Our Dacia Sandero Review

By Libby Foster
Our Dacia Sandero Review
The Dacia Sandero is a Romanian brand owned by a French vehicle manufacturer (Renault), yet its name is Greek. It means "fighter," and we must acknowledge that it battles hard to provide drivers with good value for money.

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In fact, no matter how hard we try, we can't conceive of a new little car that competes on pricing as fiercely. Even the entry-level Sandero is many thousand pounds cheaper than the MG 3. Skoda does not provide a Fabia that comes close to this level of cost-cutting.

So, it’s inexpensive. But is it a case of you getting what you pay for? You could be thinking, "Oh yes," if you have any experience with the previous Dacia Sandero (2013-2020). But for this most recent Sandero model, you may disregard all of that. It is fully modern on the inside and, in some ways, its style is even more cutting-edge because it is based on the current Renault Clio. So, let’s take a closer look at the Dacia Sandero together. 

Dacia Sandero Drive

The Sandero is available with two variations of Dacia's turbocharged 1.0-litre TCe engine: the TCe 90 petrol and the TCe 100 Bi-Fuel. The former, which has a reasonable 0-60 mph time of 11.0 seconds and a six-speed manual transmission (with the option of a CVT automatic), produces a solid 89 horsepower. The Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 and Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 95 are both faster than that, yet it doesn't feel any slower. To keep up with traffic, there is a lot of low- and mid-range shove.

The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel model has a bit more power (99 bhp) and can run on both standard unleaded fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It feels stronger from low engine speeds while operating on LPG than the conventional TCe 90 and, more importantly, is smoother and quieter. It is our favourite option in the range as a result.

As opposed to the Citroen C3, which bounces you around in your seat nauseatingly, the Sandero's suspension is reasonably gentle, smoothing out folds and wrinkles in the road.

Dacia Sandero Interior 

A height-adjustable driver's seat, a centre armrest, and a steering wheel are standard on both trim levels of the Dacia Sandero. It shouldn't be difficult for you to feel at ease while driving.

The instrument dials will also be easy to view, and all of the dashboard settings, including those for the manual air conditioning, are straightforward to understand. The Sandero outperforms several posher competitors in this area. For instance, the Peugeot 208 includes difficult-to-use touch-sensitive dashboard buttons.

Dacia Sandero Space

One of the largest vehicles in the compact car category is the Dacia Sandero. It has more headroom than the Honda Jazz and more legroom. The Sandero's cabin is also fairly roomy. In other words, you would need to be very large to feel crowded.

The Sandero is among the roomiest small vehicles when it comes to back capacity, just like it is for front space. Six-footers will still have space between their knees and the seat in front even though there isn't quite as much legroom as in the Jazz.

Dacia Sandero

Although the size of the lip at the entry of the Sandero boot may be reduced, you can't argue with its size. Officially, the space beneath the parcel shelf is 328 litres. More than any other vehicle in its class, including the Jazz's Tardis-like design, that is.

MWVCs Verdict 

When a car costs this little, the judgement is frequently "cheap but not terrific." But not here, since the Dacia Sandero is a pleasant little car to spend time in. It truly ranks among the finest in its class for practicality. For relatively little money, the top Comfort trim with either the TCe 90 or TCe 100 Bi-Fuel engine is a terrific all-around combo.

At MWVC, we provide a range of Dacia Sandero car leasing offers to satisfy every driver's requirements when it comes to picking the ideal vehicle for themselves or their business. Our skilled sales team can help you locate the best deal whether you're looking to lease a car for personal or commercial use. Are you still unsure about whether renting a car is the right choice for you? Call 0116 259 9548, and one of our employees will be happy to help you.

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