Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 Dci Ambiance 5Dr Diesel Hatchback
Body: Hatchback Year: 14/64
Fuel Type: Diesel
Quote Reference Number: 0DU-531443
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- Insurance Group10A
- Performance (BHP)90
- Number of Seats5
- CO2 (g/km)105
- Road Tax£20
|Electric front windows|
|Heated rear window|
|3 speed windscreen wipers|
|ABS + EBD + EBA|
|ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control|
|Audible lights on warning|
|Body colour door mirrors|
|Chrome air vent surrounds|
|Chrome instrument dials|
|Graphite centre console|
|4x20W radio/CD/MP3 with aux input and fingertip controls|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Chrome headlight surround|
|Chrome fog light surround|
|Satin chrome roof bars|
|Satin chrome scuff plates|
|Front fog lights|
|Daytime running lights|
|Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan|
|Front passenger grab handle|
|Graphite steering wheel insert|
|Front courtesy lights|
|Driver/Front Passenger airbags|
|Front side airbags|
|Three 3 point rear seatbelts|
|Door open warning|
|Child locks on rear doors|
|Front passenger airbag deactivation|
|Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings|
|Tyre pressure monitor|
|Height adjustable front headrests|
|3 rear height adjustable headrests|
|Isofix on 2nd row outer seats|
|60/40 split folding rear seat|
|Remote central locking|
|Automatic door locking|
|Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror|
|16" steel wheels|
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Ten Second 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.
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 few years 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.
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 90PS 1.2-litre 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. Alternatively, there's a 90PS 1.5-litre 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 Ambiance 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 Laureate 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 £10,000, or around £11,500 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 TCe 90 1.2-litre petrol engine is respectably quick but it'll still return reasonable fuel economy. Dacia quotes a figure of 55.4mpg and emissions of 115g/km. Go diesel and you're looking at 74.3mpg and 98g/km - but it's worth bearing in mind that if you choose the same diesel in a non-Stepway Sandero it'll dip to 90g/km. 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.
Electric front windows, ABS + EBD + EBA, Raised suspension, Bluetooth system, PAS, Rev counter, Body colour door mirrors, Chrome air vent surrounds, 2 speakers, Body colour bumpers, Front fog lights, Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||11.8|
|Engine Power - BHP||90|
|Engine Power - KW||66|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||4000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||162|
|Engine Torque - MKG||22.4|
|Engine Torque - NM||220|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1750|
|CO2 (g/km)||98 (g/km)|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 6|
|EC Combined (mpg)||74.3|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||80.4|
|EC Urban (mpg)||64.7|
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