Sandero RS 2.0 gets facelift; still Brazil-only


Oh how we envy Brazil, which has been given a facelifted version of the ยฃ14k Sandero RS hot hatch. In retaining a 150hp 2.0-litre engine, five-speed manual and Mk2 Clio underpinnings, the five-door ensures it holds on to technical links with the brilliant (Iโ€™m not biased) Renaultsport 182 of years gone by. The result being a Renault Sandero RS โ€“ theyโ€™re not badged as Dacias over there โ€“ which produces its best as the needle nudges 6,000rpm, just like the good old days.

The 150hp peak output is admittedly only possible when Brazilโ€™s widely available ethanol fuel is used, with the figure dropping by 5hp when petrol is burnt instead. But since the old Clio bits are light and compact by modern standards - the 2.0 Sandero weighs in at 1,160kg - itโ€™s got 129hp per tonne, or about the same as the old Twingo RS. The Sanderoโ€™s got more space and more doors than that brilliant old hatch, too, so itโ€™s not exactly trading practicality for its sprightliness.

For 2019, Renault has given its sports hatch an aesthetic makeover, adding new daytime running lights, alloy wheels and mini Megane RS-style taillights. Inside, thereโ€™s new infotainment and the plushest version of the Sanderoโ€™s dashboard, although as a ยฃ14k car (seriously!), itโ€™s still fairly basic stuff. Then again, its simplicity is exactly why we want one in Britain. Anyone fancy a Sandero project car?







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  • PartOfTheProblem 07 Aug 2019

    I reckon these would sell like hot cakes over here. I think it looks half-decent for a budget warm hatch.

  • Mackofthejungle 07 Aug 2019

    PartOfTheProblem said:
    I reckon these would sell like hot cakes over here. I think it looks half-decent for a budget warm hatch.
    I dunno, people have become pretty snobby about cars over the last ten years...

  • thelostboy 07 Aug 2019

    I was in Argentina this year and all of the Dacias are simply Renaults.

    Whatsmore, you can actually STILL get a Mk2 Clio over there, albeit with a slight Megane looking front end (not too bad). The interior is recognisable, but they have updated it a bit... would be quite cool to obtain some modern parts for my rather worn 182.

  • Tuvra 07 Aug 2019

    Mackofthejungle said:
    PartOfTheProblem said:
    I reckon these would sell like hot cakes over here. I think it looks half-decent for a budget warm hatch.
    I dunno, people have become pretty snobby about cars over the last ten years...
    The vast majority of people that buy these will want three doors and sporty looks, just look at 3 door Fiesta ST sales versus the 5 door for an example of this.

  • I.miss.my.old.cars 07 Aug 2019

    And there are some "tuners" in brazil getting 200whp on those, NA. Pretty quick at Interlagos.

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