Dacia is keen to shout about the Sandero’s incredible entry-level price, because it’s by far the cheapest option in the small car class.
All the engines are claimed to cost you little in the way of fuel, and while the diesel promises the most miles to the gallon (80.7mpg), even the 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol can manage a claimed 57.6mpg. We've yet to put the latest Sandero through our real-world True MPG test, however.
Most buyers will be put off by decidedly spartan entry-level Access trim and will instead opt for one of the higher models. The Sandero starts to look less attractive as the prices rise, but it's still very good value compared with equivalent rivals.
In percentage terms, the Sandero looks to hold onto its value well compared with other cars, but remember that because you don’t pay much for it in the first place, you won't end up with much cash in your pocket when you sell.
Dacia Sandero equipment
Unless you're interested in spending as little as possible on a new car, avoid entry-level Access trim. It takes basic to the extreme, missing out on air conditioning, central locking, a radio and even painted bumpers.
Mid-range Ambiance probably makes the most sense. It’s still very keenly priced but gets features such as air-con, remote locking, electric front windows and Bluetooth. If you like your luxuries, though, Lauréate might be more for you. It adds a touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control, although this pushes the price up considerably. Electric rear windows and leather seats are on the options list.
Dacia Sandero reliability
Dacia didn’t fare too well in our latest reliability survey, although the Sandero is made of parts that have been tried and tested in some Renault models.
All Sanderos come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, as well as a two-year paintwork guarantee and six-year anti-corrosion policy. It’s possible to extend your warranty to five years or seven years if you're prepared to pay extra. Breakdown assistance is provided as part of the warranty.
For a very small fee, you can add three years' worth of puncture and misfuelling cover, as well as cover for if you accidently lock your keys inside the car.
Dacia Sandero safety & security
All Sanderos come with a tyre pressure monitor, stability control and four airbags as standard, but this is the bare minimum you'd expect on any modern car. Forget about important modern safety aids, such as automatic emergency braking and blindspot monitoring – these things aren't even available as options.
The Sandero managed only four stars (out of five) in its Euro NCAP crash test, whereas the best small cars have five-star scores. Security leaves a lot to be desired, with no alarm to deter thieves.
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