Budget transport for your tribe - the Renault Triber.

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There is a smorgasbord of crossovers and SUVs available. Too many in my opinion. It is a trend that everyone is jumping on, in a big way! For those of you not so keen on the crossover, how about an MPV? They could be making a comeback! Locally, our smaller group of MPVs that are available comprises of the Honda BR-V, Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Avanza. And now, a fourth addition – the Renault Triber. For those of you with a tribe of kids, this car could be for you!

A 5 or 7-seater with pseudo crossover looks – thanks to cladding, roof railing and a class-leading raised ride height of 182mm. The Triber’s fantastic versatility and practicality follows through into the boot, with an impressive class-leading space of 625L (in 5-seater mode). It is hard to believe its price-point – the Triber retails from R172 000 to R197 000. That is a very compelling price, if not a bargain.

So, what is the package like? The Triber has been designed well; it is aesthetic on the eye, albeit not overtly eye-catching. On the inside there are three rows of seats, each able to hold a sizable adult in comfort. The seats have a claimed ability of being mobilize in 100 claimed configurations and there are a variety of internal storage compartments. It is easy to see that the Triber has been designed with practicality in mind. In addition to these layout options, the Triber offers electric windows, two airbags and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the likes of Reverse Camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Keyless entry and dual control air-conditioning for both front and rear passengers also comes standard.

Being a Renault, the Triber is easy to operate. The suspension is supple which creates a comforting ride quality. Steering is light, as is the 5-speed manual gearbox. Braking is prodigious and feature the familiar ABS with EBD braking technology. Unfortunately, there is no stability programme to assist the vehicle should it lose traction while on the move. Being tall with a softer suspension, the Triber can lean into a corner. Enthusiastic driving is not recommended due to these two vices.

Like everything in life, there are pros and cons. The Triber’s positive attributes are plentiful as I have highlighted a few. Now some of the Triber’s fewer charismatic traits: On the surface, its eco-friendly 1.0-l 3-cylinder motor sounds like a little cherry, but with just 52kW power and 96Nm torque, the performance is best described as breathless – especially at Johannesburg’s altitude. Renault claims a fuel consumption of just 5.5l/100km, however, I unfortunately got nowhere close to that figure. In practicality to maintaining momentum, you are required to provoke the rev band which ultimately elevates consumption to around 10l/100km when driven in an urban environment.

Pricing

Renault TRIBER Expression 1.0-litre ENERGY R 171 900

Renault TRIBER Dynamique 1.0-litre ENERGY R 181 900

Renault TRIBER Prestige 1.0-litre ENERGY R 196 900

Service a warranty

The All-New Renault TRIBER is competitively priced from only R164 900, inclusive of a 2-year / 30 000km service plan and 5-year / 150 000km warranty.

www.renault.co.za

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