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Dacia Sandero Stepway (2013–)

Last updated 20 May 2019

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Kerb weight 1023–1151 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 12,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

Both of the engines offered by Dacia produce 90PS – there’s a 1.5-litre diesel and a 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol. The former offers the best performance for those who cover a lot of distance on country lanes, A-roads and motorways, with a good amount of torque and good in-gear performance. It’s also excellent value – most similarly sized diesel cars are far more expensive to buy.

The 0.9 TCE petrol engine shouldn’t be overlooked, though. It’s generally quiet and refined unless pushed hard and for low-speed use in town it’s probably a smarter buy than the diesel. Regardless of which engine you choose you get a five-speed manual gearbox that’s fairly smooth and precise.

Renault fits its 0.9-litre engine to the latest Clio – but in that car it has stop/start, something absent from the Sandero Stepway. The result is acceptable but unremarkable fuel economy of 52.3mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions of 124g/km. The diesel manages a more impressive 70.6mpg with emissions of 105g/km, which makes for cheaper tax discs at £20 per year.

Riding 40mm higher than the regular Sandero gives the Stepway a more commanding driving position coupled with pleasing ride comfort. The suspension manages to absorb all but the worst potholes with ease - although it does mike a bit of a din while it’s going it, thunking and clunking across broken roads.

The downside to the comfortable ride is a noticeable amount of body roll when cornering hard – though with steering tuned for lightness and ease-of-use rather than sports car feel and feedback there’s little chance you’ll be attacking country lanes with any real pace. 

While the Sandero Stepway looks pretty chunky and capable it isn’t available with any form of all-wheel drive – although most crossovers sold, regardless of manufacturer, are two-wheel drive so that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Besides, the Dacia Duster is available with all-wheel drive and isn’t exactly expensive. 

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
0.9 TCe 50–55 mpg 11.1–12.4 s 104–106 mph 115–127 g/km
1.0 SCe 55 mpg 11.1 s 104 mph 117 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 74 mpg 11.7–11.8 s 104 mph 98–105 g/km
1.5 dCi 95 72 mpg 12.3 s 106 mph 98–123 g/km
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