Marketed as a Darcia in other parts of the world the distinctive bold Renault diamond in the centre of the black grille confirms that this is now a true Renault. The new Sandero certainly looks the part with the integrated roof spoiler, body coloured mirrors and 15 inch wheels.
Powered by a 900cc turbo charged engine the Sandero has more than enough power at the coast developing 66kw of power and 135Nm of torque from the 3 cylinder engine. Not once did the car feel underpowered and has more than enough power for overtaking or cruising on the open road. Fuel economy is very respectable 5.2 l/100km. Good news for buyers is that the new Sandero only emits 119g CO2 and is exempt from CO2 emission tax.
Loaded with features including, a highly effective air conditioning system, electric windows all round, central locking as well as cruise control, blue tooth and a fitted sound system which is MP-3 compatible and USB connection.
The Sandero also boasts ESP (Electronic Stability Control) and ABS brakes with EDB ( Electronic Brake Force Distribution). Features also include a guide to when to change gears. A light in the instrument cluster flashes with an up or down arrow when the optimal gear change speed is attained. Hill start assist is also featured to help pull off on hills with an incline of over 10%.The sophisticated instrument cluster is clear and the controls are close at hand and easy to operate. Volume controls are also on a stalk next to the steering wheel as is the hooter, which took a time to find when first driving the car.
Comfort has certainly not been compromised. Body contoured seating ensues the Sandero carries 5 passengers in comfort with space to spare. The boot holds a best in class 292litres of luggage. The 60/40 rear seat split further improves this load capacity.
Overall an excellent package at a very good price.
Renault Sandero Expression R133 900 (incl A/C)
Renault SanderoDynamique R141 500