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New Sandero: Too tuned to price

Sandero caused quite a for the French automaker when it was in South Africa in 2009. locally built hatch has gaining popularity but of late has had to some pretty stiff competition.

Think Ford Chevrolet Spark, VW Polo automakers seem bent on their share of the entry segment with 24 model introduced through the previous 18 in this hotly contested price is vital and it’s policy that Renault has to heart with its updated

Calling it a new model is a bit of a stretch, it’s a current model a whole bunch of features It’s a numbers game; features and extras without on quality. All in favour of reducing the of the cars.

Renault’s latest Sandero is offered in two models with specification levels – 1.4l Ambiance and higher-specced 1.6

From a design perspective, hardly the most striking of boxy and flat-panelled with headlights managing to offset its retro styling. I’d like to practicality, price and reliability be higher priorities for first-time rather than styling, it wouldn’t hurt Renault to add sporty appeal.


The 1.4 Ambiance costs 900 and comes with a 55kW/112Nm The 1.6 Dynamique has a bigger-bored version of the engine and makes 64kW and The 1.4 claims seven litres/100km, the 1.6 up at 7.2 with a CO2 emissions rating of 164 and respectively.

Driving the Sandero is as as an entry level car could be; not basic is bad, especially if biggest priority is owning a that won’t bankrupt As an everyday urban runabout the is pleasant enough; its clutch and pedal action is quite – almost stall-proof for drivers.

Despite its entry-level status, the handles irregular roads quite well courtesy of its ground clearance and it really when you talk storage Open the boot and you’ll 320-litres of luggage space at you, way more than Polo Vivo (270

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: For R1900 you can add a radio/CD unit to the base Sandero

The main difference the two models is price and equipment. to the Dynamique, the Ambiance loses the radio/CD, power-operated windows and a plan (it’s an option). The also has cosmetic enhancements as body-colour external mirrors and door releases but, on you’ll only save R5

Personally, I’d rather have a factory-fitted (R1900) and the optional plan (R3800) which still see the Sandero Ambiance stay close to R100

Renault seems to have its flashier interior detailing for the Stepway softroader launched in 2011; Sandero hatch nothing in terms of interior if compared to its sporty(ish) sibling.


The Sandero has to square up Ford’s Figo, VW’s and (coming soon) Kia’s Since January 2011 has managed to sell 348 Sanderos; hugely popular Vivo has 1490. What the base has going for it, however, is the inclusion of brakes and a five-year or 150 000km

No auto or diesel variants are though an RS could be in the works for According to Renault it will be a one-off project to generate in the Sandero range.

So, if you’re on a budget and need a vehicle practical, spacious and easy to then the Sandero is worth a drive. The boot space, ABS and five-year warranty on the Ambiance it a worthwhile competitor among A/B rivals.


Renault Sandero 1.4 – R104 900

Renault 1.6 Dynamique – R124 900

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