So, the Renault Sandero receives a mixed bag of criticism all around- some absolutely love it and will buy one for themselves and their moms, while others will give it a swift walk-by. I personally think the Sandero has a lot of charming qualities to it and for the right buyer, it can certainly become part of the family.
Ticked on the checklist as affordable, the Sandero isn’t all that glitz and glam but it is a reasonable offering. This wanna-be SUV gives a lot and doesn’t expect much in return. Yes, it is not a rough and rumbling nature-tackler but it holds its own in the market and I think it will do well with the city-loving clan.
Modest styling is the order of the day and the Sandero pulls it off superbly. The Renault badge is highlighted by a horizontal striped grille that flows into the headlights. The Sandero, in my opinion, is still easy on the eye with its simplistic looks but to give it a bit of an edgier or sportier appeal, also it has a raised ground clearance thanks to its 16–inch wheels, roof rails, skid plates and wheel arch trimmings.
Thanks to its big dreams of wanting to be an SUV, the Sandero is a bit more spacious than your average hatch. Passenger room is enough to get me excited on long trips and this is impressive to note at the boot still has an ample 292–litres of space. The trademark ‘affordable queues’ are to be found (you?d be silly to think that there would be leather seats and a massive infotainment screen) although it isn’t that bad on the eye or cringy to the touch which is a plus.
As previously mentioned, the infotainment system isn’t that huge but it still holds its own at 7-inches. Furthermore, it makes up with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and integrated navigation. The Sandero’s driving experience is pumped up with cruise control, all-around electric windows, air conditioning, a Rear Parking Camera and remote central locking for coming and going. To protect the family, the Sandero works hard with the help of ABS, Emergency Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Programme with Anti-Slip Regulation, airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorage.
The Sandero may be fitted with a tiny 898cc engine- to be exact and may raise a few eyebrows but it is sensible if you think about it. It still pushes out 66kW of power and 135Nm of torque which is adequate for daily driving and it means that you pay a lot less at the pump. Although it should be mentioned that this means you will frequently find yourself shuffling between gears for some huff but then again, you can’t have your cake and eat it The Sandero has a claimed fuel consumption of 5.4-L/100km and we think that it?s doable (especially with the ECO mode).
Where to find it
Visit www.renault.co.za if you would like to find out more about this reliable Renault.
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler