Dacia Sandero 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr Review

Category: Small car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP£8,995
Review

Often the verdict for a car costing this little would be ‘cheap but not great’. Not here, though, because the Dacia Sandero is a fine small car to spend time in and is actually above average in many areas. For practicality, it’s actually one of the best in the class. Entry-level Access trim is a bit too stripped out for most people, but the top level Comfort trim with either the TCe 90 or TCe 100 Bi-Fuel engine is a great all-round package for very little outlay. Only a disappointing Euro NCAP safety score lets the side down.

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Essential trim adds wheel trims, body-coloured bumpers, cruise control, central locking, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a front centre armrest, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and air-con. It's worth considering, but range-topping Comfort trim is worth the extra.

This naturally aspirated 1.0-litre has just 64bhp. Even without driving it (we’ll let you know when we have) we are pretty confident it’ll be slow (0-62mph takes a pedestrian 16.7sec) and worth avoiding. Officially it offers the same economy and emissions as the more expensive TCe 90.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH16.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

53.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

328

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

120

g/km

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