Renault Triber has three rows but is under 4 meters long.
Promises flexible seating or cargo space.
It also promises lots of storage space.
We take a closer look inside the Triber.
Renault isn’t a stranger to making three-row cars – it has quite a few in its home market. In fact, it has the Lodgy in the Indian market as well. However, the Triber promises the flexibility of three rows in a sub-4-meter car. How well does it manage it, though?
Offering three rows isn’t of much use if the third row isn’t usable – just ask Renault’s sister company’s sub-brand, Datsun. However, the Triber uses a roof design that mirrors the floors. It rises towards the rear to liberate the headroom for the third row, and the rear is quite upright to accommodate the third row as well.
What is surprising is that three average-sized people can sit in the three rows without having to wish they didn’t have legs at all. This is truly amazing when you consider that the Triber is under four meters long. The hip point could have been a little higher for the third row, but we’re nitpicking.
Proper inertia reel seatbelts for the third row would have been well received. Oh, and getting into and out of the third row will not require you to be as flexible as a gymnast, which is always a good thing.
The Storage Space
The Renault Triber offers a lot of cubby holes and storage spaces for the seven people who will at some point share the cabin together. For one, there are dual gloveboxes, of which the lower one is cooled.
There is another cooled storage space between the front seats that are capable of holding enough drinks for a fully occupied Triber. The boot isn’t very impressed with all three rows up, at 84 liters, but flip the third-row seats forward for more room.
Or else just remove them and leave them at home if you need the maximum load-carrying capacity of the Triber, which is 625 liters’ worth… that’s a figure that the largest sedans, price no object, would be proud of.
Everything is neat and tidy in the Triber, and all the controls fall to hand. There’s no real learning curve like we had with the Duster’s ‘steering mounted’ audio system and Bluetooth controls.
The touchscreen system is large and responsive, and the digital instrument cluster is interesting. It apes the design of analogue needles but has its own design twist. The AC vents are hidden well out of the way – the B pillars hold the second row’s vents, while the third row’s vents are mounted on the roof.
The base RxE variant doesn’t get much other than the front power windows – it doesn’t even get an adjustable steering column. You get that in the RxL, along with an audio system and those AC vents for all three rows.
The RxT variants all get electrically adjustable mirrors, power windows for everyone, and the touchscreen audio system. The top-spec RxZ variants of the Triber get keyless entry and go, a rear wiper and defogger, a reverse camera, and side airbags.