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Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
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Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG50.40
  • 0-62mph11.1 secs
  • Top Speed104 mph
  • C02127 g/km
  • BHP90
  • Torque103 lbs/f
  • P11D26%


The Dacia Sandero Stepway is inexpensive but doesn't look it. It's a supermini that's been jacked up a bit to give a crossover look and seems to press all the right buttons for buyers who don't want big outlay but require big value. Here's the new generation version.

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In second generation form, the Dacia Sandero Stepway continues to offer a bit of fun for not a lot of money. Jonathan Crouch reports


You know when an idea is a good one when your opposition are looking at each other and wondering why they didn't think of it before. The Dacia formula is really rather simple. It takes tried and tested Renault engineering and recycles it into new cars hailing from Romania. Therefore there's very little research and development expense, low labour costs, minimal tooling outlay and hey presto, you have a line of cheap and reliable cars that are just about pitch perfect for these austere times. Hardly rocket science is it? Renault acquired the company in 1999 and began importing into the UK thirteen years later. The core range is based around the Duster compact SUV and the Sandero supermini, the latter still the cheapest car on sale in the UK and now rejuvenated in new generation, re-designed form. The contender we look at here, the Sandero Stepway, is a spin-off of that model and it's one that has a lot to be said for it.

Driving Experience

In order to understand the appeal of the Sandero Stepway, know this. The basic Sandero supermini upon which it's based has been designed to sell into many third world markets and as such is billed as having excellent ground clearance and "robust underbody protection for impressive performance on unpaved tracks". If that's not a great basis for building a jacked-up version with even greater abilities, I don't know what is. Do remember though, that this isn't a four-wheel drive car, so there are limits as to what it can negotiate. For tougher stuff, you'll probably need to buy Dacia's Duster compact SUV. The extra wheel travel seems to give the Stepway a marginally better ride quality than the standard Sandero and the 41mm raise in height hasn't made body control noticeably worse. This fresh generation model's stiffer, more sophisticated CMF-B platform means it can deliver some better engineering. Most Stepway folk will want the powerplant we'd recommend, the 89bhp three cylinder turbo petrol TCe 90 unit, which can be had with either 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic gearbox. Dacia isn't bothering with a diesel this time round, but if you're looking for something super-frugal, you can have the TCe 100 petrol unit in LPG form, with a dual fuel tank situated where the spare wheel would normally sit. With both the petrol and the LPG tanks filled, you'd have a range in this eco-variant of over 800 miles. Dacia promises that this car will now be easier to use around town too, thanks to the fact that the steering is now electrically (rather than hydraulically) assisted and apparently needs up to 36% less effort to turn at low speeds.

Design and Build

As before, the Stepway is styled to look a bit more rugged without actually offering any four wheel-drive underpinnings. Think Ford Fiesta Active or Audi A1 Citycarver and you're not far off the mark. The extra 41mm of stepped up ground clearance gives it a nicely chunky look and might well prove useful when bumping up and down big kerbs in town. This fresh generation version gets a redesigned front end and body features such as proper metal front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, pronounced flared wheel arches, larger 16-inch alloy wheels, longitudinal roof bars that can be turned into a functional roof rack and some smart paint colours. Otherwise, it's exactly like a standard Sandero, which means that this new generation version rides on the same CMF-B platform as a far pricier (and smaller) Renault Clio. That's allowed it to be a touch bigger than before, noticeably wider (1,848mm without mirrors) and 19mm longer. The look's less anonymous too, thanks to a Y-shaped LED front lighting signature. Inside, it's much nicer than before, with a more modern dashboard, embellished on this Stepway variant with fabric finishes. Infotainment's taken step forward too, with an 8-inch centre monitor featuring smartphone mirroring. Access to the rear is easy, with wide-opening doors and reasonable knee room; you could seat a couple of adults there more comfortably than in most other superminis. The boot's a bit bigger too, rated at 328-litres, which is 18-litres more than the old car could offer.

Market and Model

So how much are you going to end up paying? Think in terms of a Stepway starting price of around £10,000 (about £1,000 more than a regular Sandero) and you won't be too far out. That makes this still the cheapest Crossover-styled car you can buy. It undercuts rugged-ised versions of smaller city cars like the Fiat Panda Cross and the Kia Picanto X-line by at least around £2,000 and offers lots more space inside than both. For some perspective, in size, this car is somewhere between a Fiesta Active-shaped supermini (models of which tend to be priced from around £15,000) and a Focus Active-sized family hatch (priced from around £20,000). So you get the idea. It really is hard to argue with this kind of value proposition. Two interior media infotainment options are available, based around an 8-inch touchscreen; 'Media Display', which incorporates 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. And 'Media Nav', which has built-in sat nav with Wi-Fi-based smartphone access. Optional extras if you want to plush up your Sandero include automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, a reversing camera, auto wipers and (for the first time) a power operated sunroof.

Cost of Ownership

Expect a decent step forward in efficiency figures, thanks to this new generation Sandero Stepway model's more modern engineering and lighter, more sophisticated CMF-B platform. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The three cylinder turbo 1.0-litre TCe 90 turbo unit we think most customers will want here should manage around 55mpg on the combined cycle and under 120g/km of CO2. You still won't get quite as good showing as you would from a pricier mainstream rugged-ised supermini like a Ford Fiesta Active, but there's no doubt that Dacia has considerably closed the previous gap in efficiency that existed compared to the mainstream market. And it's useful to have the rare option of LPG power for the TCe 90 engine, should you be prepared to consider it. On to the warranty. Dacia offers an industry standard 3-year/60,000 miles guarantee from the showroom, backed by three years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance. For a little more, you can extend the cover by two years or you can up the period covered to a Kia-equalling 7 years and 100,000 miles. Service intervals are every year or every 12,000 miles and since most Renault dealers look after Dacias too, you shouldn't be too far from a specialist workshop. It also helps that there's a timing chain that'll last as long as the engine. Dacia offers a choice of pre-paid servicing schemes covering you for either two years and 24,000 miles or three years and 36,000 miles.


This much improved Dacia Sandero Stepway deserves to do very well. It's a much more interesting and, crucially, more expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although the craze for these SUV-styled superminis might have been and gone, it's still a vehicle that will continue to find a ready market here in the UK. With its 41mm raised ride height, it will not only appeal to those looking for something a bit beefy-looking to drive in town, but older buyers might well appreciate not having to sit so far down into the vehicle. The pricing looks extremely good as well. For only a couple of hundred pounds more than the most depressingly basic citycar, you can buy a well-equipped Stepway with a modern petrol turbo engine and miles more equipment. Perhaps Skoda should have been Volkswagen's Dacia, but it hasn't really worked out that way. It's become a bit too gentrified. The Stepway is a case study in how to do budget cars very well indeed.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
3 speed windscreen wipers
Black door handles
Black side sills
Body colour bumpers
Chrome front grille
Double optic headlights with chrome surround
Electric front windows + drivers one touch
Front fog lights
Heated rear window
High level third rear brake light
LED daytime running lights
Manual adjustable rear windows
Manually adjustable door mirrors
Metal grey door mirrors
Metal grey roof bars
Rear wash/wipe
Satin chrome fog lamp embelisher
Satin chrome skid plate
Stepway logo on front door panel
Tinted windows
Wheelarch extensions
Tyre inflation kit
16" Stepway steel wheels with alloy look trims
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
Eco mode
Rev counter
Stop/start system
Aux input
DAB/FM/AM radio with fingertip controls and 4 speakers
USB connection for MP3 players
Interior Features
12V power point for rear passengers
12V socket by gear lever
3 rear height adjustable headrests
60/40 split folding rear seat
Boot light
Cloth upholstery
Driver's seat height adjustment
Front courtesy lights
Front passenger grab handle
Front seat back map pockets
Gear shift indicator
Headlights left on audible and visual warning
Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable steering wheel
Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
Manual air conditioning
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Rear passenger grab handle
Satin Chrome door handles
Two tone door panels dark carbon/light grey
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Child locks on rear doors
Door open visual warning
Driver's airbag
Electronic brake force distribution
ESC with ASR and Hill start assist
Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Passenger airbag with deactivation function
Tyre pressure monitor
Anti-intruder automatic door locking system
Remote central locking
Thatcham approved engine immobiliser
Raised ride height
Satin chrome air vent surround
Satin chrome centre console surround
Satin chrome instrument dial surrounds
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 121
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 140
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 138
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 898
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 73.1
Engine Code H4B 408
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 51.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 56.5
EC Urban (mpg) 42.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 40.4
WLTP - MPG - High 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 50.4
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 0.9
Badge Power 90
Coin Description TCe
Coin Series Essential
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 9E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 80
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 79
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 57
NCAP Safety Assist % 55
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 120000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11.1
Engine Power - BHP 90
Engine Power - KW 66
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 103
Engine Torque - MKG 14.3
Engine Torque - NM 140
Engine Torque - RPM 2250
Top Speed 104
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Alloys? No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 185/65 R16
Wheel Type 16" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1555
Height (including roof rails) 1615
Length 4089
Wheelbase 2589
Width 1761
Width (including mirrors) 1994
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1538
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 320
Max. Loading Weight 498
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 790
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 555
Minimum Kerbweight 1040
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.5


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £170.31 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £174.08 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £177.86 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £186.99 p/m £21.49 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £193.06 p/m £33.49 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £200.45 p/m £44.38 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £207.21 p/m £49.18 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £147.17 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £145.78 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £146.81 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £156.18 p/m Call Us
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £165.52 p/m Call Us
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £172.55 p/m Call Us
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £179.54 p/m £58.53 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £131.69 p/m £18.85 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £130.74 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £132.94 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £141.61 p/m Call Us
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £148.71 p/m Call Us
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £154.97 p/m £53.02 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £160.05 p/m £66.79 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £204.37 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £208.90 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £213.43 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £224.39 p/m £25.79 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £231.68 p/m £40.18 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £240.54 p/m £53.26 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £248.65 p/m £59.02 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £176.61 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £213.45 p/m £17.59 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £214.93 p/m £19.37 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £219.18 p/m £24.25 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £223.76 p/m £37.29 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £227.37 p/m £52.53 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £215.44 p/m £70.24 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £158.03 p/m £22.62 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £184.88 p/m £20.60 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £185.97 p/m £23.41 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £189.25 p/m £31.52 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £192.85 p/m £45.23 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £185.97 p/m £63.62 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £192.06 p/m £80.15 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

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Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £560.00
Metallic - Azurite blue £560.00
Metallic - Dune Beige £560.00
Metallic - Fusion red £560.00
Metallic - Highland Grey £560.00
Metallic - Iron blue £560.00
Metallic - Mink £560.00
Metallic - Pearl black £560.00
Metallic - Slate grey £560.00
Solid - Glacier white FOC
Cloth - Dark carbon FOC
Emergency spare wheel £175.00
* option prices shown are estimated