What's the used Dacia Sandero Stepway hatchback like?
The tastes of buyers are changing; gone are the days when just a small car would do. Thanks to the popularity of SUVs, even traditional cars are being garnished with off-road additions to make them more desirable. Take the Dacia Sandero hatchback; add a raised ride height and the rugged styling of a 4x4 and you get this: the Sandero Stepway.
Pseudo off-road small cars are rare on the used market, but examples are starting to grow in number in used car showrooms. The Fiat Panda 4x4 is probably one of the best known, but there’s also the Suzuki Ignis and Ford Ecosport
The engine range is quite straightforward: a 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel. The petrol is generally quiet in everyday driving and is reasonably efficient. The diesel will do more miles per gallon and a greater torque figure makes it more relaxing to drive.
Unlike the regular Sandero, though, the Stepway variant doesn’t come in an ultra-low-priced entry-level model. This means the range starts with Ambiance and finishes with Lauréate. Ambiance comes with all the basics such as 16in alloy wheels, a DAB radio, air-con and driver’s seat height adjustment. Lauréate adds a trip computer, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, a height-adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable door mirrors and electric rear windows.