Dacia Sandero

Stepway Techroad TCe

90

Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75 front action
Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75 front threequarters
Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75 head on
Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75 side action
Dacia Sandero Stepway Essential SCe 75 cockpit
Dacia Sandero Stepway, front action
Dacia Sandero Stepway, side action
Dacia Sandero Stepway, rear action
Dacia Sandero Stepway, boot

DACIA unveiled a new range-topping trim level across a number of models at the Geneva Motor Show last year.

Techroad limited edition models come in two special colours - Fusion Red and Highland Grey - and much more besides.

It's an option available for the Duster, Logan MCV Stepway and Sandero Stepway models.

Other features include red inserts on the body lines, door mirror housings and side sills, as well as on the inner door panels, air vent surrounds, upholstery and the front and rear protective mats.

There are also new interior trims featuring red details with contrasting grey upholstery and a dark carbon dashboard.

The wheels have also been given a styling flourish, with the Logan MCV Stepway and Sandero Stepway models getting a red centre cap feature on new two-tone 16-inch wheel designs.

The wheel upgrade is designed to be both eye-catching and easier in terms of maintenance.

Techroad tech features as far as the Sandero is concerned - some of which come on all Stepway models - include a rear parking camera, 7in touchscreen with smartphone syncing, LED headlights, electric windows and door mirrors and a raft of safety systems.

The new high-spec additions were introduced on the back of a hugely successful year for Dacia in Europe, where it saw sales soar by more than 10 per cent.

The Sandero supermini is still its most popular vehicle and it's no surprise.

It can still claim the accolade of being the cheapest car available in the UK and the range starts at just £6,995 for an Access SCe 75 model.

The Stepway Techroad TCe 90 isn't quite such a snip and will set you back £12,055 - hardly an extravagant price tag.

Stepway variants of Dacia models aim to deliver more of a crossover look and feel over the standard ones.

Ride height for the Sandero has been raised by 40mm and a more rugged look is also delivered with accessories such as roof bars.

The Techroad package gives the Sandero a distinctly more upmarket look and feel overall - particularly on the inside.

One of the great things about Dacia vehicles is that unlike some budget buys in the bad old days you're actually getting proven engineering, equipment and technology that are also of decent quality and reliable - thanks to parent company Renault.

In the case of the Sandero it effectively means much of what you're getting is a previous generation Clio.

The cabin is roomy enough for a supermini and there's a generous amount of boot space too.

In the Sandero there are two versions of the petrol-powered three-cylinder turbo-powered petrol engine (75bhp and 90bhp) or a 95bhp diesel unit.

The more powerful of the petrol engines fitted to this car unit doesn't look that potent on paper but feels surprisingly swift when on the move and seems to power the Sandero along nicely.

It handles decently enough and once you tune in to its more rugged suspension system the ride isn't at all bad either.

FAST FACTS

Dacia Sandero Stepway Techroad TCe 90

Price: £12,055

Mechanical: 90bhp, 898cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 104mph

0-62mph: 11.1 seconds

Combined MPG: 51.4

Insurance Group: 9

C02 emissions: 125g/km

Bik rating: 29%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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