The Dacia Sandero is a seriously cheap car. Have a rummage down the back of your sofa and you'll probably find enough cash to pay for a two-year lease… or at least the initial payment! It's also the fourth most reliable car on the market, according to Honest John's Satisfaction Index!
The Sandero Stepway is basically the same car but with some fairly major tweaks to the body. It rides higher than the basic Sandero and has stockier, more rugged bodywork.
It's not quite a crossover but it’s definitely leaning in that direction.
Other than the bodywork tweaks, the Sandero Stepway is pretty much the same as the basic Sandero.
Internal space is generous, the finish is robust, most of the engines are punchy and the drive is pretty engaging if a touch wobbly in the taller Stepway.
Depending on your engine choice, Dacia claims you’ll get somewhere from 48.7 to 80.7 MPG (in the real world expect more like 35 to 70 MPG), which is really impressive for a roomy hatchback.
Sitting in insurance groups 8 to 11, the Sandero Stepway shouldn't cost too much to insure either — excellent news for cash strapped young drivers!
If you’re won over by the Sandero’s no-nonsense approach, make sure you get one of the mid-spec trims. The basic model is incredibly basic and lacks remote locking and (somehow) a stereo!