2015 Renault Safrane | new car review

Posted on May 28, 2015 by
2015 Renault Safrane
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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AEDAED 56,000 - 70,900
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 95%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

When it’s time for manufacturers to bring out newer generations of their models, us motoring people cringe at the fact that something which is outright ghastly, could very well be just around the corner. Thankfully, in 2011 when Renault announced the all-new Safrane, they hadn’t let us down.

Pros

The 2015 is simply stunning and with a price tag lower than that of its rivals, there's no reason you'd even consider them.

Cons

Shoddy interior quality

Looks

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.

2014 Renault Safrane side

Feels

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.

2014 Renault Safrane interior

Engineering

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.

2014 Renault Safrane front and back

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.

2014 Renault Safrane front

Summing it…

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.

2014 Renault Safrane rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Renault Safrane2015 Renault Safrane 2.5L
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre / 4-cyl2.5 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
137 hp @ 6,000 RPM174 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
191 Nm @ 3,700 RPM233 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
TranmissionCVTCVT
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h11.9 secs10.7 secs
Top speed186 km/h206 km/h
PriceAED 56,000AED 70,900

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