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Dacia Sandero

(2013 - present)

The Dacia Sandero is a supermini-size small five-door hatchback, best known for being the cheapest new car on sale in the UK since it was launched here in 2013. Size-wize, the Sandero is similar to a Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa. However, on price it undercuts everything else in the supermini category considerably, and is similar to (but still cheaper than) the Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto.

There is a more rugged version of the Sandero, called the Dacia Sandero Stepway. This is not covered on this page, and we have a separate page for that model, which rates slightly better than the regular Sandero range.

The Dacia Sandero has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media. Objectively, it performs fairly poorly in most areas compared to rivals, which is reflected in an overall Expert Rating that that is the lowest in the supermini class. But when price is taken into account, it generally makes a good account of itself given that it is thousands of pounds cheaper than most similarly-sized rivals.

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Body style: Five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol
Price: From £6,995 on-road

Launched: Spring 2013
Last updated: Winter 2018/19
Replacement due: TBA


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


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Daily Mail


Honest John




The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?




Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The Dacia Sandero was crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2013 and was awarded a four-star rating.

This rating expired in January 2020 and is no longer valid.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Dacia Sandero Stepway has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Dacia Sandero has won


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £10K


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £10K
  • Diesel & Eco Car Awards – Best Budget Used Car


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £12K
  • Honest John Satisfaction Index – Best Small Hatchback
  • Diesel & Eco Car Awards – Best Budget Used Car


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £12K
  • Car Dealer Used Car Awards – Best Mid-Sized Used Car


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £12K


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £12K


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £12K
  • Honest John Awards – Best Small Hatchback


  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car under £12K

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