The rugged-looking bodykit is the first thing you notice when seeing a Sandero Stepway. Too bad pretty much all of the silver inserts all around the car are made of plastic and make absolutely no difference in the car's off-roading ability. The increased ground clearance is the second thing you notice different about the car compared to the Sandero, and this bit actually makes a lot of difference in its off-roading capability.
On the whole, the plastic silver bodykit practically transforms the car from looking like an average East-European econobox to a pretty cool crossover(ish) vehicle, especially since the ground clearance is almost as high as on some other modern compact crossovers. And plus, who's going to know that you're not actually sporting an all-wheel drive transmission, while the tires with high side walls were equipped for cost-cutting measures and not off-road activity?
Besides the aforementioned differences in design, the silver lining which used to adorn the exterior of the headlights is now black on the Stepway, giving it sort of a "grim" look, like the car is angry about something. Differently-designed alloy wheels are also present on the car, although still only in 15-inch guise, while the exhaust pipe now sports a chrome tip.
Oddly, when the Stepway was first launched, 16-inch alloy wheels seemed to be present as standard on it, but the car would have prpobably accelerated even slower with those on. Anyway, other than the said differences, the car is obviously identical to the normal Sandero, so every body panel is the same. Nevertheless, the overall impression thanks to the rugged bodykit and the increased height is that of the best-looking Dacia ever, as lame as that may sound.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I know, I promised myself I would never... ahem... ever climb in a Dacia again. After I drove that... ahem... Ecto 1... or Logan MCV... whatever it's called, I had to take a two weeks leave from running my self-made empire because I had to puke all day and all night. After riding in the horrifying Sandero I became... ahem... chronically depressed. Now you guys made me drive another atrocity by Dacia... the Sandero Stepway.
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