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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small


Offering the best value for money in the small car class, the Dacia Sandero received an update for 2016, including a restyled exterior design and more added technology.

Restyled to look more modern, the Sandero had slimmer headlights that were integrated in the grille and the lower air intake was refreshed to offer a more aggressive look.

A choice of three engines was available with the Sandero, a 1.2-liter with a sharp throttle response that was best around town, a 1.9-liter that might have felt a little sluggish and a 1.5-liter diesel.

To offer such a practical car for such a low price meant compromise. And the compromise could easily be noticed inside the Sandero’s cabin. The quality of the materials used for the old-school interior was rather poor, however, they were well put together.

The base version did not offer much in terms of technology, not even a radio. However, the upper trim levels offered a functional infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity.

The comfortable seats offered little bolstering and there was no reach adjustment for the steering wheel, thus finding the right driving position was solely based on the steering wheel’s height and the seat’s adjustment.

The cabin was a little noisy, and so were the not-so-refined powerplants available. The suspension did struggle a little through potholes.

Even with these downsides, the Sandero was still the best option out there for the money. And we’ve already mentioned that practicality was a strong point, and here’s why: the roomy cabin offered great room for all occupants, with great legroom, headroom and shoulder room.

As far as the cargo area goes, no other car in the class could offer the 320 liters of storage the Sandero did. And even up two 1200 liters with the seats folded.

Not to mention, the Sandero had low running costs, featured fuel efficient engines and reliability was not to question.

Safety-wise, the Sandero scored 4 stars at the Euro NCAP crash tests.

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DACIA Sandero 2016 - 2020
  4 gasoline engines
  • 0.9L TCe 5AT (90 HP)
  • 0.9L TCe 5MT (90 HP)
  • 1.0L 12V 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.0L TCe 5MT (101 HP)
  3 diesel engines
  • 1.5L dCi 5AT (90 HP)
  • 1.5L dCi 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.5L dCi 5MT (90 HP)

DACIA Sandero 0.9L TCe 5AT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.9L TCe 5AT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
898 cm3
Power
66.2 KW @ 5000 RPM
90 HP @ 5000 RPM
89 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 2250 RPM
140 Nm @ 2250 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105 mph (169 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2555 lbs (1159 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5545 lbs (2515 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Highway
51.1 mpg US (4.6 L/100Km)
Combined
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
112 g/km

DACIA Sandero 0.9L TCe 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.9L TCe 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
898 cm3
Power
66.2 KW @ 5000 RPM
90 HP @ 5000 RPM
89 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 2250 RPM
140 Nm @ 2250 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105 mph (169 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2544 lbs (1154 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3340 lbs (1515 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Highway
51.1 mpg US (4.6 L/100Km)
Combined
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
112 g/km

DACIA Sandero 1.0L 12V 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 12V 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
55.2 KW @ 6300 RPM
75 HP @ 6300 RPM
74 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
72 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
97 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
94 mph (151 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2590 lbs (1175 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3285 lbs (1490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Highway
51.1 mpg US (4.6 L/100Km)
Combined
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
120 g/km

DACIA Sandero 1.0L TCe 5MT (101 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L TCe 5MT (101 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
74.3 KW @ 5000 RPM
101 HP @ 5000 RPM
100 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
160 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.3 cuFT (320 L)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
113 g/km

DACIA Sandero 1.5L dCi 5AT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5AT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
66.2 KW @ 4000 RPM
90 HP @ 4000 RPM
89 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
220 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2740 lbs (1243 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
63.6 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
Highway
63.6 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
Combined
63.6 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
95 g/km

DACIA Sandero 1.5L dCi 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
55.2 KW @ 4000 RPM
75 HP @ 4000 RPM
74 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
200 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2743 lbs (1244 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3516 lbs (1595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
63.6 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
Highway
65.3 mpg US (3.6 L/100Km)
Combined
65.3 mpg US (3.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
93 g/km

DACIA Sandero 1.5L dCi 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
66.2 KW @ 4000 RPM
90 HP @ 4000 RPM
89 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
220 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185-65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.7 in (4056 mm)
Width
68.2 in (1732 mm)
Height
60 in (1524 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
101.9 in (2588 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2743 lbs (1244 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3516 lbs (1595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
63.6 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
Highway
65.3 mpg US (3.6 L/100Km)
Combined
65.3 mpg US (3.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
93 g/km
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