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Dacia Sandero Stepway review

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Dacia Sandero Stepway
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2 May 2017 07:59 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:52

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Sandero Stepway may not be the cheapest new car in the UK, but it is still a very low-cost option and gets all the good bits from the standard Sandero. Compared with a like-for-like Sandero hatch, the Stepway version carries a not-insignificant premium, but you do get a slightly better ride and those roof bars.

Fuel economy is fractionally worse than in the hatchback because of the Stepway’s additional weight, but it’s unlikely to cost you much more in real-world conditions.

Like the standard model, the Sandero Stepway should hold onto its value quite well. All Sanderos come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, as well as a two-year paintwork guarantee and a six-year anti-corrosion policy.

Ambiance is decently equipped but still misses out on lots of luxuries, while for a higher price you can opt for Lauréate and get goodies such as a reversing camera and a touchscreen infotainment system.

The Sandero scored a four-star safety rating in Euro NCAP testing, but it doesn’t have a lot of modern safety systems, such as autonomous emergency braking and blindspot monitoring, that are in many rivals. A tyre pressure monitor, stability control and four airbags comes as standard.

Security experts Thatcham Research has yet to publish its results on how well the Sandero Stepway guards against thieves.

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Dacia Sandero Stepway
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Verdict

The Dacia Sandero Stepway adds a better ride to the Sandero hatchback’s cheap and cheerful formula

  • Outstanding value
  • Decent ride
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Poor driving dynamics
There are 4 trims available for the Sandero Stepway hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Laureate
Lauréate trim brings a touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors and cruise control. It pushes up the price considerably, but this range-topping Sandero is still temptingly priced...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£10,473
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Comfort
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Essential
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Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£8,695
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OUR PICK
Ambiance
This trim makes the most sense. It’s still sensibly priced but gets important features such as air conditioning, a DAB radio, remote central locking, electric front windows and Bluetooth...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£8,700
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