When discussing the comfort features of a car like the Sandero, one tends to exaggerate. Road test editors around the world either boasted the fact that the car offers spectacular comfort for its price, while others pretty much compared it to a donkey cart. We will try not to fall in either pit, and instead focus on the amenities we actually found on this low-priced means of transportation for the young families out there (press release wooden language, not ours).
Besides the second hand choice which many people take when in the market for a cheap and decently-equipped automobile, the Sandero is pretty much the epitome of low-cost transportation for the masses of poor newly-weds out there. Our test car was quipped with the "Prestige" level of equipment, which in "Dacia language" means it's pretty much the top dog among all its versions.
Sure, "Prestige" might sound like a bit far off when talking about the comfort features found inside, but we wouldn't actually compare this car to the aforementioned donkey cart. The interior space is more than enough to carry four, or even five medium-sized passengers (including the driver, naturally), while the overall ambiance is that of a car a bit more expensive. What exactly does buying a Sandero "Prestige" get you compared to the other, cheaper versions, you may ask?
Well, the first thing you notice upon entering the car is that its interior is much more brightly colored, thanks to the beige inserts on the seats and on the dashboard. At first glance it almost looks (and feels) like a much more expensive car. Sure, that impression fades away as soon as you begin touching the bulky control knobs for the air conditioning unit. Speaking of AC, this isn't exactly a well-thought out feature in the Sandero, since it pretty much has only two modes - gentle breeze or glacial hurricane (and yes, we're well aware there's no such thing as a hurricane at the North Pole).
Other than that, the Sandero is actually rather comfy. The seating position could have been a little more adjustable, especially for the driver, but on the whole we didn't find that many excuses not to consider this car a genuine alternative for the pauperized car-searchers out there. Also, the suspension does a very good job in keeping all those pesky road imperfection off passengers' bottoms. If we could describe the comfort features found in our Sandero test car with only one word, we would probably have to struggle between "decent" and "sufficient".Continue reading