Our cars: Dacia Sandero - December

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  • Filming the Sandero's final video update. The interior stood up well to daily use

    Filming the Sandero's final video update. The interior stood up well to daily use

  • Cup holder in the Sandero gets so warm, it caused trouble for Matt's iPhone

    Cup holder in the Sandero gets so warm, it caused trouble for Matt's iPhone

  • Sandero and Sandero Stepway seem to be holding value well in the used car market

    Sandero and Sandero Stepway seem to be holding value well in the used car market

  • The Sandero now has another award to its name

    The Sandero now has another award to its name

  • Speed alert warning bongs aren't always accurate but get seriously noisy

    Speed alert warning bongs aren't always accurate but get seriously noisy

  • Dacia's tax disc comes at a cost for the first time, but it's only £30

    Dacia's tax disc comes at a cost for the first time, but it's only £30

  • Sat nav has been keeping Matthew from picking up speeding points

    Sat nav has been keeping Matthew from picking up speeding points

  • Sandero is being fuel tested this week

    Sandero is being fuel tested this week

  • Interior mirror is distracting and unnecessary

    Interior mirror is distracting and unnecessary

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Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Laureate

Week ending December 20
Mileage 7535
Driven this week 57

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I've raved about the Medianav infotainment system since the Sandero arrived. It's quick to respond, easy to use and packed with features. I thought I'd discovered them all but a recent trip out of town brought even more to light. I was heading somewhere new and had the sat-nav on when I was surprised a loud beep.

It turns out that the clever infotainment system knows where speed cameras are and warns the driver of them. Impressive for a £250 option.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com


Week ending December 13
Mileage 7478
Driven this week 450

A round trip to Manchester was a great chance to test out the Sandero's motorway-munching ability. It performed well and managed to average over 50mpg. There were a couple of niggles, though.

Firstly, the seat is a bit flat, which meant that after a couple of hours I was very ready to stretch my legs. The second annoyance was the speed of the windscreen wipers - they never quite got fast enough to sufficiently keep up with the torrential rain.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Week ending December 6
Mileage 7028
Driven this week 828

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I have been reunited with the Sandero. It's back from being fuel tested, where it's had many hundreds more miles added to the clock. I'll update you with the results when I have them.

Since I last drove the Dacia, the temperature outside has dropped dramatically. So much so, that it was the first opportunity I had to test the Sandero's heating system. We already know that the air-conditioning is very efficient, cooling the cabin very effectively.

I can report that the heater is impressive, too. The windscreen was demisted in no time and even though it was just 2C outside, I had to turn down the heater to avoid cooking myself.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

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