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 up front, and enough shoulder room that it never feels claustrophobic.
There’s a useful cubby between the front seats in front of the gearlever, which is big enough to take a wallet, a set of house keys or your mobile phone. Each front door has a door 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 rear space
Very few other small cars provide as much space for its passengers in the back. Head room is extremely generous, and 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.
At least the middle passenger in the back doesn’t have much of a central tunnel to straddle. As good as the Sandero is, shoulder room will be tight for three adults.
Dacia Sandero 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 easily inside, and the front passenger’s seat doesn’t get height adjustment – even if you go for range-topping Laureate trim.
Dacia Sandero 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 bigger than a Suzuki Swift’s and a 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 inside, plus a couple of bag hooks. There is a boot lip to negotiate, but the Sandero’s boot opening is nice and wide so it’s fairly easy to load bulky items.