Dacia Sandero review

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Perception

What is?

It’s the cheapest new car you can buy in Britain, with prices starting at less than £8,000. The context? The cheapest versions of the UK’s best-selling superminis, the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, cost more than twice as much: just over £16,000. And at first glance, it’s not twice as big a car as the new Sandero either.

How did Dacia do this then?

You see, it’s easy to build a car cheaply. You just have to cut corners. Do the bare minimum. Form the dashboard from Styrofoam. Begging, borrowing, or stealing engines and platforms that other manufacturers have long discontinued. Pay the designer on “showcase” and buy off-the-shelf infotainment systems. The results are usually quite poor.

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But Dacia seems to have done precisely none of these things. The new Sandero – and we’re talking completely new here – is based on the same platform as the current generation Renault Clio and Nissan Juke. It uses efficient and modern engines that meet the latest EU emission standards. Most versions have a six-speed gearbox. It looks stylish and the interior has more than enough room for five people and their luggage. The outgoing Sandero, which we really like, looks and feels cheap. This new one just…doesn’t. Not so much, anyway. it’s puzzling

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So why is the new Sandero so cheap? Click here for an explanation from TG’s Paul Horrell and Dacia’s Michel Benoussan.

Does anyone really buy it?

It is true that nobody buys the cheapest Sandero. Less than one percent of Sanderos sold are the entry-level Access model, with the vast majority of customers upgrading for a better engine and more kit. Still, the most you can spend on a new Sandero is £12,795. That buys you all the available tech (including cruise control, Apple CarPlay, keyless entry, climate control, and a parking camera) and a CVT automatic gearbox.

What about the Stepway version?

The Sandero Stepway is a bit more expensive. Roughly a high spec for the specs compared to the regular Sandero, with prices starting at £11,495 and going up to just over £15,000. The pseudo-crossover with an additional 174mm of ground clearance and beefier bodywork accounts for 60% of Sandero’s UK sales.

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In terms of size, the new Sandero is very similar to the old one. At 4,088mm long, 1,848mm wide and 1,499mm tall, it’s a bit larger than a Ford Fiesta.

Our choice of the range.

Dacia
1.0 TCe Comfort 5 doors
£11,760

What’s the verdict?

It makes no promises it can’t keep, and it absolutely nails the brief Renault/Dacia package for it: a simple, roomy car for pennies on the dollar. Now with greater refinement

The Dacia Sandero is, and has always been, almost comically cheap. It makes no promises it can’t keep and absolutely pulls off the short Renault/Dacia package for him: a simple, roomy car for pennies on the dollar. Supermini size and room for (often below) city car money. This new one is much better than the old one, with smarter design inside and out, plenty of room, more modern tech, and decent handling.

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It won’t make you smile like a Ford Fiesta does, but that’s okay. It is not a car for drivers and it does not claim to be. Quite comfortable and gets you where you need to go without fuss or fanfare. It’s boring, and it’s a compliment. If you don’t care about cars at all, this is probably what you should buy. And if you’re worried about cars and opt to buy something else, cheer up, simple, cheap cars like the Sandero still exist.

The Sandero has been the best-selling ‘retail’ car in Europe since 2017, with more than two million people finding homes since 2004. On the strength of the news, it deserves to remain at the forefront of sales.

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