The Dacia car brand has been known for providing the opposite of "eye-candy" since 1968. Even after Renault took over the company, bringing its own designers with it, a beautiful model leaving the Dacia factory gates is yet to appear. That's not to say they make ugly cars as a tradition, it's just that design was probably the last thing on their agenda whenever coming out with a new model.
The Sandero is far from being a horrifyingly-looking car. The front looks quite nice actually, from most of the views in our Autoevolution office. The "happy-frog" look suites it just fine. It's not exactly modern-looking, but for the small amount of money it demands it isn't from the 1980s either. At least compared to its interior, some parts of the exterior look rather good.
The side view is pretty OK-looking until you reach the rear quarter-panels, which make the car look like it used to be a sedan and it's been chopped by a half-blind designer. Either that or it's been rear-ended by a car with a perfectly flat hood. Not pretty at all.
The rear on the other hand is probably the best looking bit of the Sandero, with probably the most beautiful taillights ever seen on a Romanian car. In other words, this Dacia actually looks quite good from certain angles, with the keyword here being "certain". Its ginormous roof height ruins even the last bit of proportion left on it.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
"Adequate". Now that's a word I plan to completely... ahem... forget after this test drive. You're calling a crapmobile "adequate"? What is wrong with... ahem... you people? This is the second, and... ahem... hopefully the last time we will encounter this brand of econoboxes in a test drive. I now officially hate Dacias! All of them! Starting with this piece of cow dung with that... ahem... optimistically-named trim level. "Prestige" they call it?
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