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Dacia Sandero - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The Sandero is a practical family option, offering decent boot space and plenty of room for passengers

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.3 out of 5

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If you have a city car budget, but need supermini space, then the Sandero could well be the answer to your motoring needs. There’s plenty of room up front, while passengers in the rear won’t feel short-changed as the latest model offers 42mm of extra leg room compared to its predecessor. Door bins feel a little flimsy, but are nicely shaped. The two cup-holders between the front seats are very shallow, though.

The height and reach-adjustable steering wheel helps find a comfortable driving position, as does the height-adjustable driver’s seat. All models also feature Isofix points for child seats and child locks for the rear doors, and there’s also an option to have a spare wheel in place of the standard tyre inflation kit. 

However, upgrading from Essential to Expression trim also adds convenient features like keyless entry, automatic wiper, cruise control, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.


The Sandero measures 4,088mm in length, 1,848mm wide and stands 1,499mm tall. Its more SUV-like Sandero Stepway sibling is just 11mm longer and 36mm taller, but maintains the same width. By way of further comparison, a five-door Ford Fiesta is a smaller car all-round, with dimensions of 4,040mm (length), 1,735mm (width) and 1,466mm (height).

Leg room, head room & passenger space 

There’s plenty of room for passengers in the rear seats of the latest Sandero, while head and legroom shouldn’t be an issue even for adult occupants. The doors open up wide which makes entry and egress easier, and will help when securing a child seat.

We measured the rear seat area ourselves when we pitted the Dacia Sandero against its French rival, the Citroen C3, in our twin test. We found that the Sandero just about excelled in terms of knee, head, and elbow room, although not by an amount too noticeable to the naked eye.  

Rear seat space comparison 


Knee room (min-max)


Elbow room

Dacia Sandero




Citroen C3





Boot capacity for the Sandero stands at 328 litres in this latest version, up from 320 litres before. That means it offers an extra 28 litres of cargo space compared to the Citroen C3, although the Sandero still lags behind the Renault Clio’s 391-litre boot. Folding down the 40:60 split rear seats leaves a noticeable step in the load space, but opens up a practical 1,108 litres of luggage space.

We found in our twin test between the Sandero and Citroen C3 that the Dacia’s boot is significantly longer than its rival. The lip height of both superminis was very similar though, and the Sandero’s boot was slightly narrower than the C3’s too.

Boot space comparison                              




Lip height

Dacia Sandero




Citroen C3





Whichever Sandero you choose you'll have a maximum towing capacity of 1,100kg, which should be enough for most everyday needs.

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