Renault Sandero 1.4

22 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Renault Sandero 1.4

Renault Sandero


The cheeky

Like many South I don’t always agree new car pricing strategies and as a result, all I’ve ever bought pre-owned. Thus it’s a change to test one of S.A.’s (and locally built) in the Dacia-flavoured shape of Renault’s

Our local line-up of 1.6 8V Dynamique and 1.6 8V (read our report here ) recently been joined by the 1.4 8V model, slotting in behind the reasonable asking price of and the Dynamique’s affordable R124,900 – 1.4 model costs just

Its round shape and cheapy might not be overly appealing, but at a phone’s price over grand most people agree that it’s a lot of for your money. Renault tempts new buyers with the of its 5-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and service plan.

Standard kit includes feather-light steering, a good air-conditioner, central locking, a single-DIN with 4 tinny speakers, mirrors, windy windows, two four hubcaps and ABS brakes EBD who, despite utilising at the back and 185mm rubber, are vicious.

Funky cloth all seats, white instruments an orange LCD multi-display are easy to and give the car a cheeky demeanour. materials aren’t very though, fit ‘n finish is below par and the doesn’t particularly smell

The exposed wipers have a look to them but work – front and back – and for such a car, the Sandero has impressive and dipped lights. The indicator weird and only uses one instrument lamp, kinda a Citi Golf, and that me a prolonged warm buzz.

passengers have good but the seats could do with adjustments; a tall driver struggle to see the top of the instruments. Rear is more than acceptable, as is the boot with a full wheel hidden beneath the The entire rear backrest to increase capacity to 1,200L.

The cut-price Sandero doesn’t front fog lights and isn’t colour-coded, but it makes up for this sensible old-school technology and

A five-speed manual gearbox long lever travel up with a light and forgiving plus a slightly sticky

These control the efforts of a 8-valve fuel-injected in-line cylinder petrol engine 55kW (75hp) or 112Nm, 7L/100km and 164g CO2/km In theory, this gives you a range from the 50L tank and hp/tonne from the Sandero’s kerb weight.

Despite the puny numbers, let me you that this little is much livelier than its suggest. The 1.4 Sandero zips town with verve and even with passengers, but speeds and undulating countryside be its undoing.

The 1.4 motor is much at high revs than its 1.6 which is a good thing, you’ll have to thrash it to maintain 120km/h or more. takes 13 seconds (we shaved 0.2 off and top speed is an alleged 165km/h.

1.4 is happiest as a daily commuter town and, as mentioned, to throttle input with as well as a pleasing 8V growl and gas noises from the exhaust Its 4,020mm length is easy to and a 10.5m turning radius with parking. Pity the wheel isn’t adjustable.

Being slightly French, the has an incredibly comfortable ride. surface changes and speed can get bouncy, but this bargain car dance over uneven in a serene manner thanks to profile tyres, McPherson and wishbones at the front, plus springs and a torsion beam at the

Chuck it into a few fast and you’ll be taken back a few as well. The tall tyres grip long before the does and you’ll have hands full to purposefully the ESP. What this in everyday conditions, is that the 1.4 is too slow and predictable to get dangerous.

I’m not sure if I’d buy one but, given that the car and dealer will me well come service I would definitely consider it. The 1.4 Ambiance represents incredible for your buck, leaves out opulent items and ticks the box of affordable car. Just add an air

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