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New Dacia Sandero vs used Volkswagen Polo: practicality

The Sandero is Britain's cheapest new car, and gives you a huge amount for your money, but would you be better off spending a similar amount on a three-year-old Polo?...

Dacia Sandero rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Up front, both cars offer loads of space, plus they're surprisingly roomy in the back for 'small cars', allowing a six-footer to sit behind a similarly sized driver.

However, the Dacia Sandero has the edge for rear head and knee room, and its interior is significantly wider, so it's the more comfortable car when you have three people sitting side by side.

Volkswagen Polo rear seats

Earning the Volkswagen Polo a few points back is the fact that its rear door bins are generously sized, whereas the Sandero’s are smaller and less useful.

On the other hand, while the Polo's boot is officially bigger, it's not as well shaped, so we actually managed to fit an extra carry-on suitcase in the boot of the Sandero. Both cars feature 60/40 split folding rear seats as standard.

Boot space

Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero boot

Boot 328 litres Suitcases 6

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo boot

Boot 351 litres Suitcase capacity 5

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