Dacia Sandero (2013-2020) review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
With the modern TCe turbo petrol and Bi-Fuel engine options, the Sandero makes a truly economical choice.
The Sandero now comes with a new dual-fuel petrol and LPG engine, replacing the previous 1.5-litre diesel unit. The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel sits alongside two other petrol engines in the range and offers customers improved economy and lower emissions.
But before you take the plunge, think about how you’ll be using your car. It's probably around town where Sanderos will spend most of their lives, in which case the cheaper petrol engined-models are the best bet. In terms of economy, there's little to separate the two - the 89bhp 898cc TCe petrol turbo returns 47.0mpg, with CO2 emissions of 134g/km, while the 74bhp 1.0 SCe improves on this slightly, delivering 48.7mpg and 130g/km.
The lethargic 1.0 SCe model is only offered in base spec Essential trim, so unless you're searching for the ultimate in cost-efficiency, the extra outlay on the TCe unit will be worthwhile, as the SCe is particularly slow and noisy. But for young drivers, the low insurance group will make all the difference.
The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel unit delivers a maximum 49.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 116g/km. Models are priced at £350 over the TCe versions, so it really comes down to annual mileage. If you plan on using the Sandero for longer trips then it would pay to take advantage of the low cost of LPG at filling stations - which is approximately half that of petrol.
The main attraction of a Sandero is that it’s cheap to buy and, if the worst happens, cheap to repair, so insurance groups are correspondingly low. The SCe 75 and TCE 100 Bi-Fuel versions sit in group 5, although the TCe 90 is in group 9 or 10, depending on whether you choose Essential or Comfort trim.
As you will have paid so little to buy a Sandero, it's hardly going to trouble you how much money you'll lose over three years of ownership. However, the Sandero still manages to hold onto a decent chunk of its value over 3 years and 36,000 miles, keeping around 48% of its original list price.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Dacia Sandero is the UK's value king, offering up more space and practicality than anything else in its price range
- 2Engines, performance and driveDacia keeps things simple, so the Sandero comes with a choice of three engines and a manual gearbox. That’s it.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingWith the modern TCe turbo petrol and Bi-Fuel engine options, the Sandero makes a truly economical choice.
- 4Interior, design and technologyOld Renault design dominates the interior. Everything works, but you won’t find any modern materials or tech on show.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Sandero provides a decent amount of room, but the rear is a bit cramped compared to more modern rivals.
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Sandero is simple and robust, and the four-star Euro NCAP score is decent considering the age of the platform.