Renault’s Sandero Stepway

Renault Sandero Stepway

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This is the car I would have loved to have as a first car. It is extremely efficient at everything. It isn’t the fastest or the fanciest but it’s good. The 1.6 offers some performance – it will reach 120 quite happily, and then travel on the highway around that speed with comfort. There is ample space throughout the car and the boot is especially spacious. The seats were even surprisingly easy to put down, with a simple lever system. A lot of manufacturers need to take note. Simple systems please! I would actually use this car with seats down to collect things!


It is very well put together and considering the price tag – R150,000.00 I think it is a very good deal. The build quality is good and the car feels extremely solid on the road. The box is a 5 speed manual which is normal for the car’s range and it’s a good small people carrier. It is even quite safe. ABS and EBD are factory fitted.

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For value I think it’s excellent. I enjoyed driving it, for its weight and being a 1.6 litre car it really drives well and it even accelerates quite nippily. It won’t be staying in the Jozi fast lane but it will happily get you from A to B on the highway. It really is a student car, you can load up your friends in the car, put all the kit in the back – it has enough space for all of your stuff – then happily shoot off for a road trip! Consumption is good; I averaged around 8.2 while I had the car, which for me in a petrol car is excellent!

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It doesn’t offer the most luxury but what it offers is value. The gearbox is standard really, 5 speed and goes through the motions without hassle. The interior is simple but neat and it does its job efficiently. The entire vehicle feels solid with a quality build, which for its price range is great value. It has airbags, an aircon and a decent radio – all good quality. I would have liked to have had a Diesel in this sort of vehicle but otherwise it is a value for money buy.

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For this article I asked our untamed interior designer Jo Cordner ( to comment on the Sandero Stepway

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The only thing that could possibly endear me to the Renault Sandero is that it is manufactured in our very own beautiful South Africa. Unlike my friend Dirk, I have no particular love for French cars. I am not sure what he sees in them. However, that said, the Sandero Stepway fits perfectly into the current aesthetic of the little pocket rocket category along with its counterparts: the VW Polo Vivo, the Ford Figo, the Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai i10 to name a few.

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Really, you can’t fault it in terms of having all the bells and whistles that a comfy little car should have. Neat interior, neat exterior. It’s really just neat. Not sexy. Not ground breakingly awesome but it has clean lines, it’s not fussy and, you guessed it, it’s neat. In fact I think the Stepway has a quite a sporty look – by sporty I don’t mean Sports Illustrated cover girl, I mean Olympic Gold Medalist. And this suits what the car is.

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All in all, it’s a nice car. Yes I said nice. Like a cup of tea.

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Specs worth noting:

Price: R149,900.00.

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Maximum Power: [email protected]

Brakes: ABS and Anti-lock with EBD.

Gearbox: 5 speed Manual.

Competitors Prices:

Chery Tiggo1.6 TX – R169,900.00

Daihatsu Sirion 1.5i Sport – R159,995.00

Fiat Panda 1.2 Dynamic MTA – R141,428.00

GWM CB150 elite 1.5 Petrol – R129,990.00

KIA Soul 1.6 CRDi – R219,995.00

Mahindra Bolero DC NEF 4 x 2 – R154,990.00

Mini Cooper Clubman – R243,039.00

Suzuki Jimny 1.3i – R184,900.00

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