Looking for some ruggedness, Sandero Stepaway only a step away!

 Not a head turner either but it kicks-butt, stru…Try it next to the beach and come running with your tail between those legs. Ahem results?

Had an opportunity to test drive one and all seemed to be trailblazing needed to tackle harrowing escapades.

 Described by the parent company Renault SA as a versatile, sporty SUV crossover, it features higher wheels and both front and rear add to its ruggedness!

Hitting one area to another, the driver and occupants feel more than comfy in the budget-made cab. The interior is kitted out with hard-wearing plastics, which are practical and economical. As a petite as I come (now you know my size) I must admit, I’d love to spend too much time in the rear seats during a long journey. It worked magically.

It cloggs 0-100km/h dash in 11.5 seconds which means it is a 64kW 1.6-litre powertrain. Now, that’s how efficient it is, albeit taking-off requires a bit of doing.  

Yep, a slow ball with a top speed in the region of 175km/h, it is economical, ask me. Petrol gauge was constantly well behaved, suffice to say when it’s on a roll it becomes unstoppable.

While a claimed 7.2 litres/100km is acceptable from a 1.6-litre motor, its CO2 emissions of 183g/km is on the high side.

It retails for R149 900 and includes a 3 year/45 000km service plan and a 5 year/150 000km warranty.

Step on Stepaway, and you might step on the right direction…

Verdict: 1-10

Petrol- 7

Performance -6


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