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Dacia SANDERO HATCHBACK 0.9 TCe Essential 5dr

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

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG52.30
  • 0-62mph11.1 secs
  • Top Speed109 mph
  • C02123 g/km
  • BHP90
  • Torque103 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

The Dacia Sandero might be the cheapest car on sale in the UK but that doesn't mean it's not without merit. In fact the Sandero is big, solidly built and features some decent engines, especially in this improved guise. The entry-level car will be too spartan for many but even the range-topper looks good value. If you're just about to buy a mainstream brand citycar, supermini or family hatch, you need to stop right here and read on..

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The improved Dacia Sandero is a little more polished but it remains a very affordable is here. It's cheap, it's very cheerful and it could very well completely change the way you think about budgeting for a new compact family car. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Sometimes, I think I must have been born in the wrong era. Is it just me - or does everything these days seem to cost rather more than it should? Take the purchase of a compact family car, the kind most people want, with room for up to five, a modern engine and a decent-sized 300-litre boot. Today, the mainstream makers have decreed that you'll pay from £14,000 to £15,000 for such a thing. But one brand disagrees. Dacia. For much less than half those kinds of asking figures, this Renault-owned Romanian marque can bring you this car, the Sandero. Let's check out this revised version.

Driving Experience

The range kicks off with a 1.0-litre Sce 75 three cylinder normally aspirated petrol unit. A well-proven Tce 90 turbo petrol engine is also available. You're probably going to want it too as performance from the Sce 75 powerplant is rather leisurely, the rest to 62mph sprint occupying 14.2s. The Tce 90 derivative improves that showing to 11.1s. There's also a 1.0-litre Bi-Fuel LPG powerplant too. We could sit here all day making cutting comments about this Sandero's ride and handling package but d'you know what? We'll cut to the chase. It's perfectly adequate for the modest needs of its target market. It always was; it still is. The robust suspension set-up that suits this model's third world customers is perfectly adequate for ordinary A to B driving, though can lose its composure when confronted with serious tarmac imperfections. Push a little through the bends and you'll find that body roll is actually reasonably well controlled and you get decent levels of cornering traction too. We could do with a little more feel through the steering wheel, but the helm is at least light, offering a city-friendly 10.58m turning circle. As before, this car is built tough. How many other superminis are promoted as having excellent ground clearance enabling them to take on all kinds of road conditions with "robust underbody protection for impressive performance on unpaved tracks"? I've experienced the roads in this car's home state of Romania and if this Dacia can cope with them, it shouldn't have any problems with our potholes and speed humps - though I should point out that models produced for the brand's home market actually ride 14mm higher than our Sanderos.

Design and Build

So where does the Dacia Sandero fit, sizewise? That very much depends on how you position the car. On price, you'd have to say it's competing with city cars but in terms of the amount of metal you get, it's actually sized somewhere between a Fiesta-sized supermini and a Focus-sized family hatch. In other words, for the kind of money being asked, the interior and exterior dimensions are very generous indeed, with the ordinary five-door hatchback Sandero offering 1436mm of rear elbow room, giving enough space to seat three adults comfortably or install three child seats. Boot volume is 320-litres (slightly more than a Ford Focus) which is extremely good for this class and there's a 60/40 split fold rear seat to improve practicality still further. In 2017, changes were made to this model, including a revised front end design showcasing Dacia's smarter lighting signature flanking a revised honeycombed grille. The interior's smarter than it once was too, with satin-effect chrome finishing to lift the dashboard, a smarter steering wheel and some soft-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. As before, the cabin offers plenty of storage, notably via 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. As before, there's the option of a crossover-like Sandero Stepway bodystyle with raised suspension and roofbars.

Market and Model

So how much are you going to end up paying? Believe it or not, from around just £7,000. That makes the Sandero the cheapest car you can buy. It undercuts other much smaller budget models by at least £1,000 or more and offers more space inside. For some perspective, in size, this car is somewhere between a Fiesta-shaped supermini and a Focus-sized family hatch. So you get the idea. It really is hard to argue with this kind of value proposition. There's only a single five-door hatchback bodystyle but it does come in either standard form or as the 'Sandero Stepway', a variant that dresses up this design with a bit more SUV-style attitude and offers a higher ride height. Go shopping at the lower end of the standard hatch range and you can't expect too much in terms of standard equipment, though things have improved in that regard with this revised model. Most variants get a DAB radio and you no longer have to stretch right top the top of the range for air conditioning - it's now standard from the 'Essential' level upwards. Beyond that, there's top-spec 'Comfort'-spec. As before, the entry-level 'Access' versions come only with the base SCe 75 petrol engine and are equipped with manual windows all round. For this kind of money of course, you might expect to have to have to wind up your windows yourself and do without things like body-coloured bumpers or remote central locking, but it may be a shock to find that you don't even get a radio or something as basic as a passenger grab handle - and that the only colour on offer is white. Still, all these things are of course available on the plusher Sandero models that most British customers will choose.

Cost of Ownership

Given that much of a new car's cost of ownership is swallowed up in depreciation, it makes perfect sense to minimise your financial exposure in the first instance if you want to keep a cap on bills. If you've paid around £6,000 for a Sandero and it sheds half of its value in three years, you're still only three grand in the hole. And £1,000 per year in depreciation is something most new car owners can only dream of. In fact, I have a suspicion the Sandero will do a lot better than that, because the public is getting wise to the Dacia brand and the engines on offer in this car all offer decent economy and low emissions. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The Tce 90 petrol unit is the zippiest and even that will return a combined fuel figure of 47.0mpg and emissions of 134g/km. The 1.0-litre Sce petrol engine that comes with that headline-grabbing price tag manages 48.7mpg and 130g/km - which isn't going to send many of you to the wall. All Dacia models can now also be ordered in LPG form, badged 'Tce 100 Bi-Fuel', featuring a 1.0-litre turbocharged dual-fuel powertrain combining petrol and LPG capabilities. 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, Dacia's offers them the option to extend their warranty should they wish.

Summary

The Dacia Sandero remains an interesting car. Yes, you can buy it as a super stripped-out bargain basement item for around £7,000 but most of us want a few more creature comforts. Like the Duster, Dacia has very carefully worked the specifications list so that the super-low baseline model price tag draws customers into dealers where they will then realise that the car they actually want is the range-topper. So how will this improved Sandero fare? Pretty well, we think. Even if you do migrate to the comparatively well equipped Laureate model, you'll still not be paying big money. Especially when you bear in mind that the opening price for a smaller five-door Vauxhall Corsa with air conditioning can easily be over £16,000. For more than £6,000 less, you get a top specification Sandero. Couched in those terms, the good news is that this Dacia is a bit of a no-brainer.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
3 speed windscreen wipers
Black door handles
Black door mirrors
Black fog light surrounds
Body colour bumpers
Chrome front grille strip
Chrome headlight surround
Double optic headlights with chrome surround
Electric front windows + drivers one touch
Heated rear window
High level third rear brake light
LED daytime running lights
Manual adjustable rear windows
Manually adjustable door mirrors
Rear wash/wipe
Tinted windows
Wheels
Tyre inflation kit
15" Tarkine steel wheels trims
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
Eco mode
PAS
Rev counter
Stop/start system
Entertainment
Aux input
DAB/FM/AM radio with fingertip controls and 4 speakers
USB connection
Interior Features
12V power point for rear passengers
12V socket by gear lever
3 rear height adjustable headrests
4 speed heating and ventilation system
60/40 split folding rear seat
Black interior door handles
Boot light
Cerite cloth upholstery
Front courtesy lights
Front passenger grab handle
Gear shift indicator
Headlights left on audible and visual warning
Height adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable steering wheel
Isofix on 2nd row outer seats
Manual air conditioning
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Two tone door panels dark carbon/light grey
Safety
ABS+EBA
Child locks on rear doors
Door open visual warning
Driver's airbag
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
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Anti-intruder automatic door locking system
Remote central locking
Thatcham approved engine immobiliser
Trim
Piano black air vents
Satin chrome centre console surround
Satin chrome instrument dial surrounds
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 117
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 134
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
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 53.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 42.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 47
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 44.1
WLTP - MPG - High 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Low 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 51.4
General
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
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
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) 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 109
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 15" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1519
Length 4069
Wheelbase 2589
Width 1733
Width (including mirrors) 1994
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1516
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 320
Max. Loading Weight 510
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 780
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 540
Minimum Kerbweight 1006
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 £146.94 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £150.50 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £154.05 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £161.78 p/m £20.78 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £167.11 p/m £32.51 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £174.24 p/m £43.05 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £179.61 p/m £47.77 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £129.12 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £131.55 p/m £16.90 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £134.00 p/m £19.70 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £140.32 p/m £26.33 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £146.13 p/m £35.95 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £151.55 p/m £50.57 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £157.34 p/m £56.00 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £115.80 p/m £18.45 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £118.30 p/m £20.94 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £120.79 p/m £23.44 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £126.79 p/m £29.75 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £131.94 p/m £42.56 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £136.31 p/m £50.86 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £140.70 p/m £64.23 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £176.32 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £180.59 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £184.87 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £194.14 p/m £24.94 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £200.53 p/m £39.01 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £209.08 p/m £51.66 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £215.53 p/m £57.32 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £154.94 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £157.86 p/m £20.28 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £160.80 p/m £23.65 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £168.39 p/m £31.60 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £175.36 p/m £43.14 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £181.86 p/m £60.68 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £188.81 p/m £67.20 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £138.96 p/m £22.14 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £141.96 p/m £25.13 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £144.95 p/m £28.13 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £152.15 p/m £35.69 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £158.33 p/m £51.07 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £163.57 p/m £61.03 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £168.84 p/m £77.07 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
Cerite cloth - Black FOC
Wheels
Emergency spare wheel £175.00
* option prices shown are estimated