Dacia Sandero (2013) Review

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Dacia Sandero (2013) At A Glance

3/5

+Was originally excellent value for money starting at £5,995, especially compared to Clio with the same engines. 1.5 dCi and 0.9 TCe available.

-2018 prices start at £7,000 for basic Access model, lacking radio and spare wheel.

New prices start from £5,835
Insurance Groups are between 2–12
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

The Dacia Sandero offers a refreshing change to other ‘value’ alternatives, with prices starting from less than £6,000, even years after the initial launch in 2013. It's quite a lot more practical than similarly priced cars like the Citroen C1, plus it's cheap to run and easy to drive, making it a great choice for the budget-conscious.

Good value though it may be, It’s plain to see where costs have been cut. The materials in the cabin look dated and, if you want the basic £5995 model you’ll have to make do without air conditioning, electric windows, electric mirrors and even a radio. Really, then, you’ll want the £6995 Ambience model, but that’s still great value.

It comes with all of the essentials most drivers need, including air conditioning, electric front windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth, an AUX input and a USB socket. The standard 1.2-litre petrol engine is proven but old-fashioned – so we’d recommend spending a little more on the perky, smooth, economical and quiet TCe 90.

On the road there’s a fairly noticeable amount of road and wind noise, but the engines are surprisingly quiet and the controls are light, so the Sandero is easy to drive. Handling is fine through bends but there is a little bit of body roll and suspension thumps over potholes, though it's comfortable for the most part.

The area in which the Sandero stands out most is practicality. For the same sort of price as a Skoda Citigo you’ll get five doors, usefully spacious back seats and a decent, 320 litre boot capacity. That’s more than you’ll find in a pricier Vauxhall Corsa, and plenty for shopping trips.

It’s easy to forgive the Sandero’s shortcomings. Even if you skip the headline grabbing £5995 model and opt for something pricier it still represents excellent value for money, with all the features most drivers could ask for, plus low running costs and plenty of practical space. It’s a real bargain.  

Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe 90 Road Test

Dacia Sandero 1.2 Access Long Term Test

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Real MPG average for a Dacia Sandero (2013)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

85%

Real MPG

35–72 mpg

MPGs submitted

240

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Which car is the best value for money?
"What's the best value car on the road? "
Probably the Kia Picanto if you don't need much space. It's cheap and cheerful and comes with a seven-year warranty. If you need a bit more practicality, consider a Dacia Sandero.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What affordable small car would you suggest for a young couple with a baby?
"My son and daughter in law will need a car to accommodate their new baby and kit. They are both six feet tall and live in a crowded city street so need a combination of internal room, modest external dimensions, five doors and a petrol engine. They have around £9,000 to spend on a new car or used car. What would you recommend?"
Consider a Dacia Sandero. It's a budget option (and feels it in some ways), but £9000 will get a brand new one in Comfort trim with the TCe 90 petrol engine. It's bigger than many rivals, with a big boot, and access to the rear seats is easy. Also consider a Honda Jazz. It's very versatile and will be reliable. A £9k budget will get you a 2018 model.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is a fuel system flush worth it?
"My Dacia Sandero Ambience has just had its third service by the main dealer. They are recommending a fuel system flush to remove moisture. My car has only done 12000 miles, I run it on BP Ultimate petrol and it's kept in a heated garage. How necessary is it to have this procedure done?"
This is being routinely offered as a revenue earner, but because you use BP Ultimate that already contains detergents and because you keep the car in a warm garage I don't think you need the fuel treatment.
Answered by Honest John
What's the best car for a 60-mile daily commute?
"What would you say is the most reliable and efficient car for doing about a 60 mile commute daily?"
You didn't give a budget, but probably a Dacia Sandero 90TCe for best value for money and an easy 50mpg.
Answered by Honest John

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