Dacia Sandero 1.0 TCe Bi-Fuel Essential 5dr Review

Category: Small car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP£10,395
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 is a slightly more powerful version of the TCe three-cylinder that can also run on LPG. You can switch between petrol and LPG using a switch next to your knee or you can let the system automatically switch between the two fuel sources. With both tanks brimmed, it offers a range of over 800 miles. With 99bhp (compared to the TCe 90’s 89bhp) it feels quite a bit punchier throughout the rev range.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH11.6 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/LPG
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

52.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

328

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

123

g/km

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