2015 Renault Safrane | new car review
The 2015 Renault Safrane is simply stunning and with a price tag lower than that of its rivals, there's no reason you'd even consider them.
Shoddy interior quality
The previous generation model of the Renault Safrane was what we’d call a Karama copy of the Nissan Altima. It was dull, boring, uninspiring and a whole lot of other words I’d rather not use. The new generation model, however, is stunning, oozing with sex appeal and without a doubt, the most striking vehicle in the brand’s lineup. I’m not entirely sure if it’s the seductive headlamps or the way those tail lamps plunder your gaze as it drives by, all I know is, the 2015 Renault Safrane is most definitely a head turner.
Pull open the door and you’re in for a sensory shock; with an abundance of plastic, microscopic buttons and a multimedia screen that is smaller than most modern mobile phones, you almost instantly question if the interior was designed by the same team that did the exterior. Thankfully, interior space hasn’t been sacrificed and neither has boot space, as the Safrane trumps the Nissan Altima with 477 litres of boot space as opposed to only 436 litres in its Japanese rival.
The audio boffins at Bose have worked hard at creating the ultimate aural experience in the Safrane and that can only be a wonderful thing. The custom built 10 speaker sound system has been produced after taking into account interior space and promises to offer a rich and authentic sound experience irrespective of the volume.
What’s on offer?
Two engine choices are what the 2015 Renault Safrane has to offer; a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder and a larger 2.5 litre V6. While 137 horsepower is what the puny 2.0 litre engine puts out while being mated to a CVT transmission, the 2.5 litre ups the ante to 174 horsepower and 233 Nm of torque.
You could pop down to the Hyundai showroom and pick up a Sonata for AED 73,500, or you could drive to the Nissan showroom and get yourself an Altima for AED 78,500 but why would you? Because the 2015 Renault Safrane costs just AED 56,000, and provides so, so much more than its Korean and Japanese rivals do.
|Specifications||2015 Renault Safrane||2015 Renault Safrane 2.5L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4-cyl||2.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|137 hp @ 6,000 RPM||174 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|191 Nm @ 3,700 RPM||233 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||11.9 secs||10.7 secs|
|Top speed||186 km/h||206 km/h|
|Price||AED 56,000||AED 70,900|