2015 Renault Symbol | New Car Review
* Extremely affordable price tag
* Quality of materials used in and around the cabin
Manufactured in Turkey, the third generation model is a far cry from the one that surfaced in 1999. Positioned as an economical city runner, the Symbol is banal and dreary, but what more could you expect from something as attractively priced?
With an abundance of grained plastics around the cabin, bits of silver trim break the monotony of dark hues all around. Along with a greater focus on functionality than style, the Symbol welcomes storage compartments atop the dashboard and within the door panels.
Surprisingly well equipped, the Symbol is loaded with goodies ranging from an automatic air-conditioning system to a navigation system, and USB and AUX ports to steering wheel controls and a speed limiter function. All of which is unexpected from something in the high AED 30,000 range.
What’s on offer?
Powered by a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine, the Symbol ushers 105 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque through a 4 speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. According to official statistics, it also does a mighty fine job of sipping just 6.6 litres of gasoline for every 100 kilometres covered on tarmac.
The Renault Symbol goes up against the likes of the Kia Rio and the Chevrolet Sonic, but the winner is quite obvious. In a price sensitive segment of the market, it’s the price tag that matters most and on that front, neither the Rio nor the Sonic can snatch the title from the Symbol.
|Specifications||2015 Renault Symbol|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|105 hp @ 5,750 RPM|
|145 Nm @ 3,750 RPM|
|Tranmission||4 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||12.0 secs|
|Top speed||185 km/h|
|Price||AED 38,500 - 39,900|