The crown for exploiting the most benefit out of badge engineering would undisputedly go to two Indian manufacturers – Nissan and Renault. The car from these manufacturers have much more in common than it may appear at a first glance. The manufacturers share engines, interior components and chassis etc.
At present, six such cars (Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano, Renault Pulse and Nissan Micra, Renault Scala and Nissan Sunny) are on offer from these manufacturers and they have been developed by sharing engine technology, chassis and majority of exterior and interior parts.
In this comparison, we compare the specifications of the Nissan Sunny with the Renault Scala and find out the underlying differences.
Renault Scala Vs Nissan Sunny (Design and Exteriors)
The Scala is definitely the better looker in this pair. Despite the platform that the car share with Nissan Sunny, it manages to get away from the plain looks of the Sunny. The car looks more modern and stylish, there are wrapped around headlights at the front and in the middle is a black hexagonal space which breaks the monotony of the horizontal and straight looking bumper. It also houses top and bottom grills of the car that direct the air towards the engine. From the side, the car appears long and has a seemingly high roofline which increases the head space for the passengers. At the back of the car, you see a very large boot that makes use of the big, horizontal chrome strip that appears to be merging in the styling taillight cluster. The car has a long wheelbase of 2600mm which gives the rear passengers tremendous amount of kneeroom and leg space.
The Sunny, standing alongside Scala, looks plain. There are large sweptback headlamps at the front and big bumper. The front trapezoidal grille with chrome surrounds carries the Nissan logo. The design elements combine together to make the car look subtly attractive. Below the headlamps, the bumper houses a pair of fog lamps with loads of chrome surrounding. From the side, the car looks the most bulkiest and the boot as the most bulbously section. The high roofline of the car only enhances the bulkiness. The side profile of both of these cars is least interesting to look at. The rear of the car uses the same housing and shape for mounting the taillight cluster as seen in the Scala. However, the arrangement of lights within the cluster is different that lends the car its distinctive style. There is a small chrome strip above the big bumper which helps the car to breakaway from its otherwise bulky looking boot.
Renault Scala Vs Nissan Sunny (Interiors and Features)
The Renault Scala has very plush interiors, the quality of upholstery and switches is top notch. The beige interiors give a roomy feeling to the passengers. However, the colour may not be to everyone’s taste and we too think that all black interiors look better. Some of the comfort features that you get in the car include air conditioning, rear AC vents, power windows, rear seat centre armrest with cup holders (2), steering mounted audio controls, outside temperature display, digital clock, engine Start/stop push button, multi-functional smart key, electrically adjustable ORVM, tilt adjustable electric power steering, vanity mirror with lid, door ajar warning etc. The car can carry five adults in comfort, without any issue. There are arm rests for the rear passengers too which has place for cup holders. Apart from these, there are several storage places to keep phone and other things. Scala also has a large boot capacity at 490 litres which is enough for carrying large bags and luggage.
The dashboard, switches and everything that you see in the Nissan Sunny are identical to the Renault Scala. The gray interior provide a roomy feel and there are chrome accents to provide premium feel. There’s 3-spoke leather strapped steering wheel on the top variants of the car which gets control for music. The centre console is being done in Piano Black finish with and has silver inserts. There are cup-holders, bottle holders and pockets and places to keep kick and knacks. The top variant also gets leather seats and leather covered gear knob. The car is loaded with lots comfort and convenience features - automatic climate control, rear AC vents, rear centre arm-rest with cup-holders, 2 DIN audio system with AM/FM radio and CD player. There is a provision of bluetooth, hands-free calling and audio streaming too.
Renault Scala Vs Nissan Sunny (Engine and Transmission)
Renault Scala and Nissan Sunny offer two engine options - 1.5 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel engine. The petrol engine produces a maximum power output of 99.6bhp whereas the diesel produces 84.8bhp. The diesel engine is capable of producing a maximum torque of 200Nm at 2000rpm whereas the petrol engine produces the peak torque of 134Nm at 4000rpm.
The diesel engine comes with a 5-speed manual gear transmission and the petrol engines are available with manual as well as CVT automatic transmission on both these cars.
Renault Scala Vs Nissan Sunny (Safety features and Mileage)
The Renault Scala comes equipped with disk brakes at the front and drum brakes at rear. To further compliment the brakes, you also get features like Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and emergency Brake Assist (BA). There are dual front airbags, speed sensing auto door locks, rear window defroster, anti pinch driver’s power window, engine immobiliser, central locking etc. that take care of safety.
The Nissan Sunny too uses the same setup for brakes – disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. In addition there are safety features like EBD, ABS, BA and airbags, engine immobilizer, central locking, key remove warning light, seat belt warning etc. You also get park assist feature with a rear view camera that help you park the car. The park assist feature is missing in the Renault Scala.
Due to the similar engines and the platform that these cars share, the mileage and performance that these cars offer is similar. The Scala petrol with automatic gearbox would deliver 17.97kmpl on highways and 13.5kmpl in city conditions. The manual version of Scala petrol delivers 16.95kmpl on highways and 13.5kmpl in the city. The diesel Scala delivers 21.64kmpl on highways and 18.5kmpl in the city.
Nissan Sunny petrol with automatic gearbox manages to deliver 17.97kmpl on highways and 13.45kmpl in the city conditions whereas the manual version delivers 16.95kmpl on highways and 13.45kmpl in city conditions. The diesel variant of the car promises to deliver 22.71kmpl on highways and 18.0kmpl in city conditions.
It's hard to pick a winner when you are comparing two cars that are essentially the same underneath. The set of features that you get in both the cars is more or less the same and the Sunny are only marginally better. However, we prefer the looks of the Scala and consider it as the winner in this comparison.