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DACIA SANDERO STEPWAY HATCHBACK

1.0 TCe Essential 5dr

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Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions127.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed107mph

Driver Convenience

  • 3.5" TFT instrument panel with on-board computer
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Eco mode
  • Electric power assisted steering
  • Rev counter
  • Stop/start system

Entertainment

  • Media Control - DAB Radio with display on instrument panel, Bluetooth, 2 Speakers
  • USB connection for data transfer and charging
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • 3 speed windscreen wipers
  • Auto lighting
  • Black door handles
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black longitudinal roof bars
  • Black radiator grille
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • High level third brake light
  • LED automatic daytime running lights
  • LED lighting signature
  • Manually adjustable door mirrors
  • Rear manual windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Stepway inscription on radiator grille and roof bars
  • Tinted windows

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 12 volt front socket
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • Black interior door handles
  • Copper orange air vents
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Fixed smartphone holder on dashboard
  • Front armrest
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height/depth adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix points for child seats in both outer rear seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Steering wheel controls

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS and Emergency brake assist
  • Automatic central locking
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Door open warning
  • Driver airbag
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Front curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Wheels

  • 16" Flex wheels with full wheel cap

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    127

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.34
  • Engine Code
    H4D 470
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    55.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    90
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TCe
  • Coin Series
    Essential
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    10E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    70
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    72
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    2
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    41
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    42
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    12
  • Engine Power - BHP
    91
  • Engine Power - KW
    67
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    118
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    16.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    160
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2100
  • Top Speed
    107

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1535
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1587
  • Length
    4099
  • Wheelbase
    2604
  • Width
    1848
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2007

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1561
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1108
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    328
  • Max. Loading Weight
    484
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    575
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1077
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.39

In second generation form, the Dacia Sandero Stepway continues to offer a bit of fun for not a lot of money. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

You know when an idea is a good one when your opposition are looking at each other and wondering why they didn't think of it before. The Dacia formula is really rather simple. It takes tried and tested Renault engineering and recycles it into new cars hailing from Romania. Therefore there's very little research and development expense, low labour costs, minimal tooling outlay and hey presto, you have a line of cheap and reliable cars that are just about pitch perfect for these austere times. Hardly rocket science is it? Renault acquired the company in 1999 and began importing into the UK thirteen years later. The core range is based around the Duster compact SUV and the Sandero supermini, the latter still the cheapest car on sale in the UK and now rejuvenated in new generation, re-designed form. The contender we look at here, the Sandero Stepway, is a spin-off of that model and it's one that has a lot to be said for it.

Driving Experience

In order to understand the appeal of the Sandero Stepway, know this. The basic Sandero supermini upon which it's based has been designed to sell into many third world markets and as such is billed as having excellent ground clearance and "robust underbody protection for impressive performance on unpaved tracks". If that's not a great basis for building a jacked-up version with even greater abilities, I don't know what is. Do remember though, that this isn't a four-wheel drive car, so there are limits as to what it can negotiate. For tougher stuff, you'll probably need to buy Dacia's Duster compact SUV. The extra wheel travel seems to give the Stepway a marginally better ride quality than the standard Sandero and the 41mm raise in height hasn't made body control noticeably worse. This fresh generation model's stiffer, more sophisticated CMF-B platform means it can deliver some better engineering. Most Stepway folk will want the powerplant you have to have, one we'd recommend, the 89bhp three cylinder turbo petrol TCe 90 unit, which can be had with either 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic gearbox. Dacia isn't bothering with a diesel this time round, but if you're looking for something super-frugal, you can have the Tce 100 petrol unit in LPG form, with a dual fuel tank situated where the spare wheel would normally sit. With both the petrol and the LPG tanks filled, you'd have a range in this eco-variant of over 800 miles. Dacia promises that this car will now be easier to use around town too, thanks to the fact that the steering is now electrically (rather than hydraulically) assisted and apparently needs up to 36% less effort to turn at low speeds.

Design and Build

As before, the Stepway is styled to look a bit more rugged without actually offering any four wheel-drive underpinnings. Think Ford Fiesta Active or Audi A1 Citycarver and you're not far off the mark. The extra 41mm of stepped up ground clearance gives it a nicely chunky look and might well prove useful when bumping up and down big kerbs in town. This fresh generation version gets a redesigned front end and body features such as proper metal front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, pronounced flared wheel arches, larger 16-inch alloy wheels, longitudinal roof bars that can be turned into a functional roof rack and some smart paint colours. Otherwise, it's exactly like a standard Sandero, which means that this new generation version rides on the same CMF-B platform as a far pricier (and smaller) Renault Clio. That's allowed it to be a touch bigger than before, noticeably wider (1,848mm without mirrors) and 19mm longer. The look's less anonymous too, thanks to a Y-shaped LED front lighting signature. Inside, it's much nicer than before, with a more modern dashboard, embellished on this Stepway variant with fabric finishes. Infotainment's taken step forward too, with an 8-inch centre monitor featuring smartphone mirroring. Access to the rear is easy, with wide-opening doors and reasonable knee room; you could seat a couple of adults there more comfortably than in most other superminis. The boot's a bit bigger too, rated at 328-litres, which is 18-litres more than the old car could offer.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels - 'Essential', 'Comfort' and 'Prestige'. So how much are you going to end up paying? Think in terms of a Stepway starting price of around £11,000 (about £2,000 more than a regular Sandero) and you won't be too far out. That makes this still the cheapest Crossover-styled car you can buy. It undercuts rugged-ised versions of smaller city cars like the Fiat Panda Cross and the Kia Picanto X-line by at least around £2,000 and offers lots more space inside than both. For some perspective, in size, this car is somewhere between a Fiesta Active-shaped supermini (models of which tend to be priced from around £15,000) and a Focus Active-sized family hatch (priced from around £20,000). So you get the idea. It really is hard to argue with this kind of value proposition. Two interior media infotainment options are available, based around an 8-inch touchscreen; 'Media Display', which incorporates 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. And 'Media Nav', which has built-in sat nav with Wi-Fi-based smartphone access. Optional extras if you want to plush up your Sandero include automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, a reversing camera, auto wipers and (for the first time) a power operated sunroof.

Cost of Ownership

Expect a decent step forward in efficiency figures, thanks to this new generation Sandero Stepway model's more modern engineering and lighter, more sophisticated CMF-B platform. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The three cylinder turbo 1.0-litre TCe 90 turbo unit you have to have manages 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and 127g/km of CO2. You still won't get quite as good showing as you would from a pricier mainstream rugged-ised supermini like a Ford Fiesta Active, but there's no doubt that Dacia has considerably closed the previous gap in efficiency that existed compared to the mainstream market. And it's useful to have the rare option of LPG power for the Tce 90 engine, should you be prepared to consider it. On to the warranty. Dacia offers an industry standard 3-year/60,000 miles guarantee from the showroom, backed by three years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance. For a little more, you can extend the cover by two years or you can up the period covered to a Kia-equalling 7 years and 100,000 miles. Service intervals are every year or every 12,000 miles and since most Renault dealers look after Dacias too, you shouldn't be too far from a specialist workshop. It also helps that there's a timing chain that'll last as long as the engine. Dacia offers a choice of pre-paid servicing schemes covering you for either two years and 24,000 miles or three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

This much improved Dacia Sandero Stepway deserves to do very well. It's a much more interesting and, crucially, more expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although the craze for these SUV-styled superminis might have been and gone, it's still a vehicle that will continue to find a ready market here in the UK. With its 41mm raised ride height, it will not only appeal to those looking for something a bit beefy-looking to drive in town, but older buyers might well appreciate not having to sit so far down into the vehicle. The pricing looks extremely good as well. For only a couple of hundred pounds more than the most depressingly basic citycar, you can buy a well-equipped Stepway with a modern petrol turbo engine and miles more equipment. Perhaps Skoda should have been Volkswagen's Dacia, but it hasn't really worked out that way. It's become a bit too gentrified. The Stepway is a case study in how to do budget cars very well indeed.

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