The Renault India family is not that vast, consisting of only four vehicles. Of these, the newly-introduced Kiger has been taking all the spotlight and for obvious reasons. It is currently the most popular and top-selling model that the French automaker has in its brief arsenal. However, that is not to say that the rest of Renault’s models are complete duds because they are not. Take the Triber compact MPV, for example. Since its debut in our market in late 2019, Renault has sold over 75,000 units of the Triber. For a run-of-the-mill compact MPV in an SUV-crazed market like India, those numbers are quite impressive.
While the demand for small crossovers and/or SUVs is even higher, there clearly exists a slice of the market where cars like the Renault Triber are appreciated. Based on the same CMF-A platform as the Kiger and Kwid, the Triber is the only Renault in India with three rows of seats. The Renault Triber is available in four trim levels (and up to nine different variants), with prices ranging between Rs 5.30 Lakh and Rs 7.82 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The only other viable rival in the same space as the Triber is the Datsun GO+. However, those looking at cars like the Ford Figo and Maruti Suzuki Swift may also check out the Renault Triber.
Renault offers the Triber in several exterior colors, including five dual-tone options as well. For a compact (sub-4-meter) MPV, the Triber doesn’t look (and isn’t) as petite as some others in the same category. For instance, the Datsun GO+ has an overall width of 1,636mm and a wheelbase of 2,450mm. Meanwhile, the Renault Triber boasts a body width of 1,739mm and a wheelbase of 2,636mm – both of which are significantly better than the Datsun’s. On the same note, the Triber stands taller than the GO+ by a full 136mm. Piece all this together and you get why Renault’s compact MPV looks larger compared to its closest rival.
Some of the design traits of the Triber include its chrome-clad front grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, black body cladding, big roof rails, and ‘eagle beak’ tail lamps. Opening up the tailgate will reveal 625 liters of cargo space if you fold down the rear-most seats. For an affordable and compact MPV, the Renault Triber doesn’t look half as bad as some might imagine it to be. With a starting price of just Rs 5.30 Lakh, of course, the interior of the Triber consists of many hard and plasticky bits. But then again, that is to be expected in this segment and price point. On the features front, the Triber gets keyless entry with push-button start, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, power windows, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, and up to 4 airbags.
Power comes from a dinky 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that makes all of 71hp and 96Nm of torque. Buyers get to choose between two gearboxes – a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. Either way, the Renault Triber will not be setting any land-speed or lap time records. But that is fine as the Triber’s main job is to ferry its occupants with an acceptable level of comfort. And for the most part, this MPV does a pretty good job at that. The suspension might not be the most advanced out there but it absorbs much of the horribleness that our brilliant roads have to offer. If only Renault had a turbo-petrol version of the Triber, it would have been an even better deal.