The Dacia Sandero has become, generation after generation, a perfectly essential vehicle on the French market.
Since the beginning of the year, the current 3rd generation has even been on the podium of the best-selling cars in France, in third place, with 46,000 copies sold, compared to 47,600 for the Renault Clio and 67,800 for the Peugeot 208.
But if we exclude sales to companies from these figures, we realize that the Sandero is simply the best-selling car to individuals. Indeed, with 39,100 sales to the likes of you in me, it’s way ahead of the 208 (24,600 copies) and the Clio (22,150).
And since the first deliveries in early 2021, 362,535 copies have found buyers around the world and 119,970 in France alone.
A real success, therefore, that owes nothing to chance. In fact, generation after generation, the Sandero has moved away from its low cost concept, maintaining unbeatable prices, although lately they have increased a lot.
The second generation already had a much better effect than the basic Sandero 1. But the 3rd and current generation has made another great leap in quality, and is equipped with completely modern equipment, than a general model from 10 years ago.
Thus, the design is much more attractive now, more elaborate, less smooth, and for example, very recognizable Y-shaped light signatures. In addition, the integration of the new brand logo was an opportunity to review the style of the front panel, making it more current.
The passenger compartment gains in modernity, and its manufacturing quality, although still simple, is far from low cost, with, for example, foam fabric inserts on the dashboard and door panels.
The equipment now includes standard or optional keyless entry and start, reversing camera, vehicle blind spot alert, automatic emergency braking, automatic air conditioning, wireless smartphone replication, etc. Enough to offer a package that corresponds to what was found in the general models of a few years ago, or even today. And that suited everyone!
Under the hood, the Sandero offers a 65 hp 1.0 SCe, a 90 hp 1.0 TCe and a 100 hp 1.0 Eco-G LPG block. The Stepway version dispenses with the SCe 65, but also offers a 110 hp version of the 1.0 TCe.
On the road, the Sandero does quite well. It is based on a Clio platform. And if it’s a little less soundproof than its Renault cousin, it’s still comfortable, safe, efficient enough on a day-to-day basis, and sober. The GPL version offers a very low usage cost.
But what also and finally makes the strength and success of this Sandero are its prices. From €10,990 in the classic version, and €13,390 in the Stepway.
So yes, those prices have been rising steadily. Gone are the days of the €8,000 Sandero. But despite this, it remains unbeatable in the market, compared to the services it offers.
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