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Date: 26 Sep 2019 Author Type: Public Review
Author: Deshen Naidoo
Source: Autoworld

The New Renault Sandero Stepway Plus

Renault South Africa recently launched their new Stepway Plus model Since its inception in 2009, the Renault Sandero has evolved dramatically with numerous quality, feature and styling enhancements. With its comprehensive and fresh line-up, Sandero has continued to enjoy ever-increasing success.

The flagship Stepway model, which we feature in these road impressions, has proven to be an extremely popular choice with sales in excess of 26,000 cars since its introduction in 2011.

The drive

The Renault Sandero petrol Turbo motor develops 66kW at 5 250 rpm, and 135Nm at 2 500 rpm of torque, available from 1 650 rpm and drives the front wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox delivering an impressive fuel consumption at a very low 5.4 litres/100km.

In the stopping department the new Sandero Stepway comes with disc brakes up front, drum brakes at the rear plus several electronic driver aids including ABS, EBA, EBD, ESC and ASR. Maximum pressure is applied from the onset of braking and remains until the ABS trigger threshold is reached. EBA shortens braking distance by up to nine metres at 120 km/h.

Hill Start Assist is automatically activated (upon complete stop) as soon as an incline of at least 10% is detected. The system is engaged by stepping firmly on the brake which prevents any backward movement for long enough to pull off without needing to use the handbrake. When stepping off the brake, the car will hold for approximately three seconds to allow pull off with no roll-back.

The exterior of the Stepway Plus is distinguished through its bespoke design and badging with 16" two-tone flexwheel covers, Gloss Black door mirrors with a distinctive red line, and features 3 new enticing body colours: Fusion Red, Highland Silver and Café Brown.

The comfort and technology

On the inside of the Stepway Plus it has an above-class average floor-to-roof clearance front and back. The front bucket seats are comfortable, and the rear seat will comfortably accommodate three adults.

The driver’s seat is fully adjustable for height, forward and backwards, making it easy to find a comfortable driving position, while all round vision and a well weighted steering, makes it easier to park.

The 4-spoke multi-function steering wheel is fully adjustable and the controls for the air conditioning, radio and control panel fall nicely to hand, while a media centre for connecting devices is situated in front of the gear lever.

Climb into the Renault Stepway Plus and you’ll find that you sit quite high, which provides a good all-round view of the road. The light steering makes for easy parking, while the well weighted steering, pedals and a quick changing gearlever adds to the sporty ride.

On the road the ride is pretty good mainly due to the excellent suspension that keeps it steady on rough tarmac. Wind and tyre noise is also well controlled, although there was a slight wind whistle from the passenger’s side window but that can be adjusted.

Many of the features and fitments which come standard with the Sandero range are not seen in this vehicle segment. These include On-board Navigation,* Smartphone Mirroring* With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility which is Model dependent and ECO mode function.

By electronically modifying the engine's response at the push of a button, enables drivers to automatically optimise fuel consumption and correct energy-wasting driving parameters to achieve greater economy. It adjusts engine operation within acceptable limits and can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 12% depending on driving styles and road conditions.

Bluetooth® connectivity enables safe, convenient and hands-free telephony plus music streaming from portable external devices when on the go. This, together with the 2 DIN integrated radio/CD/MP3 with USB port, is all accessed via fingertip controls located behind the steering wheel for optimum ease and convenience while the navigation system with map mode will guide you to wherever you want to go. The on-board computer also tracks and displays distance covered, average speed, fuel range, average and total fuel consumption.

The Renault Sandero Stepway Plus is an enjoyable car to drive with good handling, good safety and is very good value


Standard features on the new Stepway Plus include four airbags, front and rear power windows, electric side mirrors, leather steering wheel and gear knob, and rear park assist with Rear Parking Camera, to assist the driver by alleviating blind spots in reverse mode. Cruise control and navigation are also standard while leather seats are an option.

Would I buy one?

I have said yes to possibly hundreds of vehicles, however, for different reasons and having taken the segment of the vehicles, specifications and most importantly the drive.

Its yes again.

The Renault Sandero Stepway Plus has a lot to offer and I appreciated the drive, entertainment unit and the fuel economy.

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