Dacia Sandero Stepway Hatchback | 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr


DACIA SANDERO STEPWAY HATCHBACK 1.0 SCe Essential 5dr
PersonalLease
£144.08Per month inc VAT
BusinessLease
£120.07Per month ex VAT
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I would like all maintenance and service costs included

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Deal Summary

Initial Rental (Personal)

£1,296.76 inc VAT

Initial Rental (Business)

£1,080.63 ex VAT

Contract Length

47 Months

Maintenance

No

Processing fee

£199.99 ex VAT

Key Information

Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Remote Central Locking
Remote Central Locking
Air Con
Air Con
LED
Daytime Lights
Electric Front Windows
Electric Front Windows

Standard Options

BODY GLASS
  • 3 speed windscreen wipers
  • Electric front windows drivers one touch
  • Heated rear window
  • Manual adjustable rear windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted windows
BRAKES
  • ABS EBA
  • ESC with ASR and Hill start assist
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Raised ride height
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth system
DRIVER AIDS
  • PAS
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Rev counter
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Grey door mirrors
  • Manually adjustable door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Satin chrome air vent surround
  • Satin chrome centre console surround
  • Satin chrome instrument dial surrounds
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Aux input
  • DAB/FM/AM radio with fingertip controls and 4 speakers
  • USB connection for MP3 players
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black door handles
  • Black side sills
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome front grille
  • Fog lamp embellisher
  • Satin chrome fog light surround
  • Satin chrome roof bars
  • Satin chrome scuff plates
  • Satin chrome skid plate
  • Solid paint
  • Stepway logo on front door panel
  • Wheelarch extensions
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Double optic headlights with chrome surround
  • Front fog lights
  • High level third rear brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
  • Manual air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power point for rear passengers
  • 12V socket by gear lever
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Front passenger grab handle
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Headlights left on audible and visual warning
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear grab handles
  • Satin Chrome door handles
  • Two tone door panels dark carbon/light grey
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Boot light
  • Front courtesy lights
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Door open warning
  • Driver's airbag
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible visual warnings
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Passenger airbag with deactivation function
  • Tyre pressure monitor
SEATS
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
SECURITY
  • Automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham approved engine immobiliser
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
WHEELS
  • 16" Stepway steel wheels with alloy look trims
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre inflation kit

Technical Options

EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO2: 123
  • HC: 3E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Bore: 71
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 998
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Engine Codes: BR10 MT
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: INJECTION
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Stroke: 84
  • Valve gear: DOHC
FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: 52.3
  • EC Extra Urban: 56.5
  • EC Urban: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 6.5
GENERAL
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: SCe
  • Coin Series: Essential
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 55
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 4
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 75
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 80
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 57
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 79
PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 16.7
  • BHP: 75
  • Engine Power KW: 55
  • Engine Power RPM: 6300
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 70.1
  • Engine Torque MKG: 9.7
  • Engine Torque NM: 95
  • Engine Torque RPM: 3500
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 97
TYRES
  • Alloys?: Data Not Available
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 185/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 185/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 16" STEEL
VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height: 1555
  • Height (including roof rails): 1615
  • Length: 4089
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.5
  • Wheelbase: 2589
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1761
  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 320
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1505
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 790
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 540
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1010
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 495

Reviews

Dacia Sandero Stepway Hatchback HERE COMES THE HOT STEPPER (75/100)

The improved Dacia Sandero Stepway offers a bit of fun for not a lot of money. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The improved Dacia Sandero Stepway is inexpensive but doesn't look it. It's a supermini that's been jacked up a bit to give a Crossover look and seems to press all the right buttons for buyers who don't want big outlay but require big value.

Background

You know when an idea is a good 'un 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 but it's been only in the last decade that cars have once again been imported to the UK. We've had the Duster budget 4x4 and this was followed by the Sandero supermini, at launch the cheapest car on sale in the UK. The car 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, especially in this improved form.

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 that this isn't a four-wheel drive car though, 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 entry-level normally aspirated SCe75 petrol engine will probably be more than enough for most people and it's a sweet little motor, the three cylinders making a characterful sound and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. There's also a little turbo petrol unit, the TCe 90. Alternatively, there's a 1.5-litre Blue dCi 95 diesel that isn't the most refined unit we've come across but nevertheless makes all the right economy and emissions figures. The extra wheel travel seems to give the Stepway a marginally better ride quality than the standard Sandero and the 40mm raise in height hasn't made body control noticeably worse.

Design and Build

The Stepway is styled to look a bit more rugged without actually offering any four wheel-drive underpinnings. Think Qashqai-style compact Crossover and you're not far off the mark. That stepped up ground clearance gives it a nicely chunky look and might well prove useful when bumping up and down big kerbs in town. It also gets a redesigned front end and body features such as front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, two-tone bumpers, pronounced wheel arches, 16-inch 'Stepway' alloy-look rims, two-tone longitudinal roof bars and exclusive blue paint. Inside, there's embroidered upholstery and grey overstitching for a bolder look. We should talk about the changes made to this revised model which gets a revised front end design showcasing Dacia's new lighting signature flanking a revised honeycombed grille. The interior's smarter too, with satin-effect chrome finishing to lift the dashboard, a revised steering wheel and some softer-touch surfaces on upper-spec variants. Dacia has even moved the electric window switches from the centre console to a more conventional place on the doors. Boot volume is 320-litres, which is extremely good for this class and there's a 60/40 split fold rear seat to improve practicality still further. The cabin offers plenty of storage, notably with the addition of a central cubby box. The oddments spaces in the front and rear doors are large enough to house a 1.5-litre and 0.5-litre bottle respectively.

Market and Model

When Dacia developed the Sandero, it set out to bring a completely stripped out and basic car to market which is why it was able to sell you one for less than six grand. The Stepway is a different animal and will appeal to a different buyer. With no thrift store Access specification and base SCe 75 1.0-litre engine available, the base price is pushed quite a bit higher, in this case to around £9,000, but that's still remarkable value for money. Mind you, what do you compare it with? Probably one of the cheaper small Crossovers, maybe a SsangYong Tivoli perhaps, but one of those will cost you thousands more. It all means that many will find this model's value proposition too strong to ignore. The entry-level 'Essential' specification is equipped with air conditioning, electric front windows, front fog lights, and roof bars, Bluetooth, metallic paint, a DAB radio/CD system, driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags and stability control. Go for the range-topping 'Comfort' trim and you'll find all that plus a 'MediaNav' Evolution 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system including satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. Plus cruise control with a speed limiter, front fog lights, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, a height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, leather gearknob and a trip computer. The price for all of that? Around £11,000, or around £12,500 if paired with the diesel engine. That wouldn't even squeak you into the most basic Volkswagen Polo you can buy, equipped with a flaccid 60PS petrol engine. I know what I'd rather have.

Cost of Ownership

Such is the buzz that's being created around Dacia cars that the brand is getting some serious recognition from real car enthusiasts. I know a guy with a stable of Ferraris who uses a Duster as the car he punts into town. The Stepway probably isn't going to be quite as depreciation resistant as the most basic Sandero models but it'll still do well and the low asking price means that the edge will be taken off any depreciation. The SCe75 petrol engine is respectably quick but it'll still return reasonable fuel economy. Dacia quotes a figure of between 43.5 and 45.6mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and emissions of 124g/km. For the Tce 90 petrol, Dacia quotes a figure of between 42.2 and 45.6mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and emissions of 127g/km.Go for the Blue dCi 95 diesel and you're looking at 58.8-62.7mpg and 103g/km of CO2. All new Sanderos come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever is reached sooner). Rather than forcing buyers to pay a premium for a longer warranty they might not want, there's the option to extend their warranty should they wish.

Summary

The Dacia Sandero Stepway will continue to sell very well. It's a much more interesting and, crucially, expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although it's essentially a 4x4-styled supermini rather than a purpose-developed small Crossover, it's still a vehicle that will find a ready market here in the UK. With its 40mm 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 less than, say, the most depressingly basic 60PS Volkswagen Polo, you can buy a range-topping Stepway with a 95PS diesel engine and goodies like cruise control, air conditioning, parking sensors and a seven-inch touch screen with navigation. Think about that for a moment. Consider how insecure you'd need to be to choose the comfort blanket security of the Volkswagen badge over that. 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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PersonalLease

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Initial Rental: £1,080.63 ex. VAT