Renault Sandero Stepway – Style Scoop – Daily Fashion, Beauty and LifeStyle Blog

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Mar 31, By Luke 2 Comments

I’ll be these days there are few bad cars. Ok! I’ll admit mention Chinese and car manufacturer to a new car and the average reaction is a cringe by the obligatory, “No way!” I’m not saying Chinese cars don’t a place on our roads, not at all, at the least they’re keeping the players honest, but for the most ‘No way’ is the only Chinese

With VW recently claiming winners of the annual Car Of The Year with its impressive new Polo the Polo name which the entry level Polo firmly planted in customers and Ford making inroads its impressive Figo the budget end of the new car is hotting up like a misty in Durban. (For those not enough to live in Durban, if misty in the morning, you know in for a belter)

Mention Renault in conversation to the South African and you’re with similar sentiments to the mentioned above. And for good poor quality products with an even poorer sales service has crippled the local image. But, are turning this around a revised local strategy – among which are stronger – aimed at wooing buyers

The biggest commitment to our local though has to be the introduction of the Renault which is made here in Africa in Rosslyn Pretoria.

I a soft spot for cheap, no motoring and was genuinely excited I was informed I’d be receiving a Renault to evaluate, in top of the range quasi SUV trim no less!

Whilst bog standard versions of the are about as inspiring as plain Pep Stores plimsolls, the Renault Stepway takes a bland family hatchback and turns it a slightly pumped up, blinged up, SUV#8230;hatchback. Pep Stores plimsoll Aldo stiletto? Well, not

Riding on the wave of, frankly SUV trimmings, popularised by the likes of Cross Polo, the Renault Stepway gains a chunky look. Bare black is a central theme, usually upon but in the Stepway’s case looks quite good.

revised front (with fog lights) and rear bumpers and to the flared plastic over present on the wheelarches, contrasted chrome look plastic, set the clearly apart from Sandero models. Roof and chubby 16 inch wheels and complete a handsome if slightly makeover.

Hop inside the Stepway, and sadly start going pear fairly quickly. Apart the terrible smell emanating the cabin which necessitated all the windows every time I got in, and I realise could be unique to particular car, to the very driver’s seat the Stepway’s is underwhelming and standard budget car

Another worry was the Stepway’s locking which had a complete of its own, locking when and it pleased, no matter if the key was in the ignition or not or if the where open or not. A fitted radio/cd player is not standard fare, and the Sony unit was very difficult to

The central dashboard and hang-down is very workmanlike and easy to Trimmed in a very faux-chrome though which worryingly when pushed and prodded, and looks like it won’t very well. Strangely the window buttons are also on the central dashboard. A height driver’s seat was a welcome so too the driver’s and passenger airbags.

The side having a deactivation which as a parent I can always Rear passenger space for the size of the car, and I could sit behind myself, impressive its fairly large boot

Powering the Stepway is a 1.6l which was happy to be thrashed in to make rapid progress I demand. It cruised fairly and was suitably eager to take a gap on the so long as you stirred the manual The gearbox itself was a tad sloppy, huge play on the lever in a gear and the gap between third and being minute as I constantly third when wanting for pull away, frustrating!

I did find the Renault Sandero well up for the job of the urban grind and enjoyed the driving experience. The ride height made hopping a breeze.

I imagine the Sandero Stepway to find amongst the out doorsy small type, and in that regard you go wrong, factor in the bargain (R149 900.00), impressive low costs of ownership and parts this is a Renault I’d happily to the thousands of Vivo and Figo out there.

Sandero Pricing

Sandero R124 900.00

Sandero Cup 900.00

Sandero Stepway 900.00 (Tested)

Prices a 5 Year/150 000 km Warranty and 3 year/100 service plan

Thank you to from Total Product Services and Renault SA for the use of their unit.

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