Group 1 Renault The Glen is an uplifting dealership led by Dealer Principal, George Stegmann and Sales Manager, Trevor Mohan. Group 1 Renault is currently celebrating 10 Years of Service Excellence, which proves their loyalty to their customers and in turn the loyalty of their customers. Sales Executive, Corné Gunther recently accompanied my test drive of the Sandero Stepway.

The Stepway is the top-of-the-range model of the Renault Sandero line. It is not just a hatch though, it was designed to have SUV-like styling and space. This is evident in the standard roof rails, ground clearance and 16-inch wheels. The front exterior is beautiful with C-shaped daytime running lights, a curved bonnet and Renault’s signature diamond shaped logo bringing it all together.

The interior of the Stepway is completely unlike that of a regular hatch, with Dark Carbon upholstery and leather finished steering wheel and gear lever. Located between the driver’s and passenger’s seats, you will notice an armrest – convenient when changing gears. A 7-inch MediaNav infotainment system is ideally located in the center console. This includes Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity along with AM/FM radio that’s accessible through the multifunctional steering wheel.

Corné and I ventured around the Glen area to challenge the Stepway in various scenarios to test performance. From uphill to high speed highway driving, the Stepway took it like a champ in third gear without struggle or excessive engine noise. On the highway, Corné and I then switched to cruise control and it was smooth sailing from there on. Standard is a speed limited detector which beeps when you exceed the limit!

If cruise control and speed limited does not stop you from conserving fuel, the Stepway’s Eco mode certainly will! Just switch it on with a touch of a button and watch your fuel consumption improve on your trip computer. When you’ve reached your destination, you can park with ease with the Rear Park Assist.

Safety in the Stepway includes four airbags, ISOFIX child preparation, seat belt warning lights, ABS, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR).

Available with the Renault Stepway is a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and 2-year/30 000km service plan.

Visit Group 1 Renault The Glen today and speak to Dealer Principal, George Stegmann; Sales Manager, Trevor Mohan or any of their product specialists and test drive a Renault Stepway today!

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley