’s where the Triber really shines. Although it looks quite compact from the outside. It has loads of space and clever features on the inside. Starting with the EasyFix seats, which have more than 100 different configurations. In fact, third-row seats can be completely removed and packed away. This bumps up the boot space to 625 litres, which is more than any car at this price point.
The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is responsive and easy to read and use. It comes loaded Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and host of other features as well. The LED instrument cluster also looks funky and functional, while most of the buttons on the dashboard feel tactical and well-built.
Passengers in the second row can control the flow of air, from the side AC vents, with the help of a dial. Third-row passengers also get AC vents along with a 12V charging socket. On the safety front, the Triber comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, Speed Alert Warning and seat belt reminder for the front passengers, as standard.
Powertrain, Ride & Handling:
In this particular area, the Triber could do with some improvement. Renault has equipped the Triber with a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine which produces 72 PS of power and 96 Nm of torque. This engine feels adequate for the Triber and gets the job done. However, at higher revs, engine noise does seep into the cabin. The gearbox is also fairly easy to use and slots in relatively well.
On the handling front, the Triber feels predictable and fairly sore-footed even at high speeds. The steering is well-weighted too and feels compact yet chunky to hold. The Triber rides fantastically well at lower speeds and road undulations are hardly felt on the inside. This can be attributed to the ground clearance, which stands at 182mm.
Should I Buy One?
Renault has done a terrific job at extracting maximum space without sacrificing looks or performance (to an extent). With prices starting at 4.95 lakh (ex-showroom), the Triber definitely has the chops to be a game-changer in the Indian market.