3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Brilliant value for money, much improved over old model

Dacia Sandero Stepway (21 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £11,735 - £15,745
Lease from new From £181 p/m View lease deals
Used price £11,500 - £15,890
Used monthly cost From £287 per month
Fuel Economy 45.6 - 50.4 mpg
Road tax cost £155
Insurance group 7 - 11 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fantastic value for money
  • Spacious interior
  • Good to drive, comfortable low-speed ride

CONS

  • Price premium over standard Sandero
  • Lacks refinement on the motorway
  • Not much considering the price

Dacia Sandero Stepway rivals

Citroën
C3
4 out of 5 4.0

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones on

As Primark so ably demonstrates, going for the cheap option doesn’t mean you have to forgo fashion. It’s the same in the car world, with the Dacia Sandero Stepway offering a sprinkling of SUV-inspired styling to the regular and rather impressive Sandero hatchback.

Those tweaks include a raised ride height to give a bit more ground clearance underneath the car, specific bumpers front and rear with skidplate-effect elements and tougher looking black plastic accents, extended black plastic wheelarches, larger wheels and roof bars. It’s also the only Sandero available in top Prestige trim.

To go with the (relatively) upmarket image, you can’t have the weakest of Dacia’s engines. Although that does push the price up further, we’d recommend one of the punchier engines anyway. Manual and automatic versions are available, but like rivals such as the Ford Fiesta Active and Kia Picanto X-Line you can’t have four-wheel drive. You’ll need to jump up to the Dacia Duster or consider a Suzuki Ignis if you want that.

Like the normal Sandero, the Stepway is much larger than similarly priced rivals. Indeed, although it’s city car money it’s actually bigger than the pricier Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and Renault Clio. That makes it a very practical proposition thanks to decent rear seat space and a generous boot. The price for that space is a safety rating that is considerably behind more expensive rivals.

That’s partially down to it using a simpler automatic emergency braking system (although at least all models have it fitted as standard) than pricier rivals, and it doesn’t protect you quite as well in the event of a crash either. Even so, it’s still a safer option than many similarly sized and priced second-hand cars.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Dacia Sandero Stepway including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Dacia Sandero Stepway rivals

Citroën
C3
4 out of 5 4.0

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