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Brand New Dacia Sandero 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr

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From £7995
£124 deposit
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemPAS
Rev counter 

Entertainment

DAB/FM/AM radio with fingertip controls and 4 speakersUSB connection

Exterior Features

3 speed windscreen wipersBlack door handles
Black door mirrorsBlack fog light surrounds
Body colour bumpersChrome Honeycomb front grille
Double optic headlights with chrome surroundElectric front windows + drivers one touch
Heated rear windowHigh level third rear brake light
LED daytime running lightsManual adjustable rear windows
Manually adjustable door mirrorsRear wash/wipe
Tinted windows 

Interior Features

12V power point for rear passengers12V socket by gear lever
3 rear height adjustable headrests60/40 split folding rear seat
Boot lightCerite cloth upholstery
Front courtesy lightsFront passenger grab handle
Gear shift indicatorHeadlights left on audible and visual warning
Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fanHeight adjustable front headrests
Isofix on 2nd row outer seatsManual air conditioning
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirrorTwo tone door panels dark carbon/light grey

Safety

ABS+EBAChild locks on rear doors
Door open warningDriver's airbag
ESC with ASR and Hill start assistFront seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings
Front side airbagsHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Passenger airbag with deactivation functionThree 3 point rear seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Automatic door lockingEngine immobiliser
Remote central locking 

Trim

Chrome instrument dialsPiano black air vents
Satin chrome centre console surround 

Wheels

15" steel wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)120Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC998Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)71Cylinders - Stroke (mm)84
Engine CodeB4D 411Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryINJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)53.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)58.9EC Urban (mpg)47.1

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power75
Coin DescriptionSCeCoin SeriesEssential
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 075E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years2
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)14.2Engine Power - BHP73
Engine Power - KW54Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6300Engine Torque - LBS.FT72
Engine Torque - MKG9.9Engine Torque - NM97
Engine Torque - RPM3500Top Speed98

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Tyre Size Front185/65 R15Tyre Size Rear185/65 R15
Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KITWheel Type15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1519Length4069
Wheelbase2589Width1733
Width (including mirrors)1994 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1490
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1200Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)320
Max. Loading Weight521Max. Towing Weight - Braked1090
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked520Minimum Kerbweight969
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.44
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Dacia Sandero

The third generation Dacia Sandero could very well completely change the way you think about budgeting for a new compact family car. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Wouldn't it be good if the Dacia Sandero could feel properly modern as well as being properly cheap. Well, we're promised that this MK3 version is. Really modern that is. It still pretty cheap too - still the cheapest family car you could choose - but at the same time as being a far better quality hatch in this rejuvenated third generation form. If you're just about to buy a mainstream brand city car, supermini or family hatch, you need to stop right here and read on....

Background

From Renault's point of view, it was a great concept. Buy a struggling Romanian car brand using factories with cheap labour. Then take a last-generation Renault hatch design, freshen it up with modern styling and a different badge and sell it at the kind of super-cheap prices that all of these short-cuts could facilitate. So was born the Dacia Sandero in 2013, which was then - and still is now - by some margin Britain's most affordable compact family hatch. With the original version, lightly freshened in 2017, you very much got what you didn't pay for, but loyal owners didn't care. Some of us though, wondered whether this car's sales prospects wouldn't be considerably improved if just a fraction of that affordability could be sacrificed in favour of creating more modern, efficient engineering. In a cabin that didn't feel quite so much like a Bulgarian thrift store. The rather more palatable product we were picturing has arrived. And this is it, the rejuvenated MK3 model.

Driving Experience

Owners of the original Sandero model didn't care too much about drive dynamics - which is just as well because they weren't up to much. This MK3 model's stiffer, more sophisticated CMF-B platform means it can deliver a little bit more - and there are some better engines too. The entry-level unit might feel a little feeble though - it's a 1.0-litre three cylinder powerplant producing just 64bhp, badged 'SCe 65' and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The Sandero's low pricing though, should mean that you can at least stretch to the powerplant we'd recommend, the 89bhp three cylinder turbo petrol TCe 90 unit, which is available across most trim levels and can be had with either 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic gearbox. Dacia isn't bothering with a diesel this time round, but if you're looking for something super-frugal, you can have the TCe 100 petrol unit in LPG form, with a dual fuel tank situated where the spare wheel would normally sit. With both the petrol and the LPG tanks filled, you'd have a range in this eco-variant of over 800 miles. Dacia promises that all Sanderos will be easier to use around town too, thanks to the fact that the steering is now electrically (rather than hydraulically) assisted and apparently needs up to 36% less effort to turn at low speeds.

Design and Build

Smart looks and an old nail of a platform wouldn't have sufficed for this MK3 model. We've had that with the Sandero before. But that's not what's being served up this time round, the fourth generation version of this car riding on the same CMF-B platform as a far pricier (and smaller) Renault Clio. As before, there are two versions of the single 5-door hatch body shape, the standard model and the high riding crossover-inspired 'Stepway' version, which is slightly more differentiated this time round with flared wheel arches, 16-inch wheels, roof bars, plastic body cladding and body-coloured skid plates. Both Sandero variants are a touch bigger than before, noticeably wider (1,848mm without mirrors) and 19mm longer. The look's less anonymous too, thanks to a Y-shaped LED front lighting signature. Inside, it's much nicer than before, with a more modern dashboard, embellished on plusher models with fabric finishes. Infotainment's taken step forward too, though the base trim level still does without a central screen (there's a smartphone dock and a Dacia in-car app instead). Further up the range, an 8-inch centre monitor features, with smartphone mirroring. Access to the rear is easy, with wide-opening doors and reasonable knee room; you could seat a couple of adults there more comfortably than in most other superminis. The boot's a bit bigger too, rated at 328-litres, which is 18-litres more than the old car could offer.

Market and Model

So how much are you going to end up paying? Believe it or not, from well under £9,000. That makes this Sandero still the cheapest car you can buy. It undercuts smaller city cars like the Fiat Panda and the Kia Picanto by around £2,000 and offers lots more space inside than both. For some perspective, in size, this car is somewhere between a Fiesta-shaped supermini (models of which tend to be priced from around £13,500) and a Focus-sized family hatch (priced from around £18,000). So you get the idea. It really is hard to argue with this kind of value proposition. There's only a single five-door hatchback body style but it does come in either standard form or as the 'Sandero Stepway', a variant that dresses up this design with a bit more SUV-style attitude and offers a 41mm higher ride height. Three interior media infotainment options are available, the most basic system - called 'Media Control' - includes Bluetooth and a DAB radio, but no screen. Instead, you get a dock for your smartphone which can run a purpose-designed app for in-car use. Further up the range, you get two options based around an 8-inch touchscreen; 'Media Display', which incorporates 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. And 'Media Nav', which has built-in sat nav with Wi-Fi-based smartphone access. Optional extras if you want to plush up your Sandero include automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, a reversing camera, auto wipers and a power operated sunroof.

Cost of Ownership

Expect a decent step forward in efficiency figures, thanks to this third generation Sandero model's more modern engines and lighter, more sophisticated CMF-B platform. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The base SCe 65 normally aspirated petrol variant gets up towards 50mpg on the combined cycle and under 120g/km of CO2. But the three cylinder turbo 1.0-litre TCe 90 turbo unit we think you'll prefer should better those figures by about 10%. You still won't get quite as good showing as you would from a pricier mainstream supermini, but there's no doubt that Dacia has considerably closed the previous gap in efficiency that existed compared to the mainstream market. And it's useful to have the rare option of LPG power for the TCe 90 engine, should you be prepared to consider it. On to the warranty. Dacia offers an industry standard 3-year/60,000 miles guarantee from the showroom, backed by three years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance. For a little more, you can extend the cover by two years or you can up the period covered to a Kia-equalling 7 years and 100,000 miles. Service intervals are every year or every 12,000 miles and since most Renault dealers look after Dacias too, you shouldn't be too far from a specialist workshop. It also helps that there's a timing chain that'll last as long as the engine. Dacia offers a choice of pre-paid servicing schemes covering you for either two years and 24,000 miles or three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

This is probably the compact family hatch that many people currently choosing Fiestas, Polos and the like should actually be considering. Those mainstream superminis aren't only vastly more expensive than this Sandero; they're also significantly smaller inside too. With the previous generation version of this Dacia, those two Sandero selling points, though considerable, weren't quite enough to convince the relatively few prepared to consider it. These folk should think again. If, for you, a car is simply a functional implement, a domestic tool that, like any other, must justify its expenditure, then this one now fits the bill perfectly. Solid, spacious and family-friendly for the kind of money you'd pay for a tiny city scoot, it offers pretty much everything you need and nothing you don't. Yes, products from the established market players are still more sophisticated - but the gap isn't huge. Except, of course, when it comes to what you have to pay.

Performance
50%
Handling
50%
Comfort
60%
Space
80%
Styling
60%
Build
50%
Value
90%
Equipment
60%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
60%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards. Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£124
Deposit£124
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate3.57%
Cash price£7995
Credit amount£7621
Guaranteed future value£3163
Total amount payable£9239
Dacia deposit£250
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR6.9%
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