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2023 Renault Austral Review | Care Expert – Dubai Car News

Since Kadjar’s death, Renault The family SUV has been missing from the market, but that’s all about to change with the arrival of the new one. Australia.

Here to take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage, the Aussie is top of the wish list for Australians, equipped with better technology and more efficient engines than its predecessor, as well as a more modern design.

While unconfirmed for our market, and not expected to arrive until next year at the earliest, Renault hopes the Australian will be able to make more progress than its predecessor, which is based on the new-generation Qashqai. Despite the struggle.

Although Austral also borrows parts from Renault’s alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi, the French company claims it is a world apart from its popular cousin. But will this gap make or break the newcomer?

How much does Renault Austral cost?

As the Austral hasn’t been confirmed for our market, it’s also hard to predict how much it will cost in Australia – especially as the European and UK ranges will have exclusively electric powertrains.

Pricing for the UK has not yet been announced. But for reference, the outgoing Kadjar, sourced from Spain, offered the all-turbocharged lineup locally and was priced from $29,990 to $37,990 plus on-road costs.

The related new-generation Nissan Qashqai will be priced locally in the coming months, with the turbocharged petrol version ranging from $33,890 to $47,390, with the e-Power series hybrid likely to be priced in the $45,000-$55,000 bracket.

Regardless, we’d expect the Austral Small SUV to be a more premium proposition in the small SUV segment given the level of tech on offer. Watch this space.

What is the Renault Austral like inside?

The Austral certainly doesn’t look like a Mitsubishi or a Nissan on the inside.

In fact, it looks like nothing else on the market. Sure, the core components are very similar – there’s a large touchscreen and a digital instrument display – but the details are distinctly Renault-ish.

We’re particular fans of the sliding armrest-slash-cubbyhole cover, which you slide back and forth like the throttle levers on a Boeing 747. It doesn’t do much, but it’s a great addition.

Unsurprisingly, it’s hard to avoid a large screen in the middle of the dashboard, so it’s a nice feature that works well. Google powers the system, just like the touchscreen on the new Megane E-Tech electric car, and the results speak for themselves.

The system feels more intuitive than most, possibly due to its affinity for Android phone tech, but large icons and smart responses help make it a breeze. It also comes with helpful Google Maps navigation technology, which makes old-school GPS feel a little… backward.

The touchscreen is paired with a digital instrument display that’s also clear and sharp, but some data is generated in slightly awkward places, so you need some time to get used to it. Thankfully, a head-up display is also available to project the most important information on the windshield.

But tech isn’t the only important aspect of Astral’s interior – old-school, simple things are important, too.

Build quality is generally pretty solid, and everything feels well stitched together, but there are one or two complaints about material quality.

For the most part, all the plastics feel solid and tactile, but a handful of components let the side down a bit. Still, it looks as good as anything from Ford or Honda.

It’s equally spacious, thanks to a flexible cabin that allows you to trade boot space for legroom via the sliding rear bench.

With all three rear seats on runners, they can slide forward to maximize boot capacity at the expense of legroom, or they can slide back to create a truly spacious space behind the front seats.

As a result, officials 430 liters The hybrid’s boot capacity seems a bit small, but it’s still practical. Slide the rear bench forward and non-hybrid models have a. 575 liters Boot – Bigger than a BMW X3.

What’s under the bonnet?

In Europe, the Austral will be offered with a choice of five different powertrains.

There are two 1.3-litre mild-hybrids, plus a 1.2-litre ‘advanced’ mild-hybrid, but the highlights are the two “E-Tech Full Hybrid” options.

Oddly enough, the Advanced Mild Hybrid is the least powerful, squeeze 96 kW to her 1.2 liter three cylinder petrol engineWhile 1.3 liter engine is presented in 103 kW And 116 kW Output

give 1.2 Liter E-Tech Powertrains combine a 96kW petrol engine with two electric motors to give customers a choice. 118 kW or 146 kW power generation.

All of them drive the front wheels alone – all-wheel drive isn’t even available as an option – but they come with a choice of transmissions.

Mild hybrids are available with six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes, while full hybrids come with a combination of 15 with a complex multi-mode transmission.

Performance is modest, with relatively low power output, but efficiency is the name of the game. The 1.3-liter mild hybrid is the least economical option, burning. 6.2 liters per 100 kmBut e-tech full hybrids are really efficient, offering low consumption. 4.5L/100km On the government economy exam.

Renault reckons the hybrid system is even better around town, using electric power only 80 percent of the time.

How does the Renault Austral operate?

While four-wheel drive isn’t available, Renault’s new four-wheel steering system is.

Called 4Control, the system steers the rear wheels up to five degrees to improve agility and high-speed stability.

At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front, tightening the turning circle, while at high speeds the wheels turn in the same direction to make it more stable.

It also brings with it a more advanced multi-link rear suspension setup, as opposed to the less sophisticated rear axle fitted to two-wheel steering cars.

Having only driven a car with four-wheel steering and multi-link suspension, we can’t fully comment on the Austral’s comfort, but it’s safe to say we have our reservations.

Of course, our test car rode on 20-inch alloy wheels, which didn’t help, but it still picked up some sharp bumps on the relatively smooth roads of our European test route. It doesn’t look good.

On the plus side, the 4Control system gives the Austral incredibly sharp steering that feels very responsive and nimble.

It feels a little slick if you’re not smooth with the steering, but you get used to it quickly, and the rewards for doing so are huge.

The steering has bags of grip and a bit of feel, while the body control makes it reasonably fun on good backroads.

It’s also good on long journeys, thanks to a much better set of engines, although this effect is slightly marred by large amounts of road noise.

what do you get

On higher trim levels, at least, the cabin features a 12.3-inch instrumentation display, a large, portrait-oriented 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen angled toward the driver, and a 9.3-inch head-up display. Windscreen

The new OpenR infotainment setup is based on the Android automotive operating system, and has built-in Google Maps, Google Assistant voice recognition, and the Google Play app store. It supports over-the-air software updates, and can be connected to a Harmon Kardon sound system.

Top-spec models are available with four-wheel steering, which can turn the rear wheels up to 5 degrees, reducing the car’s turning circle to 10.1 metres.

As part of Renault’s long-term strategy to make the most of the Alpine marque, the Austral will be the first vehicle to offer the Esprit Alpine trim package.

While Austral’s Esprit Alpine versions don’t have any extra power or torque, they do look nicer thanks to gray 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a different grille treatment, black roof rails, and black instead of chrome. Cut into pieces.

The interior features blue stitching, faux suede upholstery, aluminum pedals, and a steering wheel covered in a combination of Nappa leather and fake suede. A Satin Shell Gray matte paint option is also exclusive to Esprit Alpine models.

Is the Renault Austral safe?

The Australian has yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, and is therefore currently without a safety rating.

Renault claims the Australian has Level 2 autonomous driving capability thanks to stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane centering, front and rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB), and lane departure prevention systems.

Other available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, surround-view cameras, an automatic parking assistant, and matrix LED headlights.

How much does Renault Austral cost to run?

Renault Australia covers its range of passenger cars. Five-year, unlimited kilometer warranty.

If Austral makes it Down Under, we’d expect it to fall under the same program.

Given that the car isn’t currently on sale in Australia, there’s no exact indication of pricing for the service, but the 1.3-litre turbo Captur and Arkana (sans hybrid tech) are priced at $399, $399, $399, $789 and $399 respectively. For five rounds.

CarExpert’s take on the Renault Austral

Australian game-changer Renault might not like it, but it’s a much more powerful car than its predecessor, the Cadger.

The promise of improved technology, a spacious cabin and strong economy gives it real appeal, but it’s not without its failings.

A questionable ride, limited performance and lack of all-wheel drive capability may lead some customers to look elsewhere for a new family car.

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