Dacia Sandero review

Category: Small car

Section: Passenger & boot space

 Dacia Sandero 2021 RHD rear seats
  • 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:
  • Front space
  • Rear space
  • Seat folding and flexibility
  • Boot space

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The Dacia Sandero is one of the biggest cars in the small car class. In fact, it almost matches the Honda Jazz for head room and actually beats it for leg room. The Sandero's interior is relatively broad, too. In short, you’d have to be mighty big to feel cramped (some of our testers are well over six feet tall and didn’t have any problems).

There’s a good amount of storage space on board, including a large glovebox, a couple of cupholders, reasonable-sized door bins and various other cubbies.  

The Honda Jazz, in contrast, offers all sorts of clever features, including rear seat bases that flip up like those in a cinema. Then again, the Jazz costs nearly twice as much as the Sandero to buy.

Boot space

While the design of the Dacia Sandero's boot could be improved by reducing the size of the lip at the entrance, you can’t argue with its size. Officially, there's 328 litres of space below the parcel shelf, and we managed to fit six carry-on suitcases inside. That's more than in any other car in the class, including the Tardis-like Honda Jazz.

There is some exposed bodywork around the boot entrance that's easy to scuff and scratch when lifting heavy items in and out (we'd recommend investing in some protective film to stop that happening).