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2018 (18) 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

4 speakers4x20W radio/CD/MP3 with aux input and fingertip controls
DAB Digital radioUSB connection

Exterior Features

3 speed windscreen wipersBlack side sills
Body colour bumpersChrome fog light surround
Chrome headlight surroundChrome Honeycomb front grille
Electric front windows + drivers one touchFront fog lights
Grey door mirrorsHeated rear window
LED daytime running lightsRear wash/wipe
Satin chrome roof barsSatin chrome scuff plates
Satin chrome skid plateTinted windows

Interior Features

12V power point for rear passengers12V power point front
3 rear height adjustable headrests60/40 split folding rear seat
Boot lightCloth upholstery
Driver's seat height adjustmentFront courtesy lights
Front passenger grab handleFront seat back map pockets
Gear shift indicatorHeating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
Height adjustable front headrestsHeight adjustable steering wheel
Isofix on 2nd row outer seatsManual air conditioning
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirrorRear grab handles
Satin Chrome door handlesTwo tone door panels dark carbon/light grey

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
Height adjustable front seatbeltsHill start assist
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTyre pressure monitor

Security

Automatic door lockingEngine immobiliser
Remote central locking 

Trim

Chrome air vent surroundsChrome instrument dials
Satin chrome 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

CO0.359CO2 (g/km)127
HC0.06Noise Level dB(A)74
NOx0.008Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC898Compression Ratio9.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)72.2Cylinders - Stroke (mm)73.1
Engine CodeH4B 408Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)50.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)56.5EC Urban (mpg)42.2

General

Badge Engine CC0.9Badge Power90
Coin DescriptionTCeCoin SeriesAmbiance
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 078E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %80NCAP Child Occupant Protection %79
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094NCAP Pedestrian Protection %57
NCAP Safety Assist %55Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11.1Engine Power - BHP90
Engine Power - KW66Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT103
Engine Torque - MKG14.3Engine Torque - NM140
Engine Torque - RPM2250Top Speed104

Tyres

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

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1555Height (including roof rails)1615
Length4089Wheelbase2589
Width1761Width (including mirrors)1994

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1200Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)320
Max. Loading Weight510Max. Towing Weight - Braked1090
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked555Minimum Kerbweight1040
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.5
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

In second generation form, the Dacia Sandero Stepway continues to offer a bit of fun for not a lot of money. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The 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. Here's the new generation version.

Background

You know when an idea is a good one 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 and began importing into the UK thirteen years later. The core range is based around the Duster compact SUV and the Sandero supermini, the latter still the cheapest car on sale in the UK and now rejuvenated in new generation, re-designed form. The contender 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.

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 though, that this isn't a four-wheel drive car, 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 extra wheel travel seems to give the Stepway a marginally better ride quality than the standard Sandero and the 41mm raise in height hasn't made body control noticeably worse. This fresh generation model's stiffer, more sophisticated CMF-B platform means it can deliver some better engineering. Most Stepway folk will want the powerplant we'd recommend, the 89bhp three cylinder turbo petrol TCe 90 unit, which 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 this car will now 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

As before, the Stepway is styled to look a bit more rugged without actually offering any four wheel-drive underpinnings. Think Ford Fiesta Active or Audi A1 Citycarver and you're not far off the mark. The extra 41mm of stepped up ground clearance gives it a nicely chunky look and might well prove useful when bumping up and down big kerbs in town. This fresh generation version gets a redesigned front end and body features such as proper metal front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, pronounced flared wheel arches, larger 16-inch alloy wheels, longitudinal roof bars that can be turned into a functional roof rack and some smart paint colours. Otherwise, it's exactly like a standard Sandero, which means that this new generation version rides on the same CMF-B platform as a far pricier (and smaller) Renault Clio. That's allowed it to be 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 this Stepway variant with fabric finishes. Infotainment's taken step forward too, with an 8-inch centre monitor featuring 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? Think in terms of a Stepway starting price of around £10,000 (about £1,000 more than a regular Sandero) and you won't be too far out. That makes this still the cheapest Crossover-styled car you can buy. It undercuts rugged-ised versions of smaller city cars like the Fiat Panda Cross and the Kia Picanto X-line by at least around £2,000 and offers lots more space inside than both. For some perspective, in size, this car is somewhere between a Fiesta Active-shaped supermini (models of which tend to be priced from around £15,000) and a Focus Active-sized family hatch (priced from around £20,000). So you get the idea. It really is hard to argue with this kind of value proposition. Two interior media infotainment options are available, 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 (for the first time) a power operated sunroof.

Cost of Ownership

Expect a decent step forward in efficiency figures, thanks to this new generation Sandero Stepway model's more modern engineering and lighter, more sophisticated CMF-B platform. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The three cylinder turbo 1.0-litre TCe 90 turbo unit we think most customers will want here should manage around 55mpg on the combined cycle and under 120g/km of CO2. You still won't get quite as good showing as you would from a pricier mainstream rugged-ised supermini like a Ford Fiesta Active, 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 much improved Dacia Sandero Stepway deserves to do very well. It's a much more interesting and, crucially, more expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although the craze for these SUV-styled superminis might have been and gone, it's still a vehicle that will continue to find a ready market here in the UK. With its 41mm 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 only a couple of hundred pounds more than the most depressingly basic citycar, you can buy a well-equipped Stepway with a modern petrol turbo engine and miles more equipment. 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
50%
Comfort
60%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
50%
Value
90%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

* 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.

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Monthly payment£136.29
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£7698
Credit amount£7449
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£2846
Total amount payable£9501.63
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge1.85p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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