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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Stepway interior feels somewhat retro…
  • But not necessarily in a good way
  • It’s robust and decently assembled

Dacia Sandero Stepway - behind the wheel

Old Renault switchgear doesn’t die: it enjoys a new life peppering the cabin of the Dacia Sandero Stepway.

Most customers are unlikely to be troubled by this, of course, especially as it’s a marker that suggests everything will work as intended.

It’s not the age of the buttons, controls and knobs that disappoints, nor do we have a problem with the Stepway’s build quality – Dacia screws them together pleasingly well for what is, to all intents and purposes, a budget car.

Dacia Sandero Stepway dashboard

No, the issue is that it’s so wilfully boring in there. Why have a hard-boiled egg when an omelette has the same essential ingredient?

On the plus side, everything’s easy to find and use, although Renault’s fascination with having three buttons and separate locations all related to using the cruise control seems an unnecessary faff. 

  • High-riding Stepway is comfy enough
  • Decent amount of interior space
  • Shame the seats lack bolstering

Dacia Sandero Stepway - comfort

Dacia hasn’t waved a Citroenesque wand over the Sandero Stepway, so if you’re expecting it to feel like a C4 Cactus for a fraction of the cost, then think again.

It is, however, a decent attempt at conveying the compliant ride – and thick seat cushioning – you tended to find in cars a couple of decades ago, resulting in a driving experience that’s more supple and relaxed than many contemporary small cars. This is a good thing.

Not all of its components are shining examples of how to maximise the comfort, unfortunately. Those seats may be thicker than the cast of TOWIE, but they lack much in the way of shape, so longer journeys leave you feeling unsupported.

Dacia Sandero Stepway flat seats

But though you’ll struggle to fit four six-footers in the car, it is roomy. A fifth adult in the middle of the rear bench seat might leave everyone feeling hemmed-in.

As there’s no Access trim for the Stepway range, all versions benefit from air-conditioning, albeit a manual variety where you have to adjust the fan speed and air-flow direction yourself. Not a great hardship in reality.

Dacia Sandero Stepway - comfort quote