The modelRead full 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. For practicality, it’s actually one of the best in the class. 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.
The trimSee full equipment
This is the most expensive trim but it’s still incredibly cheap, and you get a lot of kit. It includes (over and above Essential trim) electric rear windows, heated and electronically-adjustable wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring and keyless entry.
The engineSee full engine specs
This turbocharged engine has 89bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox (with the option of a CVT automatic), which will zip you from 0-62mph in 11.7sec. Yes, that’s about a second slower than rivals like the Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 95 and Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95, but it doesn’t feel slow. It has plenty of low- and mid-range shove for keeping up with traffic and revs out eagerly when you give it full beans.
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