Dacia Sandero Stepway (2013) Review

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Dacia Sandero Stepway (2013) At A Glance

Chunkier Sandero with raised suspension. Offers good value for money.

No air conditioning on Ambiance model. Not a 4x4. Diesel 105g/km CO2 so not VED free.

New prices start from £8,395
Insurance Groups are between 7–11
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Sandero Stepway is the butched up, more purposefully styled version of Dacia’s bargain small car. Its looks are more or less just for show, but that doesn’t detract from the excellent value offered. However, as with the regular Sandero it’s important to think hard about which model you want in order to get the very best value for money.

The Stepway rides 40mm higher than a Sandero hatch and features a front and rear skid plate, wider wheel arches finished in black and a set of roof bars. While the Sandero hatchback range has three trim levels the Stepway has two – Ambience and Laureate – priced from £7995 and rising to just shy of £11,000.

The entry-level Ambience represents good value and features body-coloured bumpers and alloy wheels - but if you want your Stepway in any colour other than white you’ll have to pay extra, same goes for air-conditioning. You won’t need to spend on much else, though – Bluetooth, aux and USB-in and steering-wheel mounted audio controls are all standard.  

Dacia offers two engines – a 0.9-litre TCE petrol and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel, both of which produce 90PS and are linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Both are decent performers and offer respectable economy figures, but the diesel offers a £20 annual VED versus £105 a year for the petrol. 

The Dacia Sandero Stepway was improved for 2017 at no increases in prices and this road test gives you all the details: Dacia Sandero 90TCe 2017 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Dacia Sandero Stepway (2013)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

33–84 mpg

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Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.


I don't drive long distances but I do a lot of miles. Should I avoid diesel?
I currently have a 2015 Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 diesel. I'm looking to change it this year. I don't drive long enough distances to warrant the diesel, but I do cover a lot of miles each year. The salesperson advised me they can't get diesel models so I should look at the petrol models. The problem is they are 0.9 or 1.0-litre engines. I'm concerned that they won't be up to long journeys. Am I right or is the salesperson correct? I wanted an independent answer. Thanks.
The dealer is correct, diesel engines are not suitable for low-mileages. The DPF will clog up and leave you with a lengthy list of expensive problems that may not be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. The 0.9 TCE is a very good petrol engine and will easily cope with the weight of the Sandero Stepway. It’s generally quiet and refined. It’s the smarter buy than the diesel for short trips.
Answered by Dan Powell
Will a Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 dCi tow a 750kg micro caravan?
Will a Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 dCi tow a 750kg caravan?
Should tow that very easily.
Answered by Honest John
Need a rugged family hatchback - any recommendations?
I'm looking to purchase a used Golf/Focus sized hatchback. I live in the lake district and drive up a lot of mountain passes and winding country lanes (about 20k per year). In one of your previous answers, you said that the old Fabias were built in the Czech Republic for 'tougher driving conditions' compared to the Spanish built Polo/Ibizas. (www.honestjohn.co.uk/askhj/answer/71079/can-i-fit-polo-wheels-to-my-fabia-) Are there any mid-sized hatchbacks that are currently built to a more 'rugged' standard than other cars? It must last for a long time, but be decent to drive and give reasonable MPG?
One tactic would be to go for a Dacia Sandero Stepway that's already jacked up a bit and on sensible tyres and is so much cheaper it doesn't have to last as long. Built for Romanian conditions. Or go the whole hog and get a Duster.
Answered by Honest John
Need a cheap used car with a high driving position
I am looking to buy a second car. It must be cheap and have a high driving position. I will do less than 5000 miles a year on country roads and am not fussed about mod cons. What do you recommend for under £10,000?
Dacia Duster or Dacia Sandero Stepway. Newest high rise car for the least money.
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