The Sandero shares around 99.97% of its interior with the regular Dacia Logan, but our test car had a little extra compared with the Logan MCV we tested earlier. A somewhat stylish piece of design is the addition of the beige inserts on the dashboard, the seats and the doors, making the whole interior look much brighter and almost classy.*
Benefitting from the same design improvements as the facelifted Logan and the MCV, the Sandero's interior still looks a bit unrefined compared to its class (not price!) competitors. On the plus side, it also exhibits an almost identical interior space with its sedan counterpart. That comes as a bit of a surprise considering Sandero's wheelbase is about four centimeters (1.6 inches) shorter than that of its Logan big brother. This makes the smallest Dacia one of the most spacious cars in its class.
The space available for the passengers' feet isn't exactly spectacular, but the headroom and overall sensation of space is pretty much what you'd expect a small SUV/crossover/family van to have. Also, the 320 liters (11.3 cu ft) of luggage volume in the trunk is a bit above its class average.
When it comes to the overall ergonomics and the quality of materials inside the Sandero isn't exactly class leading. The quirky arrangement of the center console-placed buttons for retracting the front side windows are only beaten in the non-ergonomic game by the ones for the rear side-windows, which are placed between the front seats, which is a difficult place to reach by pretty much all passengers.
Although the center console has been redesigned in more aesthetically-pleasing way, the knobs and buttons are still bulky-looking, with each of them having a area the size of a whole group of buttons from the competition. It's like Dacia/Renault engineers designed the Sandero cockpit with the help of people who suffer from acromegaly (enlarged body extremities).
Also, the quality of the plastics inside is still pretty much coming from the '90s era. There are improvements compared to the non-facelift-ed Logan and MCV, but it still smells like a brand new Renault Megane from 1995 in there. The biggest improvement has to be the steering wheel, taken straight out of the Clio III facelift.
*word used with NOT quite the same sense as in a Bentley.Continue reading