Dacia Sandero
Dacia Sandero Stepway II (front side quarter).JPG
Manufacturer Dacia
Production 2008–present
Class Supermini
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Dacia Sandero is a supermini car produced jointly by the French manufacturer Renault and its Romanian subsidiary Dacia. It was introduced in December 2007 and is based on the Logan platform.

Sandero I (2008–2012)Edit

Dacia Sandero I
Dacia Sandero front 20090722.jpg
Also called Renault Sandero
Production 2008–2012 (Romania)
2008–present (Worldwide)
Assembly Mioveni, Romania
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Envigado, Colombia
Casablanca, Morocco
Moscow, Russia
Pretoria, South Africa
Platform Dacia B0 platform
Engine(s) 1.0 L I4 Hi-Flex
1.2 L I4
1.4 L I4 gas/LPG
1.6 L I4 gas/Hi-Torque
1.6 L I4 gas/Hi-Flex
1.5 L I4 dCi
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,589 mm (101.9 in)
2,588 mm (101.9 in) (Stepway)
Length 4,020 mm (158.3 in)
4,091 mm (161.1 in) (Stepway)
Width 1,746 mm (68.7 in)
1,753 mm (69.0 in) (Stepway)
Height 1,534 mm (60.4 in)
1,578 mm (62.1 in) (Stepway)
Curb weight 1,025–1,204 kg (2,260–2,650 lb)
Related Dacia Logan
Dacia Duster
Renault Clio III
Renault Modus
Nissan Tiida
Nissan Note
Nissan Cube
Nissan Micra III
Designer Renault Design Barcelona[1]
Dacia Sandero rear 20090722

2009 Dacia Sandero rear view


Facelifted Renault Sandero (Colombia)

With a slightly shorter wheelbase than the sedan from which it derives, the Sandero was developed in France by Technocentre – in conjunction with Brazilian and Romanian teams.[2][3] After its development, the Sandero made its formal market debut in Brazil as a Renault model in December 2007 – the first Renault model to debut outside Europe. Launched subsequently in Europe in June 2008, Renault began manufacturing the Sandero in South Africa in February 2009 and, in December 2009, in Russia. A Renault version is also manufactured in Colombia for its home market and for export to countries including Chile.


In May 2011, Renault launched in Brazil a facelifted version of Sandero, which enjoys a new face and a revised interior.[4]

In Colombia, the facelifted versions of the Renault Sandero and the Renault Stepway were revealed at the beginning of 2012, with some differences from the other versions sold, such as the location of the doors locks and the passenger's airbag.


On the passive safety front, Sandero has been designed to meet the requirements of European regulations.[5] Depending on equipment level, Dacia Sandero comes with up to four airbags. In terms of active safety Dacia Sandero features the latest-generation Bosch 8.1 ABS which incorporates EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist).

Euro NCAP rated the Dacia Sandero fitted with the basic level of safety equipment and also crash tested the car equipped with the 'safety pack', which is standard on some variants, and optional on others.[6] The crash test for basic level Dacia Sandero equipped with front seatbelt load limiters, driver frontal airbag and front passenger frontal airbag, scored 3 stars for adults, 4 stars for children occupants and 1 star for pedestrians.[7]

  • Adult Occupant: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg, score 24
  • Child Occupant: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg, score 38
  • Pedestrian: Star fullStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg, score 6

The EuroNCAP test for the 'safety pack' model equipped with side body and head airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners, received a score of 31 for adults, 38 for children occupants and 6 for pedestrians, these results being rated as 4 from 5 stars for adults and children occupants.[8]

  • Adult Occupant: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg, score 31
  • Child Occupant: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg, score 38
  • Pedestrian: Star fullStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg, score 6


Name Code Capacity Power Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed Combined consumption
1.0 16v D4D Hi-Flex 999 cc 77 hp (57 kW) 14.1 s 161 km/h (100 mph) (gas/ethanol)
1.2 16v D4F 732 1,149 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 13.6 s 161 km/h (100 mph) 5.9 l/100 km (48 mpg-imp/40 mpg-US)
1.4 8v K7J 710 1,390 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 13.0 s 161 km/h (100 mph) 6.9 l/100 km (41 mpg-imp/34 mpg-US)
1.4 8v K7J LPG 1,390 cc 72 hp (54 kW) 13.0 s 161 km/h (100 mph) 9.2 l/100 km (31 mpg-imp/26 mpg-US) (LPG)
1.6 8v K7M 800 1,598 cc 85 hp (63 kW) 12.9 s 169 km/h (105 mph) 6.7 l/100 km (42 mpg-imp/35 mpg-US)
1.6 8v K7M Hi-Torque 1,598 cc 95 hp (71 kW) 11.7 s 174 km/h (108 mph) (gas/ethanol)
1.6 16v K4M 696 1,598 cc 105 hp (78 kW) 11.3 s 181 km/h (112 mph) 6.8 l/100 km (42 mpg-imp/35 mpg-US)
1.6 16v K4M Hi-Flex 1,598 cc 112 hp (84 kW) 10.8 s 185 km/h (115 mph) 9.3 l/100 km (30 mpg-imp/25 mpg-US) (ethanol)
1.5 dCi K9K 892 1,461 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 15.0 s 157 km/h (98 mph) 4.5 l/100 km (63 mpg-imp/52 mpg-US)
1.5 dCi K9K 892 1,461 cc 90 hp (67 kW) 13.0 s 167 km/h (104 mph) 4.6 l/100 km (61 mpg-imp/51 mpg-US)

Sandero StepwayEdit


Renault Sandero Stepway (Guadeloupe Edition)

Dacia Sandero Stepway rear 20101003

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Renault do Brasil, which is the Brazilian outfit of French car manufacturer Renault, released in October 2008 the Sandero based crossover mini SUV Stepway, ten months after launching the Sandero brand there. The Brazilian Stepway has a 1.6-litre 112 bhp (84 kW/114 PS) 16 valve engine, the Hi-Flex one with bio-ethanol abilities,[9] and it is marketed in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico.

The European version, unveiled on May 7, 2009 at Barcelona International Motor Show under the Dacia brand, is available in most of the European markets as of September 2009. Dacia Sandero Stepway comes with a 1.6-liter and 90 bhp (67 kW/91 PS) petrol engine or 1.5 dCi 70 bhp (52 kW/71 PS) diesel engine.[10]

Top GearEdit

The Sandero was a running gag on Top Gear in Series 11 and 12. After Dacia sent the show a press kit, presenter James May would bring up "Good News!" about the Sandero, with Jeremy Clarkson just saying "Great!" and immediately changing the subject. This was also featured in the Big Book of Top Gear, with a page proclaiming "Good news! The Dacia Sandero is in this book!" After a few series, Jeremy had switched places with James, who would then say he didn't know what Jeremy was talking about. In the first episode of Series 13 James says "Good News", then Jeremy asks "Is it the Dacia Sandero?" to which James, bewildered, replies "No...". Afterwards the car wasn't mentioned in the season.

In Series 14, during a visit to Romania, Clarkson bought May a used Sandero as a gift. After returning from a test drive James May parked the car behind an idling lorry, and exited. As James praised the car to his co-presenters, the lorry reversed into the Sandero, damaging the passenger side. The joke was continued in Series 15, except this time referring to the Dacia Duster. It also happened in Series 18, where May brought up a new Dacia, the Lodgy. The Dacia joke returned in Series 19, in episodes one and three.

According to some sources, its second generation was intended to become the third Star In A Reasonably Priced Car vehicle but its was prevented due to a delay in its British release.

Sandero II (2012–present)Edit

Dacia Sandero II
2013 Dacia Sandero II front.JPG
Production 2012–present
Assembly Mioveni, Romania
Casablanca, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Platform Dacia M0 platform[11]
Engine(s) 0.9 L I3 TCe
1.2 L I4
1.5 L I4 dCi
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,589 mm (101.9 in)
Length 4,057 mm (159.7 in)
4,080 mm (160.6 in) (Stepway)
Width 1,733 mm (68.2 in)
1,757 mm (69.2 in) (Stepway)
Height 1,523 mm (60.0 in)
1,533 mm (60.4 in) (Stepway)
Curb weight 1,016–1,237 kg (2,240–2,730 lb)
Related Dacia Logan II
2013 Dacia Sandero II rear

Rear view

The second generation Sandero was revealed by Dacia at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.[12] The new Stepway variant was also presented.

The hatchback model and the mini crossover version were spotted covered in camouflage in the months of June,[13] July,[14] and September,[15] and CGI impressions of the new model were released by car magazines Auto Bild[16] and Za Rulem.[17] Official photos with the new Sandero were released by Dacia on 17 September 2012, showing an exterior design theme similar to the new Logan and a dashboard inspired from Lodgy.[18]


In Romania, the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway could be ordered from 1 October 2012.[12][19] It also became available in the United Kingdom, where it joined the Duster in dealerships from 2013,[20] being the most affordable car on the market.[21]


In January 2013, British magazine What Car? awarded the second generation Sandero as the Best supermini less than £12,000, noting that "it offers something genuinely new and different in that it brings real space for bargain prices".[22]


Name Code Capacity Power Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed Combined consumption
0.9 TCe 12v H4Bt 400 898 cc 90 hp (67 kW) 11.1 s 169 km/h (105 mph) 5.3 l/100 km (53 mpg-imp/44 mpg-US)
1.2 16v D4F 732 1,149 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 14.5 s 156 km/h (97 mph) 5.9 l/100 km (48 mpg-imp/40 mpg-US)
1.2 16v LPG D4F Bi-Fuel 732 1,149 cc 72 hp (54 kW) 15.1 s 154 km/h (96 mph) 7.6 l/100 km (37 mpg-imp/31 mpg-US)
1.5 dCi K9K 612 1,461 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 14.6 s 159 km/h (99 mph) 3.9 l/100 km (72 mpg-imp/60 mpg-US)
1.5 dCi K9K 612 1,461 cc 90 hp (67 kW) 12.1 s 167 km/h (104 mph) 3.9 l/100 km (72 mpg-imp/60 mpg-US)

See alsoEdit


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  1. "Patrick Le Quément, ex-patron du design Renault : pas tout à fait rangé des voitures !" (in French). Caradisiac (24 January 2013).
  2. "Dacia reveals Sandero, its new compact hatchback". (3 April 2008).
  3. "2009 Renault Sandero Images, Pricing and News". Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  4. "Dacia Sandero Facelift: first official photos". (11 May 2011).
  5. "Dacia Sandero (2009)". Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  6. "EuroNCAP Press Release". (26 November 2008). Retrieved on 27 November 2010.
  7. "EuroNCAP test". Retrieved on 27 November 2010.
  8. "EuroNCAP 'safety pack' test". Retrieved on 27 November 2010.
  9. "Renault/Dacia Sandero SUV Revealed". (25 August 2008). Retrieved on 27 November 2010.
  10. "Dacia unveils the new Sandero Stepway". Retrieved on 27 November 2010.
  11. European Malaise Not Slowing Down Renault’s Dacia
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Noile Dacia Logan, Sandero și Sandero Stepway" (in Romanian). Dacia (27 September 2012).
  13. "Classy Scoop: New Dacia Sandero Hatchback Flips the Bird". Carscoop (26 June 2012).
  14. "Spy Shots: 2013 Dacia Sandero Stepway is a Junior Duster". Carscoop (20 July 2012).
  15. "Noile Sandero, Logan şi Sandero Stepway, surprinse la teste în România". (6 September 2012).
  16. "Nr. 14 / 26 iulie - 22 august 2012". (26 July 2012).
  17. "Is This the New Dacia Logan?". (21 August 2012).
  18. "Dacia Sandero 2 - Séduction renforcée" (in French). L'Automobile Magazine (17 September 2012).
  19. "Noul Sandero" (in Romanian). Dacia. Retrieved on 2 October 2012.
  20. "New Dacia Sandero unveiled". Dacia UK. Retrieved on 22 September 2012.
  21. "Dacia Sandero from £69 a month". What Car? (20 November 2012).

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