Slide into the Lodgy’s front seat and you are welcomed by a cabin that remains unchanged. The light colours, low dash and large glass-house help make the interiors feel very airy. The dashboard design is quite straightforward, but thankfully the gloss-black centre console and silver inserts help liven up the ambience. Like before cabin quality and finish is not the strongest suite of the Lodgy Stepway. Although acceptable, bits like the air-con controls feel low-rent, there are quite a few sharp edges around the cabin too and you don’t get soft touch plastics anywhere in the cabin. Being a practical MPV, there are loads of cubbyholes and bottle holders in the cabin. You also get 12V charging sockets for all three rows, which should keep the smartphone addicted generation happy.
The squared out exterior design has definitely helped interior packaging as the Lodgy Stepway feels airy and spacious. Front-seat occupants have plenty of room, thanks to the humongous glass-house. Visibility out is great and the seats offer decent comfort too. Even the middle row is quite spacious with abundance of knee room and headroom on offer. But the fact that the middle row doesn’t slide forward to generate more room for the last row marks it down as far as flexibility is concerned. Our test car had the optional captain seats for the middle-row which are placed quite low, resulting in limited thigh support. Despite the fixed middle-row, the last row offers sufficient head and knee room, but the rear wheel wells eat into the last row width. Like in most MPVs, the high floor results in a knees-up seating position too. With all three rows up there isn’t much room for your luggage. But once the third row is folded, the luggage area is quite big. Renault has cleverly made a provision such that the Logdy’s third row can be entirely removed and when you fold the second row as well, you get a massive 1,861 litres of luggage space.
In terms of kit, the top-of- the-line Lodgy is quite well equipped. The infotainment system comes with a touchscreen interface, sat nav and can play music through USB, aux-in or Bluetooth. Surprisingly, there is no CD player. It also gets air-con vents and 12V charging sockets for each of the three rows.