Dacia Sandero review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Dacia Sandero 2022 interior infotainment
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 rear cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior dashboard
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior rear seats
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior infotainment
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 rear left tracking
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 badge detail
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front light detail
  •  Dacia Sandero 2022 interior front seats
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior detail
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior gearstick detail
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 boot open
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 boot open
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 rear cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior dashboard
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior rear seats
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior infotainment
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 rear left tracking
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 badge detail
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front light detail
  •  Dacia Sandero 2022 interior front seats
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior detail
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 interior gearstick detail
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 boot open
  • Dacia Sandero 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

We’ve already given the game away here, haven’t we? Yes, the Dacia Sandero is cheap. Indeed, it's the cheapest new car in Britain if you go for entry-level Essential trim. Some people own lawn mowers that cost more. We'd recommend going for top-spec Comfort trim, which is very good value compared with equivalent versions of the Skoda Fabia, let alone the surprisingly pricey Ford Fiesta.

So, is the Sandero expensive to run? Not at all. It'll lose you a lot less in depreciation over three years than its small car rivals and, because of that low sticker price, monthly repayments are cheap for those buying on PCP finance.

Even so, we’d recommend going for the range-topping Comfort trim if you can. It’s still astonishing value but comes with lots of extra toys, including electronic rear windows, heated and electronically-adjusted wing mirrors, automatic windscreen wipers, keyless entry and front fog lights. It also adds touchscreen functionality to the infotainment system.

Dacia Sandero 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

Dacia as a manufacturer placed impressively in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing in 10th place out of 32 brands. 

Every new Sandero comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is par for the course in this class. Hyundai, Renault, Kia and MG all provide longer warranties as standard, with the last two offering seven years of cover.

Overview

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.

  • Amazingly good value
  • Lots of space for passengers and luggage
  • Comfortable ride
  • Poor safety rating compared with rivals
  • There are more entertaining small cars to drive
  • Some other small cars are quieter
New car deals
Save up to £147
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Save up to £147
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