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Renault's ace in the pack

By unknown | May 13, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

South African consumers are among the most sophisticated in the world though the country is still regarded as a developing one.

Consumers do not accept cheap products with poor quality. This is the type of consumer who refused to buy the Chery QQ3, the cheapest car at R59000.

The QQ3 story has forced car makers to come up with quality products even if at a slightly higher price.

Renault saw an opportunity in the AB-segment under R100000 and R150000. The car maker has brought in some reasonably priced products in recent months, such the Logan and Sandero.

On test we had the Renault Sandero 1,6 Expression petrol. Unlike the Renault Logan, the Sandero has the flair, appeal and character.

The Logan might be practical but has boring written all over it. Our test model Sandero was the base model, with no electric windows and came with wheel caps but the 1,6 engine power was rather impressive.

The Sandero is not the type of car that will give you goose bumps, much as it is not the type that makes you want to hide from friends.

The French got it right with the Sandero.

The car is practical and spacious, the legroom is enormous. It boasts enough interior space to accommodate three adults on the back seat. It comes standard with Radio/CD player. This 1,6 Expression comes standard with dual airbags, air-conditioning, key-operated central locking, and satin chrome finishes for the dashboard facia and interior door strips.

It was a pleasure to drive the Sandero on the freeway and around the city.


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