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For The Dacia Sandero offers a practical, roomy cabin and competitive running costs for an amazingly low price. The engines are strong enough and the solid-feeling dash is simple to use.

Against Refinement is poor and the low-speed ride lumpy, while the entry-level trim gets very little kit.

Dacia Sandero Hatchback
44 5stars

The Dacia Sandero is not flawless, but it's a likeable car that offers more space and practicality than anything in the same price range. It demands compromises, but acceptable ones given the price.

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There are 11 Dacia Sandero versions available

Hatchback 1.2 Access 5dr £5,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Ambiance 5dr £6,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe Ambiance 5dr £7,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Laureate 5dr £7,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe Stepway Ambiance 5dr £8,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr £8,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe Laureate 5dr £8,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Stepway Ambiance 5dr £9,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Laureate 5dr £9,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe Stepway Laureate 5dr £9,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Stepway Laureate 5dr £10,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

If you do most of your driving in town, the 1.2-litre petrol engine is the one to go for because it feels pretty lively in this environment and keeps the price low – something that’s crucial with the Sandero. The other engines feel significantly stronger at motorway speeds but they are more expensive.

Whichever engine you choose, mid-spec Ambiance trim is the one to go for because it provides most of the essentials (remote locking, electric front windows, Bluetooth) for a reasonable price. The entry-level trim is just too basic, while range-topping Laureate cars are priced too close to more capable superminis.

Don't opt for the rugged-looking Stepway model under the illusion that it's got off-road potential. It does deliver a more supple ride due to its raised ride height, but it's front-wheel drive just like the rest of the Sandero range.

Reader test team says:

Dacia Sandero Hatchback 1.2 Ambiance 5dr

Bought this car as a replacement for Fiat Stilo, so moved down a car class. It does most of what the 10 yr old Stilo used to do, slightly smaller in…

simon Kelsey

4 out of 5 stars

Dacia Sandero Hatchback 1.2 Laureate 5dr

Fantastic space & practicality for the price. Ok, its not exactly quick but that aside its decent to drive, comfortable, rides well, more refined than…

John Pitt

4 out of 5 stars

Dacia Sandero Hatchback 1.2 Access 5dr

After research I advised my wife to by a Sandero 1.2 Ambience to replace her 10 year old Daewoo Matiz with which she was pleased. We have not…

Martin Wood

5 out of 5 stars

Dacia Sandero Hatchback 1.2 Access 5dr

I bought this model simply because it is absurdly cheap to buy and it is possibly the most basic but entirely adequate new car available.No electrics…

TREVOR LYONS

3 out of 5 stars
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