Obviously, the biggest advantage of the Sandero Stepway over its little brother resides in its ability to go where no other Dacia has ever gone before. The gigantic (for a small car such as this) ground clearance and the suspension's travel level almost any pothole or road imperfection, making it the perfect car for a beginner driver. Wherever there's a road, the Stepway can drive over it, no matter how bad it is. Of course, the lack of an all-wheel drive system should keep you away from the off-road course, but the ground clearance and the short overhangs are almost trail ready.
We kind of struggled to find a really bad point in the Stepway, not because it doesn't have any but because they were too many. In the end we agreed about the lack of basic features. No electrically-actuated side mirrors or rear windows and no onboard computer for the fuel consumption. These might seem to be minor glitches for a car costing under ten thousand euros but they've pretty transformed from gadgets to necessity in recent times (circa 1980s).
The ugly bit about the Sandero Stepway we tested is most likely the engine and gearbox combo. The engine lacks a lot of power and is not quite fuel efficient while the gearbox had a pretty hard way of selecting reverse. Also, since it's not synchronized it has a very "rubbery" feel when changing gears. A new, more powerful and more efficient engine choice in the future would most likely erase this "ugly part" from our test drive.Continue reading