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.
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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
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:
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