Let’s split this into three.
A. Overall appearance
A. Funky on the outside, funky on the inside, that’s the way the Renault Triber rolls. It’s a beige and black affair all around with seats even getting this colour combination via an arty stitch pattern design that gives off the impression of a post-modern compact sofa set. The same theme has been carried over to rows two and three although they get very minimal side bolstering and all three rows fall short in terms of under-thigh support.
In terms of touch and feel, the plastics are a mixed bag with the dashboard and doors getting hard and grainy textures while the regular control surfaces like the window switches and armrest get premium materials.
B. This is one department that Renault has put its money into while developing the car. You get what Renault has termed modes for the seats which are four different combinations that you can fold the seats into to use the Triber across various scenarios. This ranges from the seven-seat tribe mode to the two-seat surf mode that’s capable of holding a surfboard.
Besides, you get dual glove boxes, door pockets capable of holding dual 500ml bottles. The all-important third row is quite a squeeze and is best suited for a scenario where you need to take two additional people along without the need for a second vehicle. The seats can be removed entirely, expanding the boot to a massive 625-litres.
In this top-of-the-line RXZ variant that we examined, you also get a large cooled glove box built into the centre console. Here the speed control for the rear AC vents also does the same duty for the cooled glove box.
C. The Triber’s feature list is what I would like to term acceptable i.e it has whatever is needed to keep it relevant in the segment. This list includes dual front airbags, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play/ Android Auto through an 8.0-inch display, button start with keyless entry, vents for the second and third-row and a cooled glove box. The touchscreen interface is the same as the one found in the other Renault models but now with a bigger display and even an eco-mode that judges your driving style and gives you a score (in leaves) accordingly.