Fifth Gear’s Jonny Smith offers a kind reminder of what the Dacia Sandero is all about by driving the plastic-bumpered supermini for 1,000 kilometers in the span of two days. It’s an old segment from Series 23 of the now-defunct motoring show, but be that as it may, it’s been only recently uploaded to Fifth Gear’s YouTube channel.
Not only did the Sandero complete the journey from Calais to the French Alps ski resort of Courchevel, but the most affordable new car in the UK didn’t miss a single beat on the way. The supermini didn’t get to Jonny’s destination fast, though, chiefly because it’s powered by a rather anemic four-banger mill. Displacing 1.2 liters and good for 75 ponies, the engine in question needs a calendar, not a stopwatch, to hit 62 mph (100 km/h). To its defense, the 1.2-liter motor isn’t much of a drinker at 48 UK mpg (or 40 U.S. mpg).
For the price of a Bugatti Veyron’s wheel, minus the tire, the UK-spec Sandero from 2012 has very few toys to its name. Some of the creature comforts customers have to live without include alloy wheels, electric mirrors, and air conditioning. The 2017 mid-cycle refresh, on the other, is a little bit better equipped than the original.