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Used Dacia Sandero 2021-present review review

Category: Small car

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What is it like?

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  • Dacia Sandero 2022 front cornering
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Used Dacia Sandero 2021-present review review
Star rating

What's the used Dacia Sandero hatchback like?

It isn't always the blockbuster movies that stick with us, but sometimes small-scale projects with strong visions behind them. Take the first Rocky film; its modest budget of around a million dollars didn't stop it from packing a punch. And you know what else packs a reasonably priced punch? A used Dacia Sandero. 

It's a cut-price small car hero (rather than a bargain-bin disappointment), and this latest version is even better than its predecessor

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 or polished 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 – while suitably light around town and too light and indirect at mid-range speeds – weights up enough to give you confidence at motorway 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.