New Dacia Sandero Review

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  • Spacious
  • Turbo engine feels lively
  • Top-spec models are great value
  • Cheap models have no radio
  • Rivals are sharper to drive
  • Interior is dated
52.3 - 80.7
CO2 emissions
98 - 123 g/km
First year road tax
£150 - £170
Safety rating

The Dacia Sandero is one of the cheapest cars on sale in the UK. The Ford Ka+, Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10 rival it on price, but the Sandero is bigger than all of them.

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Inside, the Dacia Sandero isn’t the last word in style but has a tried and tested layout that’s easy to navigate and the materials used feel like they can sustain years of abuse, even if some are quite cheap to the touch. Passenger space is impressive for a car of this size and the boot is almost the biggest in class.

“Decent” perfectly describes the way the Dacia Sandero drives – it has enough grip most of the time and it rides nicely on most roads. It’s not as engaging as a Fiesta or as comfortable as a VW Polo, but is nevertheless a perfectly acceptable way to get from A to B.

In terms of the Sandero’s engines, the 1.5-litre diesel offers impressive fuel economy, but its higher price needs to be justified by lots of motorway miles. If you plan on driving the Dacia Sandero mostly in the city then the 0.9-litre petrol is the better option – it is cheaper to buy, sounds nicer and moves the Sandero relatively eagerly. The new 1.0-litre petrol is the cheapest to buy, but lags behind the other engine choices for performance.

From the three equipment levels, the mid-spec Ambiance has the best blend of standard equipment and asking price. The basic Access is truly basic, with no remote central locking, air-con or even a stereo, while the top-of-the-range Laureate adds nice touches such as metallic paint and alloy wheels.

It’s a no-nonsense means of transport

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The Dacia Sandero is a perfect budget purchase, mainly thanks to just how much car you get for such little outlay – there are better cars out there, particularly if you’re willing to buy used, but if you simply need a warrantied cheap town runabout, the Dacia Sandero deserves a test drive.

If you want a more in-depth guide to the Dacia Sandero, look through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of savings you can expect on a Sandero, visit our deals page.

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