2010 Renault Safrane | new car review

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by











The Safrane is a reflection of the growing influence of Korean cars in the world marketplace.

For while Renault is a French car, the Safrane is a rebadged version of the SM-5 sedan that Renault sells under the Samsung badge in South Korea. Renault beefed up the air conditioning and cooling for the Middle East and put the Safrane on sale in the region back in 2008.

It’s not a car likely to set the pulse racing, but it does represent a lot of car for the money, with prices starting at 58,000AED.

Two engines power the Safrane; the first a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit with 143bhp, available in the entry-level PE car. The second is a 2.3-litre V6 that makes 170bhp. The 2.0 is attached to a four-speed automatic box and the 2.3 to a five-speed version.

The 2.3 Safrane is available in two trim levels, LE and SE. Features available include Renault Smart Card technology, which replaces the key with a credit-card sized device that the Safrane can detect in your pocket, meaning the doors can be unlocked without removing it from your pocket. It also allows the car to be started at the press of a button.

Entertainment comes from a stereo with seven speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer, and an auxiliary socket is included for MP3 players.

Safety features are decent, with the Safrane featuring ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist, which automatically applies the full force of the brakes in an emergency. Electronic stability control is available, and the Safrane features six airbags.

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