Renault brand Dacia has introduced new models within its Sandero and Stepway ranges. What may come as a surprise but the Sandero has been the bestselling car in the retail market in Europe since 2017, with almost 2.1 million cars sold since 2004. And, in fact, the Stepway is Ireland’s favourite version of the Sandero representing over 60 percent of all Sandero sales in Ireland.
With these new second generation models for Ireland, both the Sandero and Sandero Stepway will continue to meet the needs of customers at an affordable price. While the same external dimensions remain, they are more modern, more practical, robust and simple. The updated Sandero models offer enhanced levels of quality, sophistication and technology.
With a new platform, there are more features including increased active and passive safety systems, new engines including a Bi-Fuel petrol engine which can also run on LPG, a new automatic transmission and new six-speed manual.
Both versions of the All-New Sandero and Stepway provide a strong personality, with more pronounced wheel arches, a lower roof, sloped windscreen and smoother lines throughout. A wider track and flush wheels contribute to the lower appearance on the road, while machine-stamped panels provide a seamless, higher quality fit.
For the All-New Sandero Stepway, a 174mm increase in ground clearance ensures a muscular, confident stance, set off by a unique grille with Stepway logo and black body cladding with metal skid plates. It also debuts patented versatile modular roof bars that can be turned into a roof rack capable of carrying up to 80kg, giving customers greater practicality than ever.
The interior of the All-New Sandero and Stepway have been significantly enhanced with improved ergonomics for better comfort, refinement, and greater robust finish, while continuing to offer the practicality of a supermini at the price of a city car.
The upmarket upholstery of the redesigned seats provides added comfort and support which, when combined with the enhanced reach and height adjustable steering wheel, ensure the driver is comfortable at all times.
Rear seat passengers on the Sandero are well catered for, with an extra 42mm of legroom over the previous models, delivering best-in-class legroom. The boot has increased in size to 328 litres and passengers also have more space to put their belongings, with up to 21 litres of storage space dotted throughout the cabin. The seats split and fold (depending on the specification) to expand the spacious boot area further to a total capacity of 1,108 litres.
With its new Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) modular platform, enhanced fuel-efficiency and an appealing aerodynamic design, the latest Sandero and Stepway combine increased driving comfort with lower CO2 emissions. The CMF modular platform combines greater resistance and rigidity with less weight. It complies with more stringent crash safety test regulations and pollution control requirements courtesy of a range of efficient engines. Anti-roll capacity has been improved and the wheelbase extended for greater cornering stability, while the track is 41mm wider on All-New Sandero and 29mm on All-New Sandero Stepway to improve handling and behaviour on the road. The new engine mount has been improved with a lighter and stiffer cradle to minimise vibrations in the cabin too.
The range of engines available are compliant with Euro 6D-Full standard which came into effect on 1 January 2021.
- SCe 65 (Sandero only): naturally aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission
- TCe 90: turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit paired with a CVT automatic transmission
- TCe 100 Bi-Fuel: new LPG bi-fuelled turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit paired with a six-speed manual transmission
Dacia is the only car manufacturer to offer LPG and petrol Bi-Fuel options across its entire range of passenger cars. The cars are converted in the factory, guaranteeing safety and reliability with the LPG tank located in the spare wheel well and filling nozzle next to the petrol filler. This means there is no compromise in practicality.
Running on LPG, the All-New Sandero Bi-Fuel releases on average 11 percent less CO2 emissions than an equivalent petrol engine but is also capable of travelling more than 800 miles when utilising both petrol and LPG tanks – 50 litres for petrol (the same capacity as the tank on petrol-only variants) and 40 litres for the LPG tank. The manufacturer warranty period, servicing costs and frequency are the same as the petrol versions too.
The six-speed manual transmission is new and standard on TCe 100 Bi-Fuel models. Gear ratios have been improved to maintain torque over the entire range of use. Sixth gear has been extended to improve fuel consumption at motorway speeds. A five-speed manual gearbox is available on SCe 65 models.
The new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) delivers smooth acceleration and a more responsive driving experience. Paired with a TCe 90 engine, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are lowered compared with previous automatic versions thanks to a lighter gearbox and improved engine management.
Overall vehicle insulation has been improved by increasing the absorbent surfaces in the engine compartment from 12 per cent to 48 per cent and by reducing acoustic leakage. Background noise in the cabin has been reduced by 3-5dB between 50km/h and 135km/h.