For The Dacia Sandero offers a roomy cabin and competitive running costs for an amazingly low price. The solid-feeling dashboard is easy to navigate.

Against Refinement is disappointing and the low-speed ride lumpy, while most versions get hardly any equipment. The Sandero’s safety and security test scores are below par, too.

Dacia Sandero Hatchback
33 5stars

The Dacia Sandero is far not flawless, but it’s a likeable car that offers more space than anything else in the same price range. It demands compromises, but bearable ones given the price.

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There are 7 Dacia Sandero versions available

Hatchback 1.2 Access 5dr £5,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Ambiance 5dr £6,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe Ambiance 5dr £7,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Laureate 5dr £7,995
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 Laureate 5dr £9,795
What Car? says:3 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 lively enough in this environment and keeps the price low – something that’s crucial with the Sandero. The other engines feel much stronger at motorway speeds, but they make the car more expensive to buy.

Whichever engine you choose, mid-spec Ambiance trim is the one to go for. It provides electric front windows, remote central locking, Bluetooth and a radio/CD player. Entry-level Access trim is far too basic, while range-topping Laureate cars are priced too close to more capable rivals.

Reader test team says:

Dacia Sandero Hatchback 1.2 Access 5dr

I am a firm believer in the theory that you get what you pay for in this world. Ownership for 12 months of the Dacia Ambience 1.2 has reinforced that…

Stuart Bird

3 out of 5 stars

Dacia Sandero Hatchback 0.9 TCe Stepway Ambiance 5dr

I previously drove a Kia Picanto and needed something bigger. After researching things a bit, I figured this car was exceptional value for money. I…

Lee Osborne

4 out of 5 stars

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
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