Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3
  • Roomy cabin for a supermini
  • Oddments storage is disappointing
  • Boot is large, though; 60/40-split standard

Thanks to its generous external dimensions, the Dacia Sandero is one of the most spacious superminis on sale. Four adults can easily be accommodated, with a fifth slotting in providing the journey’s not too long.

Somewhat disappointingly, storage for odds and ends is poor with only the glovebox providing any sort of lidded cover – anything else you store in one of the many cubbies will be exposed to prying eyes.

Light and compact, it’s easy to place and park the Dacia Sandero, even models that do without sensors in the rear bumper or the optional reversing camera.

Perhaps this is where those unpainted bumpers of the base-spec models really come into their own.

In practicality terms, the Sandero really comes into its own, not least because it has one of the largest boot volumes in its class and is something of a rarity in that 60/40-split rear seats are standard.

They don’t lie completely flat when you fold them over but their a useful thing to have without paying extra all the same.

The parcel shelf feels a bit flimsy but then material quality is hardly a watchword elsewhere in the cabin either. Nevertheless, it feels as robust in the boot as the Sandero does elsewhere.

Just remember that you can’t open the tailgate from outside the car without the key, although there is a release lever down by the side of the driver’s seat.

Safety

  • Four-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Misses out on modern safety kit
  • Pair of Isofix points on rear bench

Back in 2013 when the Dacia Sandero was crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP, its four-star safety rating was impressive for a budget car. It should have been, too, given parent company Renault’s expertise in this field.

Sadly, the brand hasn’t kept up to the same degree as much of the competition, so preventative systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane-keeping aids and blindspot monitoring.

Still, the usual suspects of ABS and electronic stability control are present and correct.

Transporting young children in your Sandero? Then the pair of Isofix child seat-mounting points on the outer rear seats will prove useful.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Dacia Sandero.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Access equipment

Access standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
Access optional equipment
None available

Ambiance equipment

Ambiance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
Ambiance optional equipment
  • Air conditioning

Ambiance Prime equipment

Ambiance Prime standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Remote locking
Ambiance Prime optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Steel wheels

Comfort equipment

Comfort standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Comfort optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD

Essential equipment

Essential standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Essential optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD

Laureate equipment

Laureate standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Laureate optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

Laureate Prime equipment

Laureate Prime standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Laureate Prime optional equipment
  • CD
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

Midnight equipment

Midnight standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Midnight optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Dacia Sandero was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 80%
Child Occupant: 79%
Vulnerable Road Users: 57%
Safety Assist: 55%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.