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  • Launched in 2021
  • Small hatch
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2021
  • Body type
    Small hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Russell Campbell

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New Sandero represents incredible value

Best bits

  • Astonishingly cheap
  • Impressively spacious
  • Comfortable and easy to drive

Not so great

  • You can tell why it's so cheap
  • The 65 model is too slow
  • Equipment's bare on entry models

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Dacia Sandero

"Much like supermarket corn flakes, the Dacia Sandero gives you more car for less money than its big name rivals making it easy to forget that it doesn't taste quite so good as the better-known brands."

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That's right, with a starting price of £7995, you can have a brand new Dacia Sandero – with the peace of mind and warranty that entails – for the same price as a Ford Fiesta that's out of warranty and has loads of miles on the clock. It's perhaps from this angle that the Dacia is best judged.


And that's not to say it should be chosen purely on price. In terms of practicality, it beats cars like the Ford Fiesta hands down and is miles ahead of new rivals that are close on price like the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and Hyundai i10. The Dacia has enough room for tall adults in the front and the back, and its boot is roomy. 


Unfortunately, the interior does reinforce the Dacia's budget brand price point. You'll find the reinforced concrete walls in a maximum security prison cell are made of softer materials than the plastics on the Dacia's dashboard and, in terms of equipment, the Dacia's actually more spartan – prisoners get radios, Access versions of the Sandero do not. 


You're much better to get an Essential model which comes with, well, essentials like a radio and air-conditioning, cruise control, central locking and electric windows. 


And while you're in a frivolous mood, you'd be well advised to skip the 65PS petrol engine and spend another £1000 to get the 90PS model. Its extra power means the Sandero doesn't feel overawed on the motorway or hills and it returns identical fuel economy to the basic engine. It seems like a no-brainer. 


The 90PS engine turns the Sandero into an excellent all rounder, but one that focusses on comfort rather than the playful handling you get from, say, a secondhand Fiesta. The Dacia is softly sprung soaking up bumps well and keeping road noise to a minimum, but its slow steering doesn't encourage you do drive quickly and it soon runs out of grip if you do throw caution to the wind. 


Light controls and perfect visibility mean the Sandero is an easy car to drive in town but it feels less at home if you crank it up to motorway speeds. Refinement isn't great thanks to the car's minimal sound deadening and the 65PS model's five-speed gearbox means its engine has to work hard. Unsurprisingly for this price point, autonomous driving aids aren't available but it does have safety features like air bags.


In short, it's relatively basic motoring that doesn't deliver the fulsome flavour of a same-size rival that can easily cost twice as much. Ignore the competition, buy the Sandero, and much like supermarket corn flakes you'll have no idea what you're missing out on and be perfectly happy with your purchase. 


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Dacia Sandero (2013 - 2021) review.

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Dacia Sandero

1.5 Blue dCi Comfort 5dr

  • 2020
  • 9,999 miles
  • Pentagon Subaru Lincoln
  • Lincolnshire, LN24LD
Price:£9,792
PCP: £184.26/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £184.26, Customer Deposit: £1,468.00, Total Deposit: £1,468.80, Optional Final Payment: £3,401.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,526.90, Total Amount Payable: £11,318.90, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.39%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.7ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Dacia Sandero

0.9 TCe Ambiance 5dr

  • 2018
  • 17,667 miles
  • Martins Group Renault Winchester
  • Hampshire, SO237SL
Price:£6,295
PCP: £108.58/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £108.58, Customer Deposit: £944.00, Total Deposit: £944.25, Optional Final Payment: £2,622.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,180.13, Total Amount Payable: £7,475.13, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Dacia Sandero right for you?

If you want a brand new car for the lowest price possible, the Dacia Sandero is the stand out option. It starts from less than £8000 meaning it's £4000 cheaper than a Volkswagen Up, despite it competing with the larger Polo in terms of size. Admittedly, the Sandero is basic in its cheapest form, but it's easy to drive and costs buttons to run, plus you get the reassurance of buying a brand new car with a warranty.

What’s the best Dacia Sandero model/engine to choose?

We would recommend a Dacia Sandero 90TCe in Essential trim. The 90PS engine is much quicker than the basic model but no worse on fuel while Essential trim comes with useful kit like air-conditioning, remote central locking and cruise control. 

What other cars are similar to the Dacia Sandero?

No other cars offer the same value as the Dacia Sandero. Cars like the Volkswagen Up are a lot more expensive and quite a bit smaller, so you're more likely to compare the Sandero to a secondhand Ford Fiesta, which is a better car in most measurable ways, but won't have the showroom-fresh feel and warranty that the Sandero gets you. 

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Why is the Dacia Sandero so cheap?

The Dacia Sandero has a basic specification and uses old Renault parts to help keep its costs low and the price rock bottom. There's no denying the Sandero is relatively basic – especially the entry-level model – but it's an ideal choice if you want a new or nearly new car for the price of a well used old one.

Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

Are Dacia Sandero cars any good?

The Dacia Sandero certainly isn't the last word in sophisticated motoring, but neither is it the terrible car you might expect given how cheap it is. It handles neatly, has a reasonably turn of speed and is surprisingly spacious. Avoid entry level models and you get all the equipment you really need.

Georgia Petrie

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Georgia Petrie

Who makes the Dacia Sandero?

The Dacia Sandero is made by the Romanian car company – Dacia. Dacia was formed in 1966 and bought by French car-building giant, Renault, in 1999. For this reason, Dacias share many of their parts with Renault's current and older models, including their engines.

David Ross

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