Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Capacious cabin for a small car
  • Elevated driving position
  • Standard 60/40 split rear seat

It’s big for a small car, the Dacia Sandero Stepway, and the dimensions are used efficiently with a satisfyingly roomy cabin. Four adults will have no issues getting comfy in there, although a fifth might be a bit of a squeeze.

You’ll find a few areas to place your cabin detritus but none of them are covered barring the glovebox, so you’re hard-pressed to keep your valuables out of sight.

The Sandero might be big inside, but its exterior dimensions are still quite small so there shouldn’t be any problems when it comes to parking it. The extremities are all easy to judge but if you do struggle, mid-spec Comfort models come with reversing sensors while top-spec Techroad cars get a reversing camera, too.

Boot

Not only does the Dacia Sandero Stepway have one of the largest boots in its class, the 60/40 split rear seat that’s standard across the range, is also unusual at this price point.

Okay, they don’t fold completely flat, but they do add a welcome degree of flexibility.

The biggest gripe is, like with the regular Sandero, the tailgate can only be opened from the outside with the key, although there is a release handle down by the driver’s seat. Still an unnecessary faff, though.

Safety

  • Four-star Euro NCAP crash test result
  • Not much modern safety kit here
  • Two Isofix points in the back

The four-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP was rather good back in 2013, but times – and accident-mitigation technologies have moved on since then. Unfortunately, the Dacia Sandero Stepway has been left behind.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)? No. Blind spot monitoring? Look elsewhere. Lane-keep assistance? Not a chance.

Of course, ABS, a suite of airbags and electronic stability software are present and correct, but that’s about your lot. Remember, despite the Stepway’s looks, it doesn’t have four-wheel drive or any form of traction enhancement.

Got kids to ferry about? You’ll find a couple of Isofix child seat mounting points on the outer positions of the rear bench.

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Ambiance equipment

Ambiance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Roof rails
Ambiance optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Comfort equipment

Comfort standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Comfort optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Roof rails

Essential equipment

Essential standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Essential optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Roof rails

Laureate equipment

Laureate standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Laureate optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator

SE Summit equipment

SE Summit standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
SE Summit optional equipment
  • Service indicator

SE Twenty equipment

SE Twenty standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
SE Twenty optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Roof rails

Techroad equipment

Techroad standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Techroad optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Dacia Sandero Stepway 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.