The Dacia Sandero was tested by EuroNCAP in 2008, twice. Not because it was something wrong with it, but because there are actually two "standard" safety packs available for this model. One has almost nothing included and the other one one is about decent. The Sandero NOT equipped with side thorax and head-protecting airbags scored only three stars. Fortunately, another test was carried using a version similarly equipped with our test car, which scored a somewhat sufficient four stars.
Obviously, this is the version we would advise you to buy, since apart from the four-star rating at EuroNCAP and the side thorax and head-airbags it also comes equipped with front seatbelt pretensioners and a more refined load-limiter, all part of the aforementioned "safety pack". Yes, we're well aware this safety pack should actually be standard no matter how the rest of the car is equipped but hey, Dacia isn't the only one doing this.
The active safety equipment just became a bit richer this year on the whole Dacia range, including the Sandero, with the addition of the emergency brake assistance system on all its models. The electronic stability program is still missing even from the options list, so that is a pretty low point. Our test car was thus equipped with a Bosch 8.1 anti-lock braking system, the aforementioned emergency brake assistant and that's about it for active safety.
Just like the its Logan and Logan MCV facelift brothers, the Sandero comes equipped with ventilated discs at the front and drum brakes at the rear, which make it rather normal in its class, especially considering its very low weight (only a bit over a tonne). On the whole, the Sandero is far from being the safest car in its class, but in the form we tested it it's just around the middle of the pack.Continue reading