Even though the whole idea behind Dacia is centred on simplicity and eliminating the unnecessary, giving customers the ability to buy exactly what they need and nothing more – the features available really do give a driver exactly what they need, and even a few bits and pieces that could be considered ‘luxuries’.
From entry level, the Sandero features Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), four airbags, Daytime Running Lights, height adjustable headrests, 60/40 split folding rear seat, electric front windows and radio with CD, MP3, USB and Bluetooth as standard – yes, standard!
There are some luxurious German brands that charge over €1,000 just for the split rear seat, and Dacia give it to you for nothing.
Moving up to the Signature trim level, additional standard equipment includes 15″ alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, 7-funtion trip computer, cruise control, front fog lights, manual air conditioning and rear electric windows, all for a seriously affordable price.
The Sandero starts at just €9,990 – a price that is very hard to ignore when money is like hen’s teeth.
How does it perform in the real world? The answer is – very well actually!
In the city (which, in reality, is the natural home for the Sandero), there is more than enough power in the 90hp, three-cylinder, petrol engine, enough cool fair from the air-con to keep you comfortable during our long, hot summers (!), and enough connectivity to keep you hands-free on the phone or listening to tunes.
I had a trip to west Cork while I was road testing the Sandero, and it performed admirably both on the motorway and the twisty backroads around Skibbereen – although I wouldn’t be making a habit of driving that many miles in any supermini – not just the Sandero.
The Sandero offers impressive cabin space for up to five adults and a boot capacity of 320 litres.
Dacia allows countless motorists who previously had to settle for a used vehicle to own a new vehicle with a uniquely extensive specification. Dacia vehicles are known to be simple, generous, robust and 100 % functional.
They also deliver exceptional cabin space for the sort of price tag that was normally only associated with used vehicles, and their outstanding reliability provides real peace of mind, with low servicing costs.