Difference between the Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala

Renault has launched their Scala sedan at a starting price of  Rs.6.99 lakh. The Scala is Renault’s version of the Nissan Sunny, with a few cosmetic changes. Here we take a look at the key factors that differentiate these two, otherwise similar sedans.

Difference between the Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala
Photo: The Scala looks much more attractive than the Sunny from the front


The most obvious difference between the Sunny and the Scala is in the looks department. The Scala although essentially the same shape as the Sunny, manages to look much more attractive and aggressive. It has a very different looking front with its redesigned front bumper, a bumper integrated hexagonal grille, refreshed headlamps that sport a chrome band and have a smoked finish. It also gets different looking fog lamp housing. Also read: Renault Scala road test and review: Budget limousine


Difference between the Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala
Photo: The rear of the Scala looks much more classy thanks to its chrome strip and taillamps

A unique five spoke alloy wheel design, a chrome strip running across the window line also add to the Scala’s attractive design. At the rear too there are some design changes which have allowed to Renault to give the Scala a more classy appearance. The boot lid looks more befitting with a wide chrome strip running its width, the number plate indentation is wider than the Sunny and the rear bumper also sports a matt-black protector on the lower portion.

Renault has managed to give the tail-lamps of the Scala a different look without any major changes. It sports a clear-lens indicator lamp and reverse lamp which form a C-shape. This manages to blend with the chrome strip on the boot which  has the Scala brand name embossed on it. More specific differences can be found only when we compare the variants of both the Sunny and the Scala. The differences are basically in terms of features and interior changes. The Scala RXE and Sunny XE variant however have the same kit.


The Renault Scala is priced at Rs.6.99 lakh for the base petrol RXE variant and Rs.7.85 lakh for the petrol RXL. The Sunny XE Petrol is priced at Rs. 5,93 lakh, the XL Petrol is priced at Rs. 7.05 lakh and the XV Petrol is priced at Rs.7.86 lakh. So there is a difference of almost Rs.1 lakh between the base variants of the Sunny and the Scala petrol!

The Renault Scala RXL diesel is priced at Rs. 8.69 lakh and the RXZ diesel is priced at Rs. 9.57 lakh. While the Nissan Sunny has a price tag of Rs.8.11 lakh for the XL diesel and Rs. 8.93 lakh for the XV variant. The Scala is dearer by Rs. 58,000 when you compare the RXL and the XL variants. Similarly the Scala RXZ is Rs.64,000 dearer to the Sunny XV variant.

Nissan Sunny XV versus Renault Scala RXZ

The top of the line Scala RXZ variant gets leather upholstery and a leather wrapped steering wheel, which the Sunny XV does not come equipped with. The RXz also gets follow-me home headlamps, which again are not found on the Sunny XV. Automatic climate control, power fold mirrors, push-button start, keyless entry, height adjustable seat are common to both. Also read: Renault Scala all set for launch

Nissan Sunny XL versus Renault Scala RXL

There aren’t any major differences on the inside, but the Scala RXL variant gets the fine vision meter cluster with MID, found only on the Sunny XV, and also gets alloy wheels which the Sunny XL variant does not have. The RXL also sports height adjustable driver’s seat. Integrated audio system, climate control, steering audio controls are standard.

Which of the two cars do you prefer – the Nissan Sunny or the Renault Scala? Tell us.

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