What's the used Dacia Sandero hatchback like?
The Dacia Sandero has always honed in on affordability, remaining cheap and cheerful through all three generations (the first wasn't sold in the UK).
We mean that as a huge compliment. It’s a cut-price small car hero rather than a bargain-bin disappointment. What's more, this current version is even better than the 2013-2020 Sandero and makes a superb used buy.
Next up you have Essential, which is noticeably better equipped. It comes with body-coloured bumpers, 15in wheels with wheel trims, automatic LED headlights, cruise control with a speed limiter, manual air conditioning, DAB radio and Bluetooth capabilities.
Finally, there’s Comfort. You get an impressive amount of kit with this one, including electric rear windows, heated and electronically-adjustable wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring and keyless entry.
On the road, the Sandero pleases with relatively soft suspension, which smoothes out creases and folds in the road without bouncing you around in your seat nauseatingly. Sure, some other small cars are even comfier but they will most definitely demand a higher premium.
The Sandero isn’t the most exciting car to pedal down a twisting B-road. It handles well enough, though. There is 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.
The Sandero’s interior is a smart, though modest, affair. The plastics in the Sandero are appealing enough to look at, and there's some tasteful fabric trim on the dashboard to lift the ambience. Plus, if you go for Comfort trim, you'll get some chrome interior highlights and a 'soft feel' steering wheel, which does a good impression of leather.
As one of the largest cars in the small car class, the Sandero is pleasingly spacious for front and rear passengers. There’s also a good amount of storage space on board, including a large glovebox, two cupholders, reasonable-sized door bins and other cubbies. The design of the boot could be improved by reducing the size of the lip at the entrance, but you can’t argue with its size.