The Dacia Sandero Stepway’s interior is spacious for a car of this price, but it’s also bland to look at, cheap feeling and lacks any kind of clever technology
The Dacia’s interior is the equivalent of a supermarket’s own-brand packaging – there are no frills, fancy trim pieces or inspiring designs, but it does do exactly what it’s supposed to.
On Ambiance models you get some fake, satin-chrome highlights, a wealth of cheap plastics and Dark Carbon upholstery that looks cheap but does mask stains well.
Laureate cars get a little more silvery plastic around the heaters controls, while SE Summit cars swap black for orange upholstery and drop the satin trim in favour of Burnt Orange pieces that – like a fake tan – won’t be for everyone.
On the upside, you’re unlikely to find the Sandero’s dashboard difficult to use. The Stepway’s back-to-basics nature keeps buttons to a minimum and the switches that are there are logically laid out.
You can have Asporo (man-made) leather seats for £500, but there’s little point unless you want to make the interior easier to clean. Dacia will also sell you floor mats – basic ones are £25 and rubberised items will set you back £40, but a trip to Halfords will see you pay half that.
The Stepway’s raised suspension means elderly relatives will have less of a struggle clambering into the back
There’s only one infotainment system available, and you’ll have to buy a Laureate or SE Summit Sandero Stepway to get it. It’s a simple system – the graphics are clear and the menus are easy to navigate. The touchscreen is a little tricky to use on the move, particularly because it’s mounted low in the cabin – but a fixed control knob, like you get in a BMW, would be too much to ask for at this price.
The same goes for the stereo. It has four speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, an AUX plug and a USB socket, but that’s about it. Unsurprisingly, the sound is tinny and there’s no option to upgrade.