Renault has launched the Triber in India with prices starting from Rs 4.95 lakh and going up to Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Triber is an unconventional seven-seat car. It is available in four variants -- RXE, RXL, RXT and RXZ, and the provision to seat seven people is there in all the variants. Before finding out which variant of the Triber makes the most sense for buyers, let’s dig a little in its specifications.
The Triber is a sub-4m seven-seat car. Having seven seats inside the cabin has been made possible owing to the long wheelbase, which is the distance between the front and rear wheels. The Triber’s 2636mm wheelbase is longer than any other sub-4m car. In fact, it is even longer than that of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross!
The Triber is quite wide too, with the overall width measuring at 1739mm, making it wider than even the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga! The utilisation of cabin space is done so well that Renault has managed to carve a 625-litre boot space with five seats up. There’s no other sub-4m five-seater car in India that manages such a cavernous boot with all its seats up.
Exterior colour options
The Triber is available in five exterior colour options: mustard, blue, red, silver and white.
The Triber is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is currently available with a manual transmission only. Renault has plans to offer an AMT on the Triber, but that is likely to happen in a few months.
For a seven-seat car, a 1.0-litre, 72PS engine seems underpowered on paper considering that even the WagonR gets a 1.2-litre, 83PS petrol engine. As far as its fuel efficiency is concerned, the Triber’s powertrain is rated to deliver 20kmpl.
The Triber’s RXE variant gets only the basic set of safety features that are now mandatory. While it does feature body-coloured bumpers, but black-coloured door handles and ORVMs would make it look stripped. Availability of second row seats with slide/recline/fold & tumble function and EasyFix third row seats and 60:40 split rear seat means those planning to buy a small affordable car (without any creature comforts) that can carry a lot of luggage (thanks to flexible seating that allows the Triber to be turned into a 2-, 4-, 5-, 6- or even a 7-seat car) can go for the base variant. For everyone else, we suggest an increase in budget in favour of a higher, more-equipped variant.
Renault Triber RXL - The variant to buy on a budget, or for those who want a spacious chauffeur-driven compact car
The features that Renault offers on the Triber RXL over the RXE variant justify the around Rs 50,000 price increase. Features like body-coloured door handles and ORVMs and full-wheel covers would mean that the Triber RXL would not look stripped on the outside. Inclusion of features like central locking and audio system make sure the basics are covered.
Consider buying this variant if all you want is a spacious car for occasional driving. In such a scenario, features like day/night IRVM, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, touchscreen infotainment system and other features that are available on the RXT variant won’t be missed much by buyers.
Buyers who want a compact car that will mostly be driven by a driver can also consider the RXL variant, since it includes rear AC vents. However, in this case, features like rear power windows and rear speakers will have to be fitted post car purchase to get the rear seat-basics sorted for the owner.
Renault Triber RXT - Variant to buy for those who use the car moderately
Additional features that you get in the RXT variant (over RXL), like a touchscreen infotainment system, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, cooled glovebox, day/night IRVM and rear power socket make the Triber a more modern-day car.
Buying the RXT variant will make the most sense for those who use their car moderately. Such people won’t miss the extra features that Renault offers in the top RXZ variant, like extra airbags, rear wiper and washer, and defogger. Features like keyless entry and rear parking camera, that are offered on the top variant, can be fitted post purchase on the RXT variant as well. As a result, upgrading from RXT variant to RXZ won’t make much sense to those who don’t use the car regularly.
Renault Triber RXZ - Worth the upgrade over RXT
Upgrading to the RXZ variant of the Triber from RXT might look somewhat expensive, but it will make sense for those who use the car as an everyday commuter. They will get the extra safety of airbags; defogger and rear wiper and washer would further make driving in winters and rains easy. Buyers will also appreciate the added convenience from features like rear parking camera, push-button start/stop, auto up/down of driver-side power window and smart access card. On the outside, flex wheels that mimic alloy wheels (but are actually wheel covers) and DRLs will make the Triber RXZ look modern.
That said, there are a few features that buyers would miss even after buying the Triber’s top variant, like alloy wheels, height-adjustable driver’s seat, electrically-foldable ORVMs and steering-mounted controls. These, and more features that are on offer on the top variants of most mid-size hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. So, while RXZ variant is worth the upgrade, you might still be left wanting as far as features are concerned.