Renault’s turbo Sandero arrives in SA

2014-03-18 15:05

Renault’s new Sandero hatchback has arrived in South Africa sporting a radical design, new engine and technologies.

Wheels24’s SERGIO DAVIDS will attend the local launch of the Sandero in Johannesburg on Wednesday (March 19).

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Renault Sandero

The model sports a complete redesign, more in-line with its Clio sibling. At the front, Renault’s diamond-shaped badge dominates the new black grille and underscores the brand’s new design identity. The rear borrows styling cues from the Clio.

It measures 4m long, 1.9m wide and 1.5m tall with a wheelbase of 2.5m. It’s ground clearance is rated at 164mm.

The model is offered in two specifications, Expression and Dynamique, with one engine and transmission choice.


The new Sandero is, according to the automaker, the only model in its class to offer a turbo petrol engine as it borrows the 66kW/135Nm three-cylinder 0.9-litre turbo used in the Clio.

Mated to a five speed manual, fuel consumption is rated at 5.2 litres/100km with 119g/km CO2 emission. Fuel consumption can be further reduced by activating the Eco mode.

According to Renault: "The new Sandero is the safest car in its class as it offers, standard across the range, safety features usually reserved for 'higher class' models.”

Units are fitted with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist, dual front airbags, electronic stability program with anti-skid regulation (ASR) and hill assist.

The Expression is equipped with power front windows, remote central locking, chromed door handles and a leather steering wheel and gear lever. The cabin benefits from Isofix child restraints,  radio/MP-3 compatible CD player with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Dynamique boasts 15” alloys, fog lights with chromed surrounds, body-coloured door handles, power windows and power-adjustable side mirrors. Inside it benefits from side airbags and cruise control with speed limiter. Boot capacity is rated at 292 litres.
Renault aims to be the in "top 5" for parts affordability: “The new Sandero’s running costs will be very moderate, in line with the previous generation (ranking at No.3 of its segment, according to Malcom Kinsey’s 2013 report.”

Renault Sandero Expression Turbo 66kW five-door - R123 900 (R133 900 with aircon)
Renault Sandero Dynamique Turbo 66kW five-door - R141 500

The new Sandero is sold with a five-year or 150 000km warranty and two-year or 30 000km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000km.

  • Dean Williams - 2014-03-19 07:42

    Wow, our Rand has definitely gone for a ball of $#1t. Even these 'entry' level vehicles are getting our of reach for the average Joe/Jill on the street. Great engine though, but when last did I see aircon as an optional extra, and for R10k nogal.

      veektor.vahl - 2014-03-19 07:51

      Make the steering optional......but not the aircon.

  • Shrian Ramsamuj - 2014-03-19 08:19

    I wouldn't go so far as to call this car a stunner. I think the author of this article might be "visually challenged".

  • Dirk van der Merwe - 2015-02-14 21:43

    I bought one as a runabout (third car) six months ago and now has done ±7500 km. Faultless performance up to now. Handling and ride quality is good enough, fuel consumption is good and performance on the highveld is more than acceptable. Roomy for the segment in which it competes and fit and finish is good. Overall a very impressive offering from Renault. I have owned many cars in the past, all bought new. (1x Toyota, 2x Nissan, 3x Opel, 1x Honda, 1x Isuzu D/C, 1x Mitsubishi D/C, 1x BMW, 2 x Merc, 2X Citroen, 1x Peugeot, 1x Renault). As can be seen I clearly do not have any brand loyalty. Worst car I have owned - my second Nissan. Best long term (6years+) experiences - Mercs and Mitsubishi D/C. Only had problems with the one Nissan (LOTS!) and minor issues with the one Merc (really minor). Basically I liked all these cars apart from the Nissan which I hated passionately. (I got rid of it within 5 months). I do not have any specific reason for not ever owning a Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia or Volkswagen.

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