Dacia Sandero

 dacia sandero

SANDERO HATCHBACK - 1.0 SCe Access 5dr



BEST PRICE

£6,175 

COMPARE DACIA SANDERO VARIATION PRICES


Cheaper versions of Dacia's Sandero used to be difficult to justify thanks to outdated engine technology. Now, this car features a much more modern 75bhp 1.0 SCe petrol unit at the foot of the range. Jonathan Crouch reports


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
SANDERO HATCHBACK
1.0 SCe Access 5dr
PETROL
£6,175.00
SANDERO HATCHBACK
1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
PETROL
£7,175.00
SANDERO HATCHBACK
0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
PETROL
£8,175.00
SANDERO HATCHBACK
1.0 SCe Comfort 5dr
PETROL
£8,175.00
SANDERO HATCHBACK
0.9 TCe Comfort 5dr
PETROL
£9,175.00

Ten Second Review

Dacia's Sandero sets out to completely change the way you think about budgeting for a compact family five-door car. It's half the cost of many similarly sized models and surprisingly class-competitive in many areas given the 'shockingly affordable' prices being asked, especially in this improved form. This car has been shaking up the market - and it's easy to see why. Here, we look at the base 1.0 SCe version.

Background

Ever thought, as we often do, that almost everything these days seems to cost rather more than it should? Take the purchase of a compact family car, the kind most people want, with room for up to five, a modern engine and a decent-sized 300-litre boot. Today, most of the mainstream makers have decreed that you'll pay from around £14,000 for such a thing. But one brand disagrees. Dacia. For less than half that kind of asking figure, this Renault-owned Romanian marque can bring you this car, the Sandero. We reviewed it at launch back in early 2013, but we're doing so again because the brand has significantly updated this model, dealing with its worst failings and building in quite a bit of extra equipment. Probably the biggest issue with the original Sandero was its entry-level petrol engine, a thirsty 1.2-litre unit dating back to the last century. A modern downsized 1.0-litre powerplant takes its place, introduced alongside a range of cabin upgrades supposed to make the interior feel less like an Armenian thrift store.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
117
CO2 (g/km)
119
CO2 (g/km)
120
CO2 (g/km)
120
CO2 (g/km)
116
CO2 (g/km)
114
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
3
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
12
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
5 SPEED
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
71
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
84
CC
998
Engine Code
B4D 411
Fuel Consumption - ICE
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
6.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
43.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
43.5
EC Urban (mpg)
47.1
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
62.7
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
58.9
EC Combined (mpg)
54.3
EC Combined (mpg)
53.3
EC Combined (mpg)
53.3
EC Combined (mpg)
55.4
General
Coin Series
Access
Coin Description
SCe
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
2
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
3E
Generation Mark
1
Badge Power
75
Badge Engine CC
1.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
9.9
Engine Torque - MKG
9.7
Engine Power - KW
54
Engine Power - RPM
6300
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
72
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
70
Engine Torque - NM
97
Engine Torque - NM
95
Engine Torque - RPM
3500
Engine Power - BHP
73
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
14.2
0 to 62 mph (secs)
15.1
Top Speed
98
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
15" STEEL
Tyre Size Front
185/65 R15
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2589
Length
4069
Width
1733
Width (including mirrors)
1994
Height
1519
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
320
No. of Seats
5
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1090
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
790
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
520
Max. Loading Weight
521
Max. Loading Weight
517
Minimum Kerbweight
969
Minimum Kerbweight
970
Gross Vehicle Weight
1490
Gross Vehicle Weight
1487
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1200
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.68
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.44
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.5
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Driving Experience

First, a bit of a reality check. We could sit here all day making cutting comments about this Sandero's ride and handling package but d'you know what? We'll cut to the chase. It's perfectly adequate for the modest needs of its target market. It always was; it still is. The robust suspension set-up that suits this model's third world customers is perfectly adequate for ordinary A to B driving, though can lose its composure when confronted with serious tarmac imperfections. Push a little through the bends and you'll find that body roll is actually reasonably well controlled and you get decent levels of cornering traction too. We could do with a little more feel through the steering wheel, but the helm is at least light, offering a city-friendly 10.58m turning circle. Engine-wise, the main news with this revised model is the installation of a new entry-level petrol engine, the 'SCe 75' 1.0-litre three cylinder unit. This engine is fine if you're only going to be using your Sandero locally but it suffers from the fact that pulling power is around 10% down in the old 1.2-litre powerplant. As a result, you really have to stretch it to get the car going out on the open road and noise levels then become very noticeable.

Design and Build

To understand the styling of this car, you also have to understand the way it's being sold. In most cases in the UK, Dacia models will sit in the corner of Renault showrooms. Important then, that designs from this Romanian brand are seen as a fundamentally different proposition from their pricier Renault counterparts. The recent Sandero style changes are most obvious at the front, where new double optic headlights borrowed from the brand's Duster SUV incorporate LED daytime running lights featuring a pattern of four stacked rectangles. These flank a re-styled grille featuring a honeycomb design and chromed bars flowing out from the central badge. And inside? Well this was an area of the car which saw buyers of the original model having to manage their expectations to a considerable degree. Dacia has responded to customer feedback by re-siting the electric window switches from the centre stack to a more familiar position on the doors. There's also now a 12v socket and the quality of upholstery fabrics - here, we've got 'Black Cerite' cloth - has been much improved. Rear seat accommodation in a Sandero is a considerable improvement on the relatively claustrophobic quarters served up by most modern superminis. As usual though on a compact car, expecting to take three adults on any sort of length journey back here is a bit ambitious. As for the boot, well in terms of total capacity, there's 320-litres on offer - compare that to the 292-litres of a Fiesta and the 300-litres of a Clio.
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