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Dacia Sandero review

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Dacia Sandero
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4 Jan 2017 00:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:24

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Dacia Sandero hatchback front space

Where the Sandero leaves most of the small car class trailing is in interior space. The driver and front passenger have a huge amount of both leg and head room, and enough shoulder room that it never feels claustrophobic.

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There’s a useful cubby between the front seats in front of the gearlever; it's big enough to take a wallet, a set of house keys or your mobile phone. Each front door has a pocket, but not a particularly big one, so only smaller water bottles will fit.

The Sandero’s glovebox is also a decent size, allowing you to store more than just the car’s manual.

Dacia Sandero hatchback rear space

Very few other small cars provide as much space for its passengers in the back. Head room is extremely generous, while leg room is very good by small car standards. Your rear passgengers will certainly feel more comfortable than they would in a Ford Ka+.

There are no pockets on the front seatbacks for transporting maps, though, and although the rear doors have pockets for storing things, they are really quite small.

As good as the Sandero is, shoulder room will be tight for three adults in the back. At least the middle passenger doesn’t have much of a central tunnel to straddle.

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Dacia Sandero hatchback seating flexibility

The fact that the Sandero’s seats split 60/40 and fold almost flat is useful, but this is par for the course in the small car class.

There’s no option to fold the front passenger seats flat to allow for longer items to be slid inside and the front passenger’s seat doesn’t get height adjustment – even if you go for range-topping Lauréate trim.

Dacia Sandero hatchback boot space

The Sandero’s boot is mightily impressive. It’s actually one of the largest in the small car class, being quite a bit roomier than a Suzuki Swift’s and Ford Ka+’s, and only slightly smaller than a Skoda Fabia's.

Although there aren’t any really clever touches, such as a variable-height boot floor, there’s easily enough room for the weekly groceries, plus a couple of bag hooks. There is a boot lip to negotiate, but the boot opening is nice and wide, so it’s fairly easy to load bulky items.

 

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There are 5 trims available for the Sandero hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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Avoid this one unless you really can't push the budget any higher. It misses out on air-conditioning, central locking, a radio, and you don't even get painted bumpers....View trim
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Laureate trim brings a touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors and cruise control. It pushes up the price considerably, but this range-topping Sandero is still temptingly priced....View trim
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