With an archaic four-banger with two valves per cylinder and running on gasoline under the hood, the Sandero shouldn't provide much of a surprise in the fuel economy department, especially in the city. Truth is, the in-city fuel-consumption isn't that bad considering the circumstances. We first managed an average of about 12 liters per 100 kilometers (US 19.6 mpg), which is a bit higher than the official 10 liters per 100 kilometers (US 23.5 mpg). These numbers were achieved in highly congested traffic though, and the final fuel consumption rounded itself to a somewhat decent 10.5 liters per 100 kilometers (US 22.4 MPG) during more casual traffic and a lighter right foot.
Obviously, the 1.5 dCi diesel mill would have fared much, MUCH better from this point of view, but taking into account this is a very old engine with a pretty simple design, the in-city fuel consumption is average. The best part about it is the power and the torque curves, which don't have a really high peak, but are very smooth, which makes this a very pleasurable engine to get you around town.
About 90% of its torque is available from under 2000rpm, thus offering a pretty smooth acceleration response. The linear torque delivery makes the engine behave like it's not having any flat spots at either low or mid revs. Contrary to what you'd expect from a gasoline engine though, it doesn't feel very powerful at high rpm, behaving more like a diesel. While in theory that means this should be a pretty economical mill, it only manages to be average from this point of view.
The overall in-city feel for the Sandero 1.6 MPI isn't a bad one, mind you. Especially if you live in a city filled with tram lines and/or bad roads, since the elevated suspension is extremely adequate for rougher roads.
The all-round visibility is very nice, especially since the Sandero is one tall little bugger. Compared to the first version of the Logan sedan, its facelift (and its MCV and Sandero brothers, ed) benefits from the enlarged exterior rearview mirrors, which provide quite a big chunk of rear visibility. Also, the almost upright windows all around the car are ugly as hell, but they are more than enough to let you see almost everything around you. Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
I don't get that dude Bach's problem. Who the hell does he think he is? Just because he can own pretty much any expensive thing in the world, doesn't entitle him to bad mouth cheap automobiles like that. Hey, I like expensive crap also. Just last week I spent half of a month's salary for a state of the art winch for my fishing rod. It even has radar, just like in that "Alien" movie. Except it doesn't pick up aliens, of course, it shows me where the fish in the lake behind my yard are hiding.
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