IT might be nothing more than a hatchback in hiking boots, but there’s certainly a calling for vehicles like the Sandero Stepway, given how just about everyone wants an SUV these days, but not all are willing or able to part with the big wads of cash needed to join that trendy club.
And on that note, the Stepway is more budget-friendly than ever following its recent mid-life facelift.
Not only did Renault introduce a more affordable Stepway Expression derivative, priced at R174 900, but even the new range-topping Dynamique model, at R189 900, is R7 000 cheaper than the previous one-trim-only Stepway.
On top of that, the Dynamique is better equipped.
“So much for being a budget hatch,” I thought when first sinking into the car, with its leather seats and gadgets that I would not have expected at this price level. Sure, the leather is a R10 000 option, but all the other stuff is standard – namely cruise control and an 18cm touch-screen infotainment centre with satellite navigation, rear park assist, full Bluetooth/USB/CD functionality and audio controls on the snazzy looking leather-covered steering wheel. In fact, the view ahead is quite pleasing, with its combination of carbon-like trim, chrome surrounds and grainy plastics that are hard but look soft. It’s not as classy lower down and to the sides, and the glove box on our unit was out of alignment with the dash, but other than that the build quality and finish seemed acceptable at the price. Ergonomics have also improved with the latest upgrades, the hooter migrating back to its rightful place on the steering wheel and the front electric window controls hopping from the centre console to a far more convenient location on the door panels. The aforementioned MediaNav touch-screen system is also a cinch to operate.
Despite the car’s fairly generous proportions, there isn’t really a lot of space for rear seat passengers to stretch their legs, although the 292 litre boot is big by class standards.
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