Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Audible lights on warning
  • Bluetooth system
  • PAS
  • Rev counter

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • 4x20W radio/CD/MP3 with aux input and fingertip controls
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • 3 speed windscreen wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome headlight surround
  • Chrome Honeycomb front grille
  • Electric front windows + drivers one touch
  • Heated rear window
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted windows

Interior Features

  • 12V power point for rear passengers
  • 12V power point front
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Boot light
  • Cerite cloth upholstery
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Front passenger grab handle
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
  • Two tone door panels dark carbon/light grey

Safety

  • ABS + EBD + EBA
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Door open warning
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Automatic door locking
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • Chrome instrument dials
  • Piano black air vents
  • Satin chrome centre console surround

Wheels

  • 15" steel wheels

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

130

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1149

Compression Ratio

9.8:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

69

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

76.8

Engine Code

D4F 732

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

48.7

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

57.7

EC Urban (mpg)

38

General

Badge Engine CC

1.2

Badge Power

75

Based On ID

Coin Description

16V

Coin Series

Ambience

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

3E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

2

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

14.5

Engine Power - BHP

73

Engine Power - KW

54

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

79

Engine Torque - MKG

10.9

Engine Torque - NM

107

Engine Torque - RPM

4250

Top Speed

101

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

185/65/ R15

Tyre Size Rear

185/65/ R15

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1519

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4069

Wheelbase

2589

Width

1733

Width (including mirrors)

1994

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1505

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1200

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

320

Max. Loading Weight

525

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1050

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

525

Minimum Kerbweight

980

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.68

Summary

The Dacia Sandero remains an interesting car. Yes, you can buy it as a super stripped-out bargain basement item for around £6,000 but most of us want a few more creature comforts. Like the Duster, Dacia has very carefully worked the specifications list so that the super-low baseline model price tag draws customers into dealers where they will then realise that the car they actually want is the range-topper. So how will this improved Sandero fare? Pretty well, we think. Even if you do migrate to the comparatively well equipped Laureate model, you'll still not be paying big money. Especially when you bear in mind that the opening price for a smaller five-door Vauxhall Corsa with air conditioning can easily be over £14,000. For more than £5,000 less, you get a top specification Sandero. Couched in those terms, the good news is that this Dacia is a bit of a no-brainer.

Background

Sometimes, I think I must have been born in the wrong era. Is it just me - or does everything these days seem to cost rather more than it should? Take the purchase of a compact family car, the kind most people want, with room for up to five, a modern engine and a decent-sized 300-litre boot. Today, the mainstream makers have decreed that you'll pay from £14,000 to £15,000 for such a thing. But one brand disagrees. Dacia. For much less than half those kinds of asking figures, this Renault-owned Romanian marque can bring you this car, the Sandero. Let's check out this revised version.

Driving Experience

Probably the most important news here is that Dacia has finally pensioned off the old 1.2-litre 16V 75bhp petrol engine that used to prop up the Sandero line-up. In its place is a far peppier and more efficient 1.0-litre SCe 75 three cylinder unit. The well-proven TCe 90 petrol and dCi 90 diesel engines continue to be available across the revised range. You're probably going to want them too as performance from the SCe 75 powerplant is rather leisurely, the rest to 62mph sprint occupying 14.2s. The TCe 90 derivative improves that showing to 11.1s, while with the dCi 90, it's 11.8s. As before, this car is built tough. How many other superminis are promoted as having excellent ground clearance enabling them to take on all kinds of road conditions with ""robust underbody protection for impressive performance on unpaved tracks""? I've experienced the roads in this car's home state of Romania and if this Dacia can cope with them, it shouldn't have any problems with our potholes and speed humps - though I should point out that models produced for the brand's home market actually ride 14mm higher than our Sanderos.

Design and Build

So where does the Dacia Sandero fit, sizewise? That very much depends on how you position the car. On price, you'd have to say it's competing with city cars but in terms of the amount of metal you get, it's actually sized somewhere between a Fiesta-sized supermini and a Focus-sized family hatch. In other words, for the kind of money being asked, the interior and exterior dimensions are very generous indeed, with the ordinary five-door hatchback Sandero offering 1436mm of rear elbow room, giving enough space to seat three adults comfortably or install three child seats. Boot volume is 320-litres (slightly more than a Ford Focus) which is extremely good for this class and there's a 60/40 split fold rear seat to improve practicality still further. We should talk about the changes made to this revised model which gets a revised front end design showcasing Dacia's new lighting signature flanking a revised honeycombed grille. The interior's smarter too, with satin-effect chrome finishing to lift the dashboard, a revised steering wheel and some softer-touch surfaces on upper-spec variants. Dacia has even moved the electric window switches from the centre console to a more conventional place on the doors. As before, the cabin offers plenty of storage, notably via a central cubby box. The oddments spaces in the front and rear doors are large enough to house a 1.5-litre and 0.5-litre bottle respectively. As before, there's the option of a crossover-like Sandero Stepway bodystyle with raised suspension and roofbars.

Market and Model

So how much are you going to end up paying? Believe it or not, from around just £6,000. That makes the Sandero the cheapest car you can buy. It undercuts other much smaller budget models such as the Suzuki Celerio by around £1,000 and offers more space inside. For some perspective, in size, this car is somewhere between a Fiesta-shaped supermini and a Focus-sized family hatch. So you get the idea. It really is hard to argue with this kind of value proposition. There's only a single five-door hatchback bodystyle but it does come in either standard form or as the 'Sandero Stepway', a variant that dresses up this design with a bit more SUV-style attitude and offers a higher ride height. Go shopping at the lower end of the standard hatch range and you can't expect too much in terms of standard equipment, though things have improved in that regard with this revised model. Most variants get a DAB radio and you no longer have to stretch right top the top of the range for air conditioning - it's now standard from the 'Ambiance' level upwards. As before, the entry-level 'Access' versions come only with the base SCe 75 petrol engine and are equipped with manual windows all round. For this kind of money of course, you might expect to have to have to wind up your windows yourself and do without things like body-coloured bumpers or remote central locking, but it may be a shock to find that you don't even get a radio or something as basic as a passenger grab handle - and that the only colour on offer is white. Still, all these things are of course available on the plusher Sandero models that most British customers will choose.

Cost of Ownership

Given that much of a new car's cost of ownership is swallowed up in depreciation, it makes perfect sense to minimise your financial exposure in the first instance if you want to keep a cap on bills. If you've paid around £6,000 for a Sandero and it sheds half of its value in three years, you're still only three grand in the hole. And £1,000 per year in depreciation is something most new car owners can only dream of. In fact, I have a suspicion the Sandero will do a lot better than that, because the public is getting wise to the Dacia brand and the engines on offer in this car all offer decent economy and low emissions. The TCe 90 petrol unit is the zippiest and even that will return a combined fuel figure of 57.6mpg and emissions of 109g/km. The 1.0-litre SCe petrol engine that comes with that headline-grabbing price tag doesn't fare quite so well at 54.3mpg and 117g/km but that's not going to send many of you to the wall. Go diesel and you're looking at 80.7mpg and 90g/km - a truly excellent showing. All new Sanderos come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever is reached sooner). Rather than forcing buyers to pay a premium for a longer warranty they might not want, Dacia's offers them the option to extend their warranty should they wish.