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2014 (14) Dacia Sandero Stepway 0.9 TCe Ambiance 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Audible lights on warningBluetooth system
Eco modePAS
Rev counter 

Entertainment

2 speakers4x20W radio/CD/MP3 with aux input and fingertip controls
USB connection 

Exterior Features

3 speed windscreen wipersBody colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrorsChrome fog light surround
Chrome headlight surroundDaytime running lights
Electric front windowsFront fog lights
Heated rear windowRear wash/wipe
Satin chrome roof barsSatin chrome scuff plates
Tinted windows 

Interior Features

12V socket3 rear height adjustable headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatBoot light
Chrome heating controlsCloth upholstery
Front courtesy lightsFront passenger grab handle
Glovebox lightHeating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
Height adjustable front headrestsIsofix on 2nd row outer seats
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror 

Safety

ABS + EBD + EBAChild locks on rear doors
Door open warningDriver/Front Passenger airbags
ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction controlFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warningsFront side airbags
Three 3 point rear seatbelts 

Security

Automatic door lockingEngine immobiliser
Remote central locking 

Trim

Chrome air vent surroundsChrome instrument dials
Graphite centre console 

Wheels

16" 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)124Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC898Compression Ratio9.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)72.2Cylinders - Stroke (mm)73.1
Engine CodeH4Bt 400Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)52.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)61.4EC Urban (mpg)42.2

General

Badge Engine CC0.9Badge Power90
Coin DescriptionTCeCoin SeriesAmbiance
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 077E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %80NCAP Child Occupant Protection %79
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9NCAP Pedestrian Protection %57
NCAP Safety Assist %55Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11.1Engine Power - BHP90
Engine Power - KW66Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5250Engine Torque - LBS.FT100
Engine Torque - MKG13.8Engine Torque - NM135
Engine Torque - RPM2500Top Speed104

Tyres

Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16
Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KITWheel Type16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1599Height (including roof rails)1618
Length4081Wheelbase2590
Width1733Width (including mirrors)1994

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1200Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)320
Max. Loading Weight527Max. Towing Weight - Braked1100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked545Minimum Kerbweight1023
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.7
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 Stepway

The improved Dacia Sandero Stepway offers a bit of fun for not a lot of money. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The improved Dacia Sandero Stepway is inexpensive but doesn't look it. It's a supermini that's been jacked up a bit to give a Crossover look and seems to press all the right buttons for buyers who don't want big outlay but require big value.

Background

You know when an idea is a good 'un when your opposition are looking at each other and wondering why they didn't think of it before. The Dacia formula is really rather simple. It takes tried and tested Renault engineering and recycles it into new cars hailing from Romania. Therefore there's very little research and development expense, low labour costs, minimal tooling outlay and hey presto, you have a line of cheap and reliable cars that are just about pitch perfect for these austere times. Hardly rocket science is it? Renault acquired the company in 1999 but it's been only in the last decade that cars have once again been imported to the UK. We've had the Duster budget 4x4 and this was followed by the Sandero supermini, at launch the cheapest car on sale in the UK. The car we look at here, the Sandero Stepway, is a spin-off of that model and it's one that has a lot to be said for it, especially in this improved form.

Driving Experience

In order to understand the appeal of the Sandero Stepway, know this. The basic Sandero supermini upon which it's based has been designed to sell into many third world markets and as such is billed as having excellent ground clearance and "robust underbody protection for impressive performance on unpaved tracks". If that's not a great basis for building a jacked-up version with even greater abilities, I don't know what is. Do remember that this isn't a four-wheel drive car though, so there are limits as to what it can negotiate. For tougher stuff, you'll probably need to buy Dacia's Duster compact SUV. The entry-level normally aspirated SCe75 petrol engine will probably be more than enough for most people and it's a sweet little motor, the three cylinders making a characterful sound and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. There's also a little turbo petrol unit, the TCe 90. Alternatively, there's a 1.5-litre Blue dCi 95 diesel that isn't the most refined unit we've come across but nevertheless makes all the right economy and emissions figures. The extra wheel travel seems to give the Stepway a marginally better ride quality than the standard Sandero and the 40mm raise in height hasn't made body control noticeably worse.

Design and Build

The Stepway is styled to look a bit more rugged without actually offering any four wheel-drive underpinnings. Think Qashqai-style compact Crossover and you're not far off the mark. That stepped up ground clearance gives it a nicely chunky look and might well prove useful when bumping up and down big kerbs in town. It also gets a redesigned front end and body features such as front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, two-tone bumpers, pronounced wheel arches, 16-inch 'Stepway' alloy-look rims, two-tone longitudinal roof bars and exclusive blue paint. Inside, there's embroidered upholstery and grey overstitching for a bolder look. We should talk about the changes made to this revised model which gets a revised front end design showcasing Dacia's new lighting signature flanking a revised honeycombed grille. The interior's smarter too, with satin-effect chrome finishing to lift the dashboard, a revised steering wheel and some softer-touch surfaces on upper-spec variants. Dacia has even moved the electric window switches from the centre console to a more conventional place on the doors. Boot volume is 320-litres, which is extremely good for this class and there's a 60/40 split fold rear seat to improve practicality still further. The cabin offers plenty of storage, notably with the addition of a central cubby box. The oddments spaces in the front and rear doors are large enough to house a 1.5-litre and 0.5-litre bottle respectively.

Market and Model

When Dacia developed the Sandero, it set out to bring a completely stripped out and basic car to market which is why it was able to sell you one for less than six grand. The Stepway is a different animal and will appeal to a different buyer. With no thrift store Access specification and base SCe 75 1.0-litre engine available, the base price is pushed quite a bit higher, in this case to around £9,000, but that's still remarkable value for money. Mind you, what do you compare it with? Probably one of the cheaper small Crossovers, maybe a SsangYong Tivoli perhaps, but one of those will cost you thousands more. It all means that many will find this model's value proposition too strong to ignore. The entry-level 'Essential' specification is equipped with air conditioning, electric front windows, front fog lights, and roof bars, Bluetooth, metallic paint, a DAB radio/CD system, driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags and stability control. Go for the range-topping 'Comfort' trim and you'll find all that plus a 'MediaNav' Evolution 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system including satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. Plus cruise control with a speed limiter, front fog lights, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, a height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, leather gearknob and a trip computer. The price for all of that? Around £11,000, or around £12,500 if paired with the diesel engine. That wouldn't even squeak you into the most basic Volkswagen Polo you can buy, equipped with a flaccid 60PS petrol engine. I know what I'd rather have.

Cost of Ownership

Such is the buzz that's being created around Dacia cars that the brand is getting some serious recognition from real car enthusiasts. I know a guy with a stable of Ferraris who uses a Duster as the car he punts into town. The Stepway probably isn't going to be quite as depreciation resistant as the most basic Sandero models but it'll still do well and the low asking price means that the edge will be taken off any depreciation. The SCe75 petrol engine is respectably quick but it'll still return reasonable fuel economy. Dacia quotes a figure of between 43.5 and 45.6mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and emissions of 124g/km. For the Tce 90 petrol, Dacia quotes a figure of between 42.2 and 45.6mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and emissions of 127g/km.Go for the Blue dCi 95 diesel and you're looking at 58.8-62.7mpg and 103g/km of CO2. All new Sanderos come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever is reached sooner). Rather than forcing buyers to pay a premium for a longer warranty they might not want, there's the option to extend their warranty should they wish.

Summary

The Dacia Sandero Stepway will continue to sell very well. It's a much more interesting and, crucially, expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although it's essentially a 4x4-styled supermini rather than a purpose-developed small Crossover, it's still a vehicle that will find a ready market here in the UK. With its 40mm raised ride height, it will not only appeal to those looking for something a bit beefy-looking to drive in town, but older buyers might well appreciate not having to sit so far down into the vehicle. The pricing looks extremely good as well. For less than, say, the most depressingly basic 60PS Volkswagen Polo, you can buy a range-topping Stepway with a 95PS diesel engine and goodies like cruise control, air conditioning, parking sensors and a seven-inch touch screen with navigation. Think about that for a moment. Consider how insecure you'd need to be to choose the comfort blanket security of the Volkswagen badge over that. Perhaps Skoda should have been Volkswagen's Dacia, but it hasn't really worked out that way. It's become a bit too gentrified. The Stepway is a case study in how to do budget cars very well indeed.

Performance
50%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
60%
Value
100%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

** 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.

Hire purchase

Monthly payment£113.08
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate5.5%
Cash price£4698
Credit amount£4449
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£5677.84
Representative APR10.6%
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