Our cars: Dacia Sandero - November

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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 November 29
Mileage 6200
Driven this week 100

The Sandero is off being emissions tested this week.

Since we first got the Sandero, the fuel efficiency figure has improved. On the first couple of tanks of petrol we achieved figures in the low 30s.

But, recently we have managed to average 51.2mpg and a particularly impressive 55.8mpg - that's within 1mpg of the official figure of 56.5mpg.

That should improve our average figure which is currently languishing around the mid-40s.

Let's see what the latest tests reveal.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

Week ending November 22
Mileage 6100
Driven this week 100

Read the full Dacia Sandero review

The Sandero is back from Dacia. The chipped windscreen has been replaced and the Bluetooth handsfree system has been investigated. 

Unfortunately, it seems that there is nothing wrong with it. On UK cars it's normal for the audio to come out from the speaker on the nearside door. The system hasn't been changed in the switch from left- to right-hand-drive. 

Dacia is getting in touch with the factory to see if this will be changed in the future. Watch this space.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Week ending November 15

Mileage 6000
Driven this week 0

The Sandero is due back any day now. In the meantime, the Logan has taken its place.

The driving experience is very similar to the Sandero; the biggest difference comes when trying to stop. I've noticed that the brakes aren't quite as effective as on the Sandero probably due to the extra weight.

I've got used to it now, but at first it resulted in me having to brake more sharply than usual, much to the surprise of other commuters.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com



Week ending November 1

Mileage 6000
Driven this week 0

The Sandero was due to come back from Dacia. Unfortunately on the trip to What Car? HQ, a stone hit the windscreen cracking it. Now the Sandero has gone back to Dacia to have the windscreen replaced. So we still have the Logan.

The boot is huge but we're not sure that's enough of a redeeming factor. The back-to-basics style works for the smaller Sandero but we all thought that instead of going for a Logan we'd probably choose a second-hand Octavia instead for the better driving experience and improved refinement.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com


Week ending November 1
Mileage 6000
Driven this week 133

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the car in the picture is not a Sandero. My long-termer has gone back to Dacia to have the Bluetooth system checked over. In the meantime we've been lent a Logan.

From the driver's seat, everything is very familiar. The big change is at the back. The boot is enormous, it's a metre deep and has a capacity of 573 litres with the rear seats up. You get a lot of car for your money.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Dacia Sandero - October

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