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Dacia Sandero Stepway Review

Dacia Sandero Stepway
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  • Launched in 2013
  • Hatchback
  • Petrol, Diesel, LPG
  • Launch year
    2013
  • Body type
    Hatchback
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, LPG

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No-frills budget family crossover

Best bits

  • Ridiculously cheap car to buy
  • Stepway styling gives it a touch of class
  • The space of a hatchback for the price of a city car

Not so great

  • Some elements of the cabin feel cheap
  • More expensive than the standard Sandero
  • Facelift can’t disguise the fact that it’s showing its age

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Dacia Sandero Stepway Interior

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Overall verdict on the Dacia Sandero Stepway

"The Dacia Sandero Stepway laughs in the face of the prices asked for other crossovers and jacked-up hatchbacks. We think the Stepway treatment gives the Sandero an unlikely touch of class, although this doesn’t necessarily pull through to the interior. Cheap to buy, cheap to run and easy to live with – what’s not to like?"

Dacia Sandero Stepway Driving

Take one of Europe’s cheapest cars. Raise the ride height a little. Add some body armour. Give it a fancy name. What have you got? The Dacia Sandero Stepway.


If the standard Dacia Sandero is a little too humdrum for your tastes – or you like spending more for what is essentially the same thing – the Stepway is for you. We, along with tens of thousands of other Europeans, rather like it. We reckon you will, too.


To call it a crossover version of the Dacia Sandero is a bit of a stretch, but the Stepway does look a whole lot nicer than the car it’s based on. It’s amazing what suspension raised by 40mm, front and rear skid plates, black body protection and a pair of roof bars can do for a car’s appearance.


On the inside, the Stepway makeover is less impressive, but it’s possible to add a touch of glamour via one of the plusher trim levels or accessories. You’re never far from the impression that you’re driving a cheap car, but the Stepway feels just a touch more special than the Sandero.


So what’s the catch? Well, the Sandero Stepway is based on old Renault architecture that was showing its age when the car was launched in 2013. Seven years on, the Stepway is beginning to feel as dated as a 1970s comedy programme. It’s also not in the least bit exciting to drive – taking the bus is arguably more fun.


However, that’s where the negative points end, because the Dacia Sandero Stepway is a highly appealing car. The raised ride height improves the level of comfort, so it’s well placed to deal with roads that could have been used to stage the moon landing. Don’t get any ideas about venturing too far off-road – this is a strictly on-road crossover.


It’s also incredibly spacious, offering more space than the majority of small hatchbacks, despite costing the same as a mid-range city car. There’s space for four adults – five at a push – plus a good size boot for all the gear you bought using the money you saved.


Throw into the mix a range of efficient engines, including a dual-fuel version, and you’ve got the makings of a car that’s not only cheap to buy, but will be amongst the most affordable to run.


If you can live with the humdrum cabin, questionable interior quality and lacklustre driving experience, the Dacia Sandero Stepway is arguably the best value five-door hatchback you can buy. Leave your preconceptions at the door and give it a try. It could be your most rewarding car purchase. It really is that good.


If you're looking for the standard hatchback, you need our Dacia Sandero (2013-) review.

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Dacia Sandero Stepway

0.9 TCe Comfort 5dr

  • 2019
  • 8,794 miles
  • Gravells Renault And Dacia Kidwelly
  • Carmarthenshire, SA174TF
Price:£11,995
PCP: £243.89/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £243.89, Customer Deposit: £1,799.00, Total Deposit: £1,799.25, Optional Final Payment: £3,668.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,008.40, Total Amount Payable: £14,003.40, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.44%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Dacia Sandero Stepway
Dacia Sandero Stepway
Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway

0.9 TCe Laureate 5dr

  • 2015
  • 45,000 miles
  • Gravells Kia Kidwelly
  • Carmarthenshire, SA174TF
Price:£7,795
HP: £212.17/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £212.17, Customer Deposit: £1,169.00, Total Deposit: £1,169.25, Total Charge For Credit: £1,012.37, Total Amount Payable: £8,807.37, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.37%

Is the Dacia Sandero Stepway right for you?

The Dacia Sandero Stepway is a more expensive version of Dacia’s cheapest car. It taps into our growing love of crossovers by tempting you with a raised ride height, chunkier styling and a higher level of standard equipment, in the hope that you’ll be prepared to pay extra for the privilege.


Despite appearances, the Dacia Sandero Stepway isn’t a true off-roader, but how many of us really need a 4x4? Instead, the Stepway is a slightly more polished take on the standard Dacia Sandero formula, with the same easy-to-drive and easy-to-live-with appeal.


That said, it is showing its age, with a 2016 facelift and the launch of a few special editions along the way failing to disguise its vintage. Still, if you’re after a no-frills affordable crossover, the Dacia Sandero Stepway is an appealing proposition.

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

The Renault-sourced 0.9 TCe 90 petrol engine has been available throughout the Sandero Stepway’s life. The three-cylinder turbocharged motor provides the best balance of performance and economy.


It seems perfectly suited to the Sandero Stepway, offering a reasonably punchy 90PS and a respectable 51.4mpg, with reassurance provided by the fact that it also resides in the Renault Clio and Captur.


There’s no super-basicl Access trim on the Stepway version of the Sandero, so while this means the cost of entry is higher, you get an improved level of standard equipment. Trim levels have changed during the car’s seven-year lifespan, but Ambiance and Comfort offer a great blend of price and equipment. Spend too much on the Sandero Stepway and the price gets perilously close to rival cars, diluting the car’s appeal.

What other cars are similar to the Dacia Sandero Stepway?

The most obvious rival to the Stepway is the standard Dacia Sandero, which offers none of the rugged fancy stuff. It doesn’t feel as special as the Stepway, but paying the lowest price has always been central to Dacia’s appeal.


Beefy versions of small hatchbacks are relatively common these days - the Vauxhall Viva Rocks for example, but the Sandero Stepway straddles a number of segments, making it a fairly unique proposition. It’s cheaper than the smaller Fiat Panda City Cross and Fiat Panda 4x4, with a price tag that places it squarely in the sights of the latest budget city cars. You could also compare it to the likes of the Suzuki Ignis.

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Dacia Sandero Stepway Interior

On the inside

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Driving

Dacia Sandero Stepway Back

How much does it cost to run

Dacia Sandero Stepway Side

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the difference between Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway?

The difference between Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway is that the latter is essentially a 'crossover' version. The Stepway does look a whole lot nicer than the car it’s based on. It’s amazing what suspension raised by 40mm, front and rear skid plates, black body protection and a pair of roof bars can do for a car’s appearance.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Is the Dacia Sandero Stepway any good?

We think the Stepway treatment gives the Sandero an unlikely touch of class, although this doesn’t necessarily pull through to the interior. Cheap to buy, cheap to run and easy to live with – what’s not to like?

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What engine is in a Dacia Sandero Stepway?

The Sandero Stepway is the UK’s most popular Dacia, so it must be doing something right. It was launched in 2013 with a choice of a 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (labelled 0.9 TCe 90), along with a 1.5-litre diesel that wore a 1.5 dCi 90 badge.

David Ross

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David Ross

What Insurance Group is Dacia Sandero Stepway?

The Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75 slots into insurance group three, making it a very inexpensive car to insure. That’s the kind of group rating you’d associate with city cars or lowly small hatchbacks.

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