Dacia Sandero review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Decent boot space and plenty of room for passengers means the Sandero is a practical option
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 new model offers 42mm of extra leg room compared to its predecessor.
The Essential and Comfort trim levels offer the touches that help make motoring life just that little bit easier. A height and reach-adjustable steering wheel will assist the driver in finding a comfortable position, while keyless entry, auto wipers, cruise control and rear parking sensors are all useful additions.
All models feature Isofix points for child seats and child locks for the rear doors, while there’s also an option to have a spare wheel in place of the standard tyre inflation kit.
The Sandero measures 4,088mm in length, 1,848mm wide and stands 1,499mm tall. It’s 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.
Boot capacity for the Sandero rises from 320 litres to 328 litres, which means it offers an extra 36 litres of load space compared to the Ford Fiesta, although lags behind the Renault Clio’s 391-litre boot. Folding the rear seats brings a practical 1,108 litres of luggage space.
In this review
- 1Dacia Sandero reviewWith a sharp new look, improved driving dynamics and extra standard kit, there is a lot more to like about the Dacia Sandero than just the price
- 2Engines, performance and driveDacia has improved the Sandero driving experience, but the base model feels underpowered
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Sandero’s low list price is always the talking point, but fuel economy and insurance costs are decent, too
- 4Interior, design and technologyDacia has given the Sandero a smart new look, but it’s probably best to avoid the basic Access trim level
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingDecent boot space and plenty of room for passengers means the Sandero is a practical option
- 6Reliability and safetyImproved customer feedback in our Driver Power survey is encouraging, although you’ll have to weigh up the impact of a two-star Euro NCAP rating