Following the arrival of new Sandero, the award-winning supermini really has never looked so appealing.
Building on the Sandero's established chunky, contemporary style, the latest version takes on a distinctive new look that gives it an identity all of its own, while also conveying an enhanced feel of quality.
Of the comprehensive changes in new Sandero, the most obvious is a brand new front end design that showcases Dacia's new lighting signature. As part of the fresh front end treatment, Sandero now benefits from new
double optic front headlights, as on the Duster, and there are also LED Daytime Running Lights as standard, which feature a pattern of four stacked rectangles.
There's also a brand new grille with a honeycomb design with a chrome centre line on the Sandero together with a sharper, more chiselled bumper that has more prominent fog lights to complete the more dynamic, contemporary appearance.
The purposeful new style continues at the back. The rear lighting signature is based on four illuminated squares, while the bumper designs have been reworked to emphasise the cars' stance.
With an individual style that blends robustness with the contemporary, Dacia's high-selling supermini stands out in more ways than one.
The front end has a well defined, co-ordinated feel, with its prominent badge, large headlights and honeycomb grille. The side view shows off the sculpted treatment of the bodywork that strengthens the appearance
of the wheelarches, while the profile sweeps up from the bottom edge of the raked windscreen to create a sleek silhouette, reflecting Sandero's aerodynamic qualities.
The 15-inch wheels fitted to every version fill the arches to emphasise the car's strong, planted look, with different designs dedicated to each of the four grades.
Sandero's price tag might be city-car small, but in terms of design and packaging, the car is every bit as spacious and accommodating as a regular five-door family hatch. Its vital statistics are a length of 4,058mm length,
width of 1,732mm, height of 1,518mm and a 2,589mm wheelbase, ensuring an interior that's spacious enough for five.
There's no stinting on load space, either. With the rear seat in place the boot offers 320 litres – one of the highest in the supermini class; with the rear seat folded that figure soars to 1,200 litres.
Sandero's body structure is also engineered to protect, with reinforced, programmed crumple zones, and attention to the thickness and stiffness of the bumper and bonnet to help protect pedestrians in an impact.Interior
Sandero's interior styling is all about ease of use, comfort and attention to detail. Contrary to what some might expect, given the 'shockingly affordable' prices, the finish is high, with quality materials and chunky shapes.
With the arrival of the new model, the interior has been upgraded to give a more elegant and contemporary feel. The enhancements include contemporary satin-effect chrome finish for the air vent surrounds, trim strip and centre console fascia, while a new four-spoke steering wheel design has the horn push in the centre, moving it from its previous position on the indicator stalk. A new steering wheel also offers improved integration of the cruise control and speed limiter buttons for Comfort versions, while it also has an exclusive Soft Feel finish for high-end versions.
Additionally, there are new upholstery fabrics, textures and patterns, which convey a fresher feel and a greater impression of comfort and quality.
For more convenience and in line with customer comments, the front electric window switches have been moved from the centre console to a panel by the door handles. There is the addition of a 12-volt power socket, which allows rear passengers to charge mobile devices, and numerous stowage spaces, including a front mobile phone cubby hole and a tray on the side of the console to accommodate small items. The new centre console design incorporates a bottle holder at the rear. Technologies'Big car' technologies add even more value
Sandero's unrivalled value is even more amazing when its 'big car' technologies are added into the equation.
To make the distinctive supermini even more enjoyable to own, Dacia has equipped the Sandero with features that are more common in cars costing considerably more.
In addition to a raft of advanced active and passive safety features and the availability of its cutting-edge TCe 90 turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that combines nippy performance with optimum efficiency,
Sandero notably benefits from the availability of the MediaNav Evolution 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system.
Available on the Comfort version, which also boasts such big car technologies as cruise control, speed limiter and a seven-function onboard computer, MediaNav includes satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, while rear parking sensors provide added peace of mind when manoeuvring around town.Powertrains, Chassis and Driving DynamicsHighly efficient engines
Sandero isn't just a bargain to buy, it's economical to run, too. And a lot of that is thanks to its three highly efficient EÚ6 engines.
The latest addition to the engine line-up is the new SCe 75 1.0-litre threecylinder petrol engine, Dacia being the first of Groupe Renault to utilise it. This engine produces the same power as the outgoing 1.2-litre 16V 75,
yet is up to 10 per cent more efficient.
This saving has been achieved by reducing the weight of the engine by 20 kilograms thanks to an all-aluminium block and advanced technology, including a variable displacement oil pump, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated cam followers, and graphite-coated piston skirts. Double cam-phasing Variable Valve Timing (VVT) provides an added boost to driving enjoyment.
The SCe 75 1.0-litre engine delivers 53.3mpg (combined cycle) fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 127g/km, putting it down in Band C for road tax. It allows the Sandero to accelerate from standstill to 62mph in 15.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 98mph.
The lively and responsive 898cc three-cylinder TCe 90 petrol turbo engine, offered in all except Access trim, is the same contemporary unit that's at the heart of the new Renault Clio range, and comes with Stop and Start so that it does not waste fuel or create any emissions when stationary in traffic.
It is an object lesson in downsizing – tipping the scales 15kg lighter than a traditional engine with the same power – and features clever turbo technology.
Packing 90hp, it's capable of 0-62 in 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 109mph, yet also delivers 52.3mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of only 123g/km, which puts it in Band B for road tax. It has been designed for easy maintenance too, which means lower running costs. For example, the timing chain needs no routine attention and will last as long as the engine.Source - Dacia