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Dacia Sandero Stepway review

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 53.6
” Huge amount of space and kit for the money “

At a glance

Price new £15,085 - £19,145
Used prices £8,580 - £17,100
Road tax cost £190
Insurance group 7 - 17
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Fuel economy 39.8 - 51.4 mpg
Miles per pound 5.8 - 7.5
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Alternative fuel

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Good value for money
  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable ride
CONS
  • Price premium over standard Sandero
  • Lacks refinement on the motorway
  • In-house finance not competitive

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones Published: 22 April 2024 Updated: 15 July 2024

Overview

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, specific bumpers front and rear with skidplate-effect elements and tougher looking black plastic accents, extended black plastic wheelarches, larger wheels and roof bars.

To go with the (relatively) upmarket image, you can’t have the weakest of Dacia’s engines. Although that does push the price up slightly, 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. To understand more about how we’ve reached our conclusions, check out how we test cars here at Parkers.

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.

It’s also worth noting that 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 and it’s even among the cheapest cars in the UK.

Click through to find out exactly how the Dacia Sandero Stepway scores in terms of practicality, efficiency and ease of use in this review, which shares the team’s collaborative findings. Then in our verdict we’ll tell you whether you should choose one over its rivals.