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Dacia Sandero review - Interior, design and technology

Dacia has given the Sandero a smart new look, but it’s probably best to avoid the basic Access trim level

There’s no question that interior quality for the latest Sandero is a definite improvement over the previous model. Yes, the entry Access model is still a pretty austere thing, but it accounts for less than 1 per cent of Sandero sales, and you’ll find life much cheerier and easier with the Essential or Comfort versions.

At the top end of the range you’ll notice softer cabin materials in areas that are in regular use; padded sections across the dash and cushioned armrests all help to create a little more sophistication. Dacia includes a generous level of standard kit for the Comfort versions, including front fog lights, electrically-adjustable door mirrors, keyless entry, auto wipers, all-round electric windows and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera. It’s also the only specification to feature an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Mid-spec Essential trim does what it says on the tin, adding air-conditioning, remote central locking, cruise control, a DAB radio and Bluetooth functionality over the base Access car. The cheapest Sandero comes with electric front windows, LED headlights, a height-adjustable steering wheel and a smartphone holder on the dashboard.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The top-spec Comfort trim comes with its own sat-nav plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. You can link your phone and use apps on the screen, including Spotify and Google Maps. There’s even a handily-placed phone holder at the side of the screen with its own USB port, which is useful as long as you’re not prone to getting distracted by it.

The media screen has all the features you need, including the built-in sat-nav, which works well enough. The screen isn’t very sharp or high resolution, but it does the job, and the menus are simple and easy to navigate, because there aren’t the endless features you get on some modern cars. It’s a shame that the screen is a little slow to respond to touch inputs, while the system itself isn't that quick, either

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