Currently reading: New Dacia Sandero: major upgrade for value supermini
Latest Clio platform sees Dacia's best-selling small car grow in size for 2021
Felix Page Autocar writer
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29 September 2020

Dacia’s Sandero and Sandero Stepway superminis have entered their next generation with a new platform, an updated design and revised engines.

The Romanian-produced Sandero, one of Europe’s most affordable and best-selling cars, has been redesigned to offer “more modernity, roominess and versatility”.

Along with revamped front- and rear-end styling featuring new Y-shaped LED signatures, the hatchback’s roofline has been lowered by 1cm, its track widened and its wheels made to sit flush with their arches. The ruggedly styled Stepway variant sits 41mm higher than the standard car, courtesy of its larger tyres, and features offroad-inspired styling elements including flared wheel arches, roof bars, plastic body cladding and body-coloured skidplates at its front and rear ends.

Dacia has also overhauled its Logan saloon, but that won’t be sold in the UK. Its estate-bodied Logan MCV sibling, which is likely to return to Britain, has yet to be shown in its new form.

The Sanderos and Logans all now sit atop Dacia parent firm Renault’s CMF-B platform. Shared with the latest Clio, this is said to reduce weight while improving ride quality, handling characteristics and safety.

Each new model is available with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine paired with either a six-speed manual or new CVT gearbox. In addition, Dacia will continue to offer this unit with its Bi-Fuel LPG option in the UK.

The new Sandero can also be specified with a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine with a five-speed manual ’box. Official efficiency figures have yet to be detailed, but Dacia promises reduced CO2 emissions across the ranges.

The models hold true to Dacia’s view that “modern cars shouldn’t be filled with nonessential features”, although their interiors receive more supportive front seats and a shorter gearstick, plus new standard features including a phone holder, cruise control and automatic headlights.

The Sandero’s steering, now electrically rather than hydraulically assisted, needs up to 36% less effort than before to turn the car at low speeds. Three different multimedia packages are now offered on the Sandero. With the entry-level Control option, the driver’s smartphone assumes the role of the infotainment system, using a new dedicated app to give access to music, calls, messaging and sat-nav.

The Display option brings a more conventional 8.0in touchscreen set-up, a pair of additional stereo speakers and smartphone mirroring, while the top-rung Nav grade comes with inbuilt sat-nav, wireless smartphone mirroring and a six-speaker audio system.


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Optional extras include heated front seats, automatic air conditioning, a remote boot release, an electronic parking brake, a reversing camera and automatic windscreen wipers. The Sandero (and Sandero Stepway) will also offer an electrically opening sunroof for the first time from 2021.

The supermini is safer than its predecessor, thanks to extra chassis reinforcements, airbags and seat supports, alongside a raft of standard advanced driver assistance systems, including emergency brake assistance, blind-spot monitoring, parking assistance and hill-start assistance.

Dacia has yet to confirm UK pricing for the Sandero but says it “will still be unbeatable in terms of price”, so we expect an entry point of about £8000. Order books will open in the coming months, with customer deliveries due to get under way from the end of this year.


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29 September 2020

With a few of the new supermini-class cars now starting at a smidgen under £20,000 (Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz and even non-hybrid VW Polo starting at over £17,000) that suggested £8,000 starting price by Autocar for the Sandero is going to be way off the mark. 

29 September 2020
gavsmit wrote:

With a few of the new supermini-class cars now starting at a smidgen under £20,000 (Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz and even non-hybrid VW Polo starting at over £17,000) that suggested £8,000 starting price by Autocar for the Sandero is going to be way off the mark.

I agree , the stupid low balling of prices is an autocar tradition, remember when fraud musks model 3 was hyped on autocar ‘predicted’ to sell fron £28k but cheapest model 3 you can buy in the UK is £41k…

cars in 2020 NEVER sell for 8k new, a base kia picanto is £10k, the fiat 500 which has a lot in common with the dacia(built in a soviet state factory , prehistoric underpinnings , no frills build) base price Is £13k now.. so maybe the clowns at autocar should engage logic and see that it is impossible for Renault to sell this car for 8k base and make a profit.. My biggest hate about Dacia is NOT the cars themselves but the leach parent Renault, similar to VW group ownership of Skoda the brand will NEVER be allowed to be ‘too good’ so It does not step on the toes and take sales from the so called higher perceived value brands in the family. Renault is partly owned by the French government and the company making huge loses, this will further relegate Dacia to a brand artificially nerfed even further to protect the sacred renault(!)

One example of this is the nav unit, I would take a guess and say the ones in the new Dacias are the same basic unit as the one in the Clio but Renault deliberately under clock the processor inside to be infuriating slow to use compared to the snappy responsive ‘upgraded’ Renault version.. Its great that the Dacias are parts bin specials using old tooling from discontinued Renaults and Nissans from a vertical integration standpoint but its disgusting that the cars are artificially made to be worse to not cannibalise sales from its parent company.

30 September 2020
My god, you come out with some shit.

1 October 2020
gavsmit wrote:

With a few of the new supermini-class cars now starting at a smidgen under £20,000 (Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz and even non-hybrid VW Polo starting at over £17,000) that suggested £8,000 starting price by Autocar for the Sandero is going to be way off the mark. 

They'll still be cheaper than other cars in their class but with other makes now costing obscene money, that's the perfect opportunity for Dacia to up the price of the Sandero by at least 3 or 4 grand. 

29 September 2020

Not sure why there are no pictures of the actual interior. There are plenty of official shots in the European motoring press such as French site L’Automobile 

29 September 2020
Great looks inside and outside. Finally, the platform is up to date and the CVT gearbox is more than welcome. These will sell like hot cakes.

29 September 2020
Would be very surprising if it were to return to the UK, seeing as there won't be a Logan MCV this time around.

But what do I know, I'm not a journalist. I even think supportive seats are essential. How daft of me.

29 September 2020

Straying from the raison d'etre surely?

EPB, auto wipers, EBA, PA, etc

Lots to go wrong

"Why be complicated when you can keep it simple?"

29 September 2020
There is no Logan MCV planned for the UK (I've had it confirmed), for the next few years at least; rest of the worldwide market I don't know.

As for pricing, I fully expect it to be priced to a similar level to how Sandero is priced currently, it won't suddenly shoot up to close to your Fords, VW'S, Renaults etc, the very low price is Dacias USP and that is where it will remain.

The Sandero as it is currently is very long in the tooth, this new one can't come soon enough and I predict it will be a huge success, just from the photos it looks fantastic and very big step up.

29 September 2020

If this really is based on the CMF-B plaform and will start from £8,000, it really begs the question, who would buy a Clio or Captur, which look very similar, for more than twice the price?


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