What I like about the Sandero, is that it adds a bit of French flair to the mix – it’s a nice looking thing, proving that cheap can be cheerful too.
On a trip to Durban a few months back, , my travel companions and I made our way around in a hired Renault Sandero. Donning a shiny silver coat of paint, it looked pretty. And upon returning to the airport for the voyage back home, we were sad to leave the cute Sandero behind – even though we’ve got a piece of our own Renault magic in the form of a 1.4 Modus.
I did have some criticisms, however – although it was nothing bad enough to spoil the holiday joy. The coarse plastics employed in the Sandero’s interior were far from plush. And also, one of the Sandero’s wheel-caps fell off while driving on the highway – it was a shocking discovery, stepping out to find the once clad steel rim, now exposed. It was a costly discovery too – as it required payment to the car rental company concerned.
I doesn’t look as though any components would fall off this butch-looking Renault Sandero Stepway, though. It’s essentially a standard Sandero that’s been beefed-up, with a more aggressive appearance and raised ground clearance that might help one conquer obstacles on light off-road trails and in the crazy, fast-paced concrete jungle.
At the front, there are fog-lights integrated into the bumper and black mouldings with silver trim accents. The headlights are “black-masked”, enhacing the Sandero’s countenance like subtle eyeliner treatment. The side mirrors are finished-off in silver, as are the roof rails, door handles and door sills. From the side, it appears as though this Sandero has spent some time playing with weight equipment in the gym – the black mouldings on the wheelarches create an impression of muscle and bulkiness. The Sandero Stepway wears some attractive 16-inch wheels – if I were taking my Stepway out onto the beaten track, I would be weary not to scuff these pretty rims. This is all garnished by a chrome-tipped tailipipe at the rear.
Inside, the Sandero Stepway features charcoal cloth upholstery – which seems like a practical colour if you’ll be using the Stepway as a mule to carry sporting activity equipment that might get filthy. To accomodate more of your leisure gear, the rear seats can be folded down, giving a luggage capacity of 1200 litres.
The list of standard kit is pretty impressive on the Sandero Stepway: in addition to power steering and electric windows, the Stepway boasts air-conditioning and a radio system with MP3 and iPod compatibility. For peace of mind behind the wheel, the Stepway comes with a Bosch anti-lock braking system – which is there with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), in the event you have to slam on the cente pedal. Adding to the list of features and acronyms is the Renault Anti-Intrusion Device – (RAID).
At the heart of the Stepway is a 1598cc four-cylinder engine which produces 64kW and 128Nm of torque. Renault claim that the Stepway will perform the 0-100km/h sprint in 11.5 seconds and that it renders consumption figures of 7.2l/100km in a combined-cycle.
Another attractive element of the Sandero Stepway is the price. With a tag of R149 900 for the Renault Sadero Stepway 1.6 this is probably the most affordable way to get yourself into that exclusive SUV/Crossover group – without having to buy pre-owned.For the price, you also get a six-year anti-corrosion warranty and a three-year/45000km service plan.