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Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY HATCHBACK 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr

Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
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Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
Dacia SANDERO STEPWAY 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG52.30
  • 0-62mph16.7 secs
  • Top Speed97 mph
  • C02123 g/km
  • BHP75
  • Torque70 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

The improved 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.

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The improved Dacia Sandero Stepway offers a bit of fun for not a lot of money. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

You know when an idea is a good 'un 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 but it's been only in the last decade that cars have once again been imported to the UK. We've had the Duster budget 4x4 and this was followed by the Sandero supermini, at launch the cheapest car on sale in the UK. The car 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, especially in this improved form.

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 that this isn't a four-wheel drive car though, 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 entry-level normally aspirated SCe75 petrol engine will probably be more than enough for most people and it's a sweet little motor, the three cylinders making a characterful sound and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. There's also a little turbo petrol unit, the TCe 90. Alternatively, there's a 1.5-litre Blue dCi 95 diesel that isn't the most refined unit we've come across but nevertheless makes all the right economy and emissions figures. The extra wheel travel seems to give the Stepway a marginally better ride quality than the standard Sandero and the 40mm raise in height hasn't made body control noticeably worse.

Design and Build

The Stepway is styled to look a bit more rugged without actually offering any four wheel-drive underpinnings. Think Qashqai-style compact Crossover and you're not far off the mark. That stepped up ground clearance gives it a nicely chunky look and might well prove useful when bumping up and down big kerbs in town. It also gets a redesigned front end and body features such as front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, two-tone bumpers, pronounced wheel arches, 16-inch 'Stepway' alloy-look rims, two-tone longitudinal roof bars and exclusive blue paint. Inside, there's embroidered upholstery and grey overstitching for a bolder look. We should talk about the changes made to this revised model which gets a revised front end design showcasing Dacia's new lighting signature flanking a revised honeycombed grille. The interior's smarter too, with satin-effect chrome finishing to lift the dashboard, a revised steering wheel and some softer-touch surfaces on upper-spec variants. Dacia has even moved the electric window switches from the centre console to a more conventional place on the doors. Boot volume is 320-litres, which is extremely good for this class and there's a 60/40 split fold rear seat to improve practicality still further. The cabin offers plenty of storage, notably with the addition of a central cubby box. The oddments spaces in the front and rear doors are large enough to house a 1.5-litre and 0.5-litre bottle respectively.

Market and Model

When Dacia developed the Sandero, it set out to bring a completely stripped out and basic car to market which is why it was able to sell you one for less than six grand. The Stepway is a different animal and will appeal to a different buyer. With no thrift store Access specification and base SCe 75 1.0-litre engine available, the base price is pushed quite a bit higher, in this case to around £9,000, but that's still remarkable value for money. Mind you, what do you compare it with? Probably one of the cheaper small Crossovers, maybe a SsangYong Tivoli perhaps, but one of those will cost you thousands more. It all means that many will find this model's value proposition too strong to ignore. The entry-level 'Essential' specification is equipped with air conditioning, electric front windows, front fog lights, and roof bars, Bluetooth, metallic paint, a DAB radio/CD system, driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags and stability control. Go for the range-topping 'Comfort' trim and you'll find all that plus a 'MediaNav' Evolution 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system including satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. Plus cruise control with a speed limiter, front fog lights, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, a height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, leather gearknob and a trip computer. The price for all of that? Around £11,000, or around £12,500 if paired with the diesel engine. That wouldn't even squeak you into the most basic Volkswagen Polo you can buy, equipped with a flaccid 60PS petrol engine. I know what I'd rather have.

Cost of Ownership

Such is the buzz that's being created around Dacia cars that the brand is getting some serious recognition from real car enthusiasts. I know a guy with a stable of Ferraris who uses a Duster as the car he punts into town. The Stepway probably isn't going to be quite as depreciation resistant as the most basic Sandero models but it'll still do well and the low asking price means that the edge will be taken off any depreciation. The SCe75 petrol engine is respectably quick but it'll still return reasonable fuel economy. Dacia quotes a figure of between 43.5 and 45.6mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and emissions of 124g/km. For the Tce 90 petrol, Dacia quotes a figure of between 42.2 and 45.6mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and emissions of 127g/km.Go for the Blue dCi 95 diesel and you're looking at 58.8-62.7mpg and 103g/km of CO2. All new Sanderos come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever is reached sooner). Rather than forcing buyers to pay a premium for a longer warranty they might not want, there's the option to extend their warranty should they wish.

Summary

The Dacia Sandero Stepway will continue to sell very well. It's a much more interesting and, crucially, expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although it's essentially a 4x4-styled supermini rather than a purpose-developed small Crossover, it's still a vehicle that will find a ready market here in the UK. With its 40mm 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 less than, say, the most depressingly basic 60PS Volkswagen Polo, you can buy a range-topping Stepway with a 95PS diesel engine and goodies like cruise control, air conditioning, parking sensors and a seven-inch touch screen with navigation. Think about that for a moment. Consider how insecure you'd need to be to choose the comfort blanket security of the Volkswagen badge over that. 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
Wheels
Tyre inflation kit
16" Stepway steel wheels with alloy look trims
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
PAS
Rev counter
Stop/start system
Entertainment
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
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS+EBA
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
Security
Anti-intruder automatic door locking system
Remote central locking
Thatcham approved engine immobiliser
Technical
Raised ride height
Trim
Satin chrome air vent surround
Satin chrome centre console surround
Satin chrome instrument dial surrounds
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 118
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 136
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 71
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 84
Engine Code BR10 MT
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 54.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 56.5
EC Urban (mpg) 45.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 40.4
WLTP - MPG - High 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 53.3
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.0
Badge Power 75
Coin Description SCe
Coin Series Essential
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 3E
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 12000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 16.7
Engine Power - BHP 75
Engine Power - KW 55
Engine Power - RPM 6300
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 70
Engine Torque - MKG 9.7
Engine Torque - NM 95
Engine Torque - RPM 3500
Top Speed 97
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 185/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
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 1505
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 320
Max. Loading Weight 498
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 790
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 540
Minimum Kerbweight 1007
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £148.82 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £152.45 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £156.08 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £164.88 p/m £21.49 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £170.73 p/m £33.49 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £177.83 p/m £44.38 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £184.32 p/m £49.18 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £131.12 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £133.98 p/m £17.20 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £136.84 p/m £20.31 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £144.14 p/m £27.05 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £150.18 p/m £36.96 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £156.23 p/m £52.88 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £162.25 p/m £58.53 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £118.69 p/m £18.85 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £121.27 p/m £21.45 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £123.88 p/m £24.07 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £130.68 p/m £30.55 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £136.42 p/m £44.48 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £141.08 p/m £53.02 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £145.95 p/m £66.79 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £178.58 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £182.94 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £187.30 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £197.86 p/m £25.79 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £204.88 p/m £40.18 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £213.40 p/m £53.26 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £221.19 p/m £59.02 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £157.34 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £160.78 p/m £20.64 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £164.20 p/m £24.37 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £172.97 p/m £32.46 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £180.22 p/m £44.35 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £187.47 p/m £63.46 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £194.70 p/m £70.24 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £142.43 p/m £22.62 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £145.53 p/m £25.74 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £148.65 p/m £28.88 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £156.82 p/m £36.66 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £163.71 p/m £53.38 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £169.29 p/m £63.62 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £175.14 p/m £80.15 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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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

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £560.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Azurite blue £560.00
Metallic - Cosmos 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 brown £560.00
Metallic - Pearl black £560.00
Metallic - Slate grey £560.00
Solid - Glacier white FOC
Trim
Cloth - Dark carbon FOC
Wheels
Emergency spare wheel £175.00
* option prices shown are estimated