The Dacia Sandero has achieved a better-than-expected four-star rating in the latest batch of Euro NCAP safety tests.
The Romanian-built supermini, which sits on previous-generation Renault Clio technology, had been widely tipped to receive three stars in the tests, which include ratings for adult and child occupants, pedestrians and safety assistance systems.
However, the Sandero scored 80% for adult protection and 79% for child protection enough to overturn poorer ratings for pedestrian impacts (57%) and safety systems (55%), and deliver a four-star overall rating.
By comparison, the current Ford Fiesta manages five stars and scores 91% for adult protection, 86% for child protection, 65% for pedestrian impacts and 71% for safety assistance systems.
Other scores in the latest batch of tests include five stars for both the Chevrolet Trax and Renault Captur.