While the first Dacia of the Renault era looked like something out of a moth box, the new model is up to date. And still cheap.
The new edition of the Dacia Sandero is hardly more expensive than the old model – but a lot better. With a fresh design, more economical engines and modern architecture, the small car from the Romanian Renault subsidiary will go to dealerships in early 2021. At least 8,490 euros are on the price tag, the crossover variant Stepway costs from 11,390 euros.
While the predecessors still carried the technology of the old Clio generations, Dacia now has access to the Group’s current small car platform – including engines, connectivity and assistance systems. You can already see from the outside that you are dealing with a modern small car: Above all, the front with its large radiator grille and standard LED headlights exudes self-confidence, the minimal increase in length to 4.08 meters, the wider track and the flatter, Roof sloping towards the rear also looks good on the five-door. The Stepway model is really fashionable with increased ground clearance, robust body paneling and a distinctive radiator grille style.
The interior is also contemporary, instead of large-scale plastic deserts there is now a more detailed design in which the somewhat simple disguise marials are less noticeable. In the higher equipment lines, fabric and chrome applications as well as the touchscreen multimedia system additionally enhance the ambience. As usual, the space available in all seats is good, although the middle seat in the quite spacious rear can only be expected of adults, as in most cars, for short trips. At 328 liters, the trunk is decent for a vehicle of this class.
On the road, the Sandero makes full use of technical progress. Significantly smoother than its predecessor, with smooth electric steering and good chassis comfort even on uneven roads, the Dacia does not miss anything that makes a modern small car. The fact that the rough sound of the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engines barely filtered into the interior, especially at start-up, and that the small petrol engines don’t necessarily show off their temperament and pulling power, is due to price and vehicle class.
As expected, it is the fastest with the top engine (74 kW / 101 PS), which in this case – and this is by no means common – runs on LPG. The alternative fuel is said to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint; an electrification of the drives, such as the technology brother Renault Clio does, would simply be too expensive for Dacia models . The same applies to a clean diesel. The buyer of the LPG model will initially benefit from lower fuel costs, but these will not last as the tax relief for LPG will gradually expire by 2022. Nevertheless, the purchase could be worthwhile, as the 100 hp engine is only 100 euros more expensive than the 90 hp variant. And because there is a full gas and petrol tank on board, the total range is 1,300 kilometers.
With the base price of 8,490 euros, the Dacia Sandero remains the cheapest new car in Germany. Compared to its predecessor, the entry level “Access” has become almost 1,000 euros more expensive, but the surcharge for the other variants is only a few hundred euros. If you want a reasonably well-equipped model with air conditioning and a few small comfort extras, you have to use at least the third equipment line, “Comfort”, which starts at 9,990 euros. Most of the customers should do that – and, according to Renault’s assessment, also opt for the 66 kW / 90 PS strong petrol engine, which means that the price list ends up being 11,490 euros. For the Stepway, 1,000 euros more are due, the entry-level engines and low equipment lines are not in the range for the crossover.
With the Sandero, there is a car that drives as modern as it looks for comparatively little money. Even if you notice a certain price sensitivity in the choice of materials and the scope of equipment – nothing works cheap in a negative sense here. Armed in this way, the Romanian is likely to be dangerous not only to the French sister model Renault Clio, but also to many Asian or southern European small cars that offer fewer cars for similar money.
Technical data – Dacia Sandero:
five-door, five-seat small car; Length: 4.09 meters, width: 1.85 meters (2.01 meters with exterior mirrors), height: 1.99 meters (stepway: 2.02 meters), wheelbase: 2.60 meters, trunk volume: 328 – 1,108 liters
SCe 65: 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine, 40 kW / 67 PS, maximum torque: 95 Nm at 3,600 rpm, five-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive, 0-100 km / h in 16.7 seconds, Vmax: 158 km / h, average consumption: 5.0 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 113-114 g / km, efficiency class C, price from: 8,490 euros (Stepway not available).
TCe 90: 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, 67 kW / 91 PS, maximum torque: 160 Nm at 2,100 – 3,750 rpm, six-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive, 0-100 km / h in 11.7 seconds. , Vmax: 178 km / h, average consumption: 5.0-4.8 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 110-113 g / km, efficiency class CB, price from: 10,390 euros (Stepway: from 11,390 euros).
TCe 90 CVT: 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, 67 kW / 91 PS, maximum torque: 160 Nm at 1,750 – 3,750 rpm, continuously variable automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, 0-100 km / h in 13.4 seconds. , Vmax: 169 km / h, average consumption: 5.1-4.9 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 112-115 g / km, efficiency class CB, price from: 12,690 euros (Stepway not available).
TCe 100 ECO-G: 1.0 liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, petrol / LPG, 74 kW / 101 PS, maximum torque: 170 Nm at 2,000 – 3,500 rpm, six-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive, 0-100 km / h in 11.6 seconds, Vmax: 183 km / h, average consumption: 6.5 – 6.6 liters LPG / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 112-106 g / km, efficiency class BA, price from: 10,490 euros ( Stepway: from 11,490 euros).
Brief description – Dacia Sandero:
Why: low prices, balanced chassis, spacious rear seat
Why not: simple materials, moderate performance
What else: Renault Clio, Suzuki Swift, but also small cars such as Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto