Does the Renault Austral at €33,400 give value for money?

Renault has just launched the Austral, this famous substitute for the Kadjar that wants to dethrone the Peugeot 3008 thanks to a more polished design and a range of electrified engines. We have just tested it in its top-of-the-range version of 200 hp in the “Alpine Spirit” version and the machine has even just won its first duel against the Peugeot 3008 in this variant. But we are talking here about an Austral exposed at €44,900 anyway. Will the results be different with an entry-level Austral?

At this price, there are still LED daytime running lights

Waiting to find tomorrow our test of the Austral equipped with its base 130 horsepower engine equipped with the manual gearbox without its Techno finish at € 35,900, let’s take a direct look at the equipment of the Austral “Equilibre” at the first price €33,400 without options. At this price, you obviously have to settle for this new turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. We must also ignore the large 12-inch touch screen in the center console, installed only from the Techno finish (or offered as an option at €1,200 in the Navigation pack). But inside, the results are not bad for the Austral first prize: there are certainly cloth seats, but we already benefit from the dual-zone automatic air conditioning. As for the 9-inch touchscreen in the center console, it’s not too ugly to look at and already includes Renault’s OpenR system (but not the 12-inch version’s Google services).

The 9-inch touch screen fits quite well on the dashboard.  And there is also a digital instrument cluster.
The 9-inch touch screen fits quite well on the dashboard. And there is also a digital instrument cluster.

A not insignificant presentation

On the outside, you obviously have to settle for small 17-inch wheels at this price of €33,400. But there are still LED daytime running lights and the only free body color, Glacier White, doesn’t really give the impression of a rental or company vehicle. Add to that a digital instrument cluster, full smartphone connectivity, front and rear USB ports, or even rear park assist, and you’ve got a highly recommended entry-level Austral. Fortunately, because at the moment, the Peugeot 3008 for sale costs only €32,560 (instead of €35,320) with a 130-horsepower engine and similar standard equipment.

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