How to spec a Dacia Sandero
However, buying a budget-priced Sandero doesn't mean you have to go without all creature comforts. Here's our guide to speccing a Sandero without losing the most attractive feature – its price.
Which engine should you go for?
Buyers can choose from three engines. There is a 1.5-litre diesel unit that offers decent fuel economy, but is noisy and unrefined. There are also two petrols: the entry-level 1.2-litre and a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
All models have stable steering and are capable on the motorway. However, all the engines are noisy and there is plenty of wind- and tyre noise at speed.
The 1.2 petrol is our pick of the range. It produces 74bhp and gets from 0-62mph in a steady 14.5 seconds. It has average economy 48.7mpg and emits 135g/km of CO2.
Which trim should you go for?
Three trims are available: Access, Ambiance and Laureate. Entry-level Access trim is best avoided – it doesn't even get a radio or remote central locking. It really is the most basic and it shows in the big black bumpers, door handles and wing mirrors
Ambiance gets remote locking, electric front windows, Bluetooth and body-coloured bumpers. Laureate adds air-conditioning, electric rear windows and cruise control.
Our pick is the Ambiance version. You do without height-adjustable seats, electric rear windows and air-conditioning (which is not even available as an option) but it does meet the most important requirement when speccing a Sandero – it keeps the price down.
Which options should you pick?
If you go with the Ambiance, there are only a few options available: metallic paint, alloy wheels, emergency spare wheel, protection pack (which adds rear parking sensors) and touring pack. We wouldn't recommend any of them as must-have additions.
Air-conditioning doesn't even appear on the options list – it is available only on top-level Laureate trim, which is too pricey for the Sandero.
If you want to improve the looks of your Sandero, you might want to add alloy wheels, but we would do without.
All cars come with traction control and four airbags.
Dacia Sandero 1.2 16v 75 Ambiance
Dacia Sandero 1.2 16v 75 Ambiance - £6595
What should you pay?
Dacia is not offering discounts on its cars, saying that the prices are low enough already. The price on the sticker is the price you pay.
By Matthew Burrow