2009 Renault Safrane | new car review

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 by

The is a very obvious choice for those that care more for value for money than they care for the brand name behind their new car.

With the Safrane you get some very impressive interior space and comfort, all wrapped-up in a car that really isn’t that bad to look at and big enough to offer you some extra presence while fighting it out on the busy Middle Eastern roads and streets. If you are one of the many new car-buyers that, especially in this modern day and age, believe there is little in a car manufacturers name than an excuse to charge more money for their product, then the Safrane should be high on your test drive list.

Whilst the Safrane doesn’t come across as strikingly beautiful to look at, there is a certain cleanliness to its overall design and that large-for-its-midsize-market-bracket body shell can only fill drivers with a certain strength of security and safety.

2009 Renault Safrane

In fact there is nothing particularly standoutish about the Safrane’s styling, but for this price and the whole lot of car you get for it, many will find inner beauty in this re-badged Korean-built car. As well as the extremely spacious and airy interior, that is though, a little plain looking but well laid out, there are a host of other generous and comforting features to be found within the Safrane.

These include a Renault Smart Card key that opens and closes the car as well starting it, all in the size of a thick credit card, a seven speaker CD/MP3 audio system, with an eight-inch subwoofer taking care of the bass sounds, a powerful air-conditioning system that vents the rear as well as the front, memory functions for the driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, rear parking and warning sensors, attractive alloy wheels, an electronic stability control program, ABS complete with electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist and a full compliment of six airbags dotted throughout the cabin. And that’s not a bad haul for this reasonably priced family car.



2009 Renault Safrane

There are two engine choices offered to power the Safrane, both running on petrol. There is a two-litre, four-cylinder unit making a not particularly sprightly 143bhp and 196Nm of torque and a 2.3-litre, V6 unit making a still not particularly sprightly 170bhp and 226Nm of torque.

Neither of these engines will do much that is entertaining when it comes to the quicker side of driving, and coupled with sluggish automatic gearboxes and soft (but comfortable) suspension, it is clear that the Safrane is firmly aimed at those drivers that want comfort, space and safety over quick and exciting driving.

2009 Renault Safrane


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Price Range (AED) 59,500-81,000


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