Dacia announced official pricing of the new Sandero Stepway in the British market, and it starts from just £7,995. The Stepway is a good looking car and at that price it is really tempting. but you may want to think twice about buying a Dacia in general, because they have to make compromises to make such cheap cars.
Basically a jacked up hatchback on steroid, the Stepway has a cool offroady look with buffed up fenders and chunky wheels, as well as front and rear scuffplates, and roof bars to make it look like a mini SUV. It is 40mm higher than the standard Sandero, which makes it a bit more versatile in dealing with rough ground. Don’t expect it to conquer the Kalahari Desert though.
The car comes with two trim levels, Ambiance and Lauréate, and two engines: TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90. Standard kit on the Ambiance model include Bluetooth, metallic paint and a radio/CD system with fingertip controls. It does have stability control and a couple of air bags, but as NCAP showed us you can’t really count on them to save your life in case of a severe accident.
The Lauréate trim adds air conditioning, a chrome front grille, full electric windows and electric heated door mirrors, plus MediaNav seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation, AUX and USB inputs and four speakers. Optional extras include leather upholstery, five- and seven-year extended warranties and a comprehensive lifestyle-based accessory pack.
|Ambiance||0.9 TCe 90||125||52.3||£7,995|
|1.5 dCi 90||105||70.6||£8.995|
|Lauréate||0.9 TCe 90||125||52.3||£9,795|
|1.5 dCi 90||105||70.6||£10,795|