Dacia Sandero Stepway 2021 Review: Cheap and cheerful? | CarGurus UK

Dacia Sandero Stepway 2021 Review: Cheap and cheerful? | CarGurus UK

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ever wondered why primark is so popular well it gives people that sense of style but charges them a pittance for the pleasure it's a little bit like the dacia sandero stepway you get that suv look that buyers are craving these days yet because it's based on the cheapest new car you can buy it's for a bargain basement price during this review we'll be finding out what kind of sacrifices if any you have to make for such a low price tag but before we get started why not subscribe to the carguri's uk youtube channel
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for lots more car review videos hit the little bell icon and you'll also be automatically notified whenever a new video goes live now with the old sand arrow one of the sacrifices you had to make was on style its slightly awkward dimensions made for a bit of a goofy look but this new car has much more coherent sharper lines and crisper details all those suv styling cues are present and correct too with chunky bumpers a jacked up ride height and reef rails before we go any further let's consider
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five things you need to know about the new sandero stepway number one is really big news actually because the old sandero was based on the ancient 2005 renault clio platform whereas this new sandero and the sandero stepway is based on the latest renault clio platform and what that means is you get a whole host of safety equipment and luxury kit that was not previously available and a lot of it comes standard on most versions and that leads us on to number two
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safety the new platform is a lot stronger than the old one which should mean that it's better in a crash and also you get emergency braking as standard as a result you might have expected a stronger euro end cap crash test result than the four stars the old sand area earned back in 2013 however because the latest car was tested under the very latest most stringent standard it scored only two stars which is really disappointing number three oddly the trim structure is different with the sandero stepway
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compared with the regular sandero hatchback so the regular sandara hatchback starts with the properly basic access trim and then moves up to essential and comfort the stepway however starts at essential moves up to comfort and then the poshes trim is prestige and that sits above comfort number four is the equipment you get essential trim comes with a dab equipped stereo air conditioning electric front windows remote locking and cruise control
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while comfort trim adds electric rear windows parking sensors reversing camera keyless entry and automatic wipers not to mention this 8-inch infotainment touchscreen prestige gets genuine alloy wheels rather than plastic wheel caps designed to look like them along with an electric parking brake and automatic climate control aircon a blind spot warning system also gets added to the roster of safety kit number five engines there are only two available because the entry level one in the sandero hatchback is not
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available in the step way no great loss though because it's only got 64 horsepower instead you have the choice of either a one liter turbocharged petrol unit with 89 horsepower or a 99 horsepower version that can run on both petrol and lpg liquid petroleum gas now one of the best things about the sandero has always been that despite costing thousands of pounds less than its rivals it has beaten most of them for space and practicality and the same can be said here the boot has grown a
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little bit to 328 liters which has the measure on most of its rivals all but the entry-level version also comes with split-folding rear seats plus this removable boot floor that levels off the boot lip and the step to the rear seat backs when you drop the rear chairs it's the same back here because there's more headroom and legroom than most of its rivals i'm only five foot four and a half so i have got plenty of room however i do have a pom-pom on top of my hat and there's room for that as well so
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it's bigger than most of its rivals and also when it comes to fitting three abreast that is the same case it does have a little bit more space and somewhere to put your feet because the hump in the floor is quite small now most drivers should be able to get comfortable up front because you've got plenty of adjustment in the seat and you can also go up with it so i can take my hat off now because i want to get a bit higher up
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and the steering wheel has reach and rake unless you go for essential model and then there's no reach adjustment so you might find it a little trickier then and there is decent all-round visibility even though there's quite a shallow rear screen and the driving position is more low slung like a hatchback than an suv which is why i've put my seat up so i can still feel a little bit suv like the next thing that will strike you is this infotainment screen which is standard on all but the entry-level car
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it looks great it's easy to use and it's responsive which is exactly what you want plus it's got all of the usual functionality covered the system provides navigation dab bluetooth six speakers android auto and wireless apple carplay that last item is a properly cutting edge one that's still not available in many very exotic cars this range-topping prestige car gets a few extra touches to smarten things up such as these posher climate control dials the fabric inserts on the dash and the doors
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and these orange highlights however before you make your choice of model please do be aware that without these touches the cabin does start to feel very very basic that said it's much better than the old sandero in terms of quality and it feels a lot more sturdier built and for the money you pay it's absolutely fine [Music]
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another area in which the new sandero platform pays dividends is the way it drives okay so it's not the last word in precision or plushness but it does a decent job in both of those areas even if the steering is a little bit slow and spongy the suspension does a pretty good job of soaking up lumps and bumps the stepway has a slightly raised ride height compared with the regular sandero hatchback but you'll notice virtually no difference between how the two cars behave on the
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road and both are as comfortable as each other the engine we've got in this car is the 89 horsepower one and while the power delivery is eager enough in most circumstances to keep life fairly relaxed the lack of grunt is quite evident when you get to a steep incline and no matter how hard you push it your pace is only ever acceptable not that you'd want to work it hard mind you even with relatively few revs on the dial the engine gives off a strained and
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slightly breathless sound and you'll also feel plenty of engine vibration through the pedals and steering wheel as standard this engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox which has a hollow notchy shift action and mushy pedals so as an option you can get an automatic gearbox which is a cvt continuously variable transmission and it makes life a lot smoother so we would definitely recommend considering this as an option happily it doesn't behave much like a regular cvt
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because when you ask for more urgent acceleration it doesn't pin the rev needle to the limiter until you ease off the pedal instead it eases off the revs of its own accord and in good time which is both relaxing and quiet and it changes gear smoothly and eliminates the mushy pedals crunchy gear changes and winding transmission of the manual car [Music]
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now it should be noted that the stepway is not as ludicrously cheap as the sandero hatchback and that's because the entry-level model that you can get with the sandera hatchback is not available and when you compare like for like version to version the stepway is about 1500 pounds more expensive that said it's still incredible value and it undercuts its small suv rivals by thousands and if you can live without a safety performance then you should be very happy with the sandero stepway tell us what you think of the duchess
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