Dacia Sandero (2013–)

What's good

1.2 75PS base model achieved 4 Star Euro NCAP Crash Safety Rating: 80% Adult Occupant; 79% Child Occupant; 57% Pedestrain; 55% Safety Assist.

What to watch out for

This car is built to a price, so things like interior door panels are one piece and, though there's a deep well for a full sized spare wheel, you don't get one as standard - just a repair kit.

Fitting a radio is not simply a matter of plug and play. It's quite a big job, and they don't give you any speakers either. (See Our Cars)

Dacia UK prices are not 'on the road'. To get the 'on the road' price you need to add first registration charge and first year VED.

From 2018, price of basic Access model rose from £5,995 to £7,000.

4-4-2015: Complaint of 2012 Dacia Sandero 0.9TCe occasionally losing power as if suffering from fuel starvation. Might be caused by the oil pipe to the turbo bearing getting blocked with carbon.

3-11-2016: Report of lighting relay of 2014 Sandero failing after flashing oncoming drivers with full beam.

23-6-2017: Report of 2015/65 Dacia Sandero suffering a small engine fire. Not yet established what caused it.

12-10-2017: Report of 2015/65 Dacia Sandero 1.2 going in for its 2nd service at 13,800 miles and owner being told it needs new front brake discs and pads. He didn't believe it, so checked, and found the outside pads were extremely low, and the discs are down to 10.8mm thick (measured with calipers). Min wear stated as 10.6mm. And inside face of discs quite ridged. The car is driven around town, used daily, and has done 8k in the last year but still on original front tyres, with tread left of 3.5mm.

9-11-2018: Report of engine failure of 2014 Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5DCI at 36,624 miles due to failure of internal coolant seal that led to mixing of coolant and oil. New engine quoted at £7,000, though this is obviously nonsense because a 2nd hand 1.5DCI can easily be obtained for 1/3 of that price.

28-7-2019: Report of starter motor burning out on 2018 Dacia Sandero.

13-9-2019: Further report of failure of starter motor and/or starter motor switch/relay of 2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway 90TCe. This happened in Greece were the local dealer is located at Sparti. Case reference is 4-07305454 customer service manager Cory Wilkinson. Complaint was that failure occurred on 5th August but Dacia has yet to supply the required parts to repair the car. We contacted Renault on the reader's behalf.

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