Our cars: Dacia Sandero - April

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Dacia Sandero
Dacia Sandero
Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Laureate

Week ending April 26
Mileage 2383
Driven this week 33 miles

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Getting behind the wheel of our Dacia Sandero for the first time this week, one of the things that struck me was how well the car suits its price.

Over the past month, some of the more expensive cars I’ve driven simply haven’t done so – and in many respects it’s the basic things that get missed. Whether it’s a stylish supermini with an unacceptably baggy gearbox or a luxury grand tourer with some disappointingly low-quality switchgear, it’s frustrating when significant parts of a car don’t live up to its asking price.

The entry-level Sandero is the cheapest new car in the UK, so of course it’s not especially refined and unsurprisingly the interior quality is nowhere near that of its competitors.

However, the little Dacia gets most of the basics right, and when many pricier cars aren’t even doing that, it’s hard to feel anything but respect for its bargain motoring proposition.

By Ed Callow

Week ending April 12
Mileage 2350
Miles this week 500

I drove the diesel version of the Sandero for the first time this week and wasn’t all that impressed.

It uses the same 1.5-litre engine as the latest Renault Clio, but in the Dacia it’s nowhere near as refined; you feel far more tremors through the pedals and steering wheel, and have to put up with a lot more noise.

True, the Sandero is by far the cheapest diesel car on sale in Britain, but I reckon if you’re going to do the number of miles to justify a diesel, you’ll want something quieter and generally better to drive. Even if that means buying used.

The Sandero makes much more sense as a cheap petrol runaround.


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