Dacia Sandero review

Category: Small car

Section: Driving

Dacia Sandero 2022 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Dacia offers two versions of its turbocharged 1.0-litre TCe engine for the Sandero: a TCe 90 petrol and a TCe 100 Bi-Fuel. The former offers up a healthy 89bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox (with the option of a CVT automatic), and in our tests managed 0-60mph in a respectable 11.0sec. That’s slightly slower than the Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 95 and Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95, but it doesn't feel slow at all. There’s plenty of low and mid-range shove to help you keep up with traffic.

The Bi-Fuel version (badged TCe 100 Bi-Fuel) benefits from a bit more power (99bhp) and can run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as regular unleaded. When running on LPG, it feels stronger from low engine speeds than the standard TCe 90 and, crucially, is also smoother and quieter. For that reason, it’s our pick of the range. 

Indeed, if you want a small car with a noticeably comfier ride, you’ll need to spend a lot more cash because it’s only cars such as the Peugeot 208 and Polo that offer more polish on really calloused roads.

Dacia Sandero 2022 rear cornering

Handling

It’s fair to say that the Sandero isn’t the most exciting car to pedal down a twisting B-road. If you want thrills, buy a Ford Fiesta (used if you can't stretch to a new one), which is a cracking little car to drive.

The Sandero is absolutely fit for purpose, though. Sure, there’s some body lean through tight twists and turns, but there's a decent amount of grip and the steering weights up enough through bends to give you confidence at higher speeds.

Noise and vibration

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