Dacia Sandero review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

 Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD front cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD rear cornering
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD dashboard
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD rear seats
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD infotainment
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD wide front cornering
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD wide rear cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 badge
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 front light detail
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD front seats
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD heating controls
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 gearstick detail
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD boot open
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 boot open
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD front cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD rear cornering
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD dashboard
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD rear seats
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD infotainment
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD wide front cornering
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD wide rear cornering
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 badge
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 front light detail
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD front seats
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD heating controls
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 gearstick detail
  •  Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD boot open
  • Dacia Sandero 2021 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 Access trim. Some people own lawnmowers that cost more. We'd recommend going for the top-spec Comfort trim (have a look at the equipment section to see why), which is amazingly 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.

Equipment, options and extras

Entry-level Access trim is ultra-cheap, but you get ugly black bumpers, steel wheels and no air conditioning. You even miss out on remote central locking, although automatic headlights and electric front windows are included.

Essential trim adds wheel trims, body-coloured bumpers, cruise control, remote central locking and air conditioning, so it's definitely worth the extra.

However, if you can, we'd recommended going for range-topping Comfort trim. It's still astonishing value but comes with a deep pool of extra kit, including electric rear windows, rain-sensing wipers and keyless entry. That's on top of the extra infotainment goodies and visibility aids we mentioned earlier.

 Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD infotainment

Reliability

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 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.

  • Amazingly good value
  • Lots of space for passengers and luggage
  • Comfortable ride
  • Poor safety rating compared with rivals
  • Entry-level trim is very basic
  • There are quieter small cars