Sandero takes us

back to our roots

Dacia Sandero, front
Dacia Sandero, front
Dacia Sandero, front
Dacia Sandero, front
Dacia Sandero, side
Dacia Sandero, rear
Dacia Sandero, rear
Dacia Sandero, interior
Dacia Sandero, interior
Dacia Sandero, boot

SOME boffin types have concluded that it is possible to travel through time.

Obviously this won't happen next week or we already would have some idea of how the final games of the football season pan out.

In fact come to think of it the fact that no one has bothered to pop back and reveal the lottery results suggests it can't bea remote possibility until mankind is wise enough to avoid party politics and nightly episodes of Pointless.

On the other hand there is an argument that the evidence was clear as daylight and other parts of the 24 hour clock in that at new year aUnited Airlines flight left Singapore in 2017 and landed in San Francisco in 2016.

No passengers were injured in this historic feat.

Anyway the thing is that if you use gravity to warp space-time you can go backwards but not forwards because that would be cheating.

The same effect is possible warping a hand-break turn on a dipped clutch.

All very complicated so for a more simple understanding of life in the past have a look at the Dacia Sandero.

Now don't start imagining that this is going to turn into one of those why-did-they-bother reviews.

Remember not everyone wants push button start, automatic lights and mirrors or lives in constant fear if the doors don't have anti-hijack locks.

I don't want to worry you here but there are still some drivers who can wiggle a key in an ignition and open a boot without extra sensory powers.

What they do want is much cheapness on the new car front and at £9,595 for the Ambiance dCi 90 can have it along with the basic comforts of modern driving.

At entry level Access this is the cheapest car available in the UK. At a shade over £5,000.

Clever bottoms will say that is that is because it is made from reinforced wallpaper and has all the technological genius of a rubber chicken.

Not so, even if the doors do slam to the lightest touch and the engine hardly the answer to deep space exploration.

The lineage of the Sandero could hardly be more proven - much of the car is built with tried and tested Renault parts.

If you want to understand exactly where it is in the evolutionary chain, think 55-plate French family hatchback, an older Clio for instance or Peugeot 206.

But then chasten your critique with the thought that up two just a couple of years ago there were cars more expensive with less appeal than this.

The negative side of such budget motoring is in a cabin which the modern world will not recognise although not as lacking in quality andcomforts as many have been.

The shopping list is not that extensive either; stability and traction control there may be, hill start assist and running lights, but the rest of the security package is very much either what your insurance company or the law demands.

Some exterior touches are mentioned but this is hardly going to be the full gymnasium poser is it?

You do get a stop-start function which helps towards an 80.7 combined mpg claim from the 89bhp 1.5 diesel - that's the same as some Clios albeit with more tug than a sedate 11.8 seconds to 62mph.

Around town the Sandero does a good job and it is smooth enough over intermediate mileage.

Motorway refinement, however, shows how time has ravaged our road surfaces and although the suspension is soft you still get the odd jolt on bad surfaces to go with the high noise levels.

All the connective tissue demanded is there, USB Bluetooth AUX input and a DAB radio which back in the day would have brought consternation.

Rear seats split and there is a very generous boot, wrote a man who has just returned from garden center torment.

As a mode of family transport there is nothing badly wrong going on here, one of the roomiest five-doors in its class, it passes the theory of relativity test.

As in if you have relatives five of them will fit in it.

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