Dacia Sandero

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Dacia Sandero
Dacia Sandero TCe 90 eco² Lauréate (II) – Frontansicht, 21. April 2013, Münster.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Dacia
Production 2008–present
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Dacia Sandero is a supermini car produced jointly by the French manufacturer Renault and its Romanian subsidiary Dacia since 2007, currently at its second generation. It is also marketed as the Renault Sandero in certain markets, such as Russia, South Africa or South America.[1] It was introduced in September 2007 and is based on the Logan platform.

Sandero I (2008–2012)[edit]

Sandero I
Dacia Sandero front 20090722.jpg
Overview
Also called Renault Sandero
Production 2008–2012 (Romania)
2008–present (Worldwide)
Assembly Mioveni, Romania
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil (Renault Brazil)
Envigado, Colombia (Sofasa)
Casablanca, Morocco (Somaca)
Moscow, Russia (Avtoframos)
Pretoria, South Africa (Nissan)[nb 1]
Designer Renault Design Barcelona[2]
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door hatchback
Platform Dacia B0 platform
Related Dacia Logan
Dacia Duster
Renault Clio III
Nissan Tiida I
Nissan Note
Nissan Micra III
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L I4 16-valve (flex-fuel)
1.2 L I4 16-valve (gasoline)
1.4 L I4 (gasoline)
1.4 L I4 (flex-fuel)
1.6 L I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L I4 16-valve (gasoline)
1.6 L I4 16-valve (flex-fuel)
1.5 L I4 dCi (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic[nb 2]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,589 mm (101.9 in)
2,588 mm (101.9 in) (Stepway)
Length 4,020 mm (158.3 in)
4,091 mm (161.1 in) (Stepway)
Width 1,746 mm (68.7 in)
1,753 mm (69.0 in) (Stepway)
Height 1,534 mm (60.4 in)
1,578 mm (62.1 in) (Stepway)
Curb weight 1,025–1,204 kg (2,260–2,654 lb)
2009 Dacia Sandero rear view
Facelifted Renault Sandero (Colombia)

With a slightly shorter wheelbase than the sedan from which it derives, the Sandero was developed in at Renault's Technocentre near Paris, France, in conjunction with the regional engineering centers based in Brazil and Romania.[6][7] It was revealed for the first time at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show,[8] and made its formal market debut in Brazil, as a Renault model, in December 2007, being the first Renault model to debut outside Europe.[7] It was launched subsequently in Europe, as a Dacia model, at the Geneva Motor Show, in March 2008.[9] Renault began manufacturing the Sandero in South Africa in February 2009,[10] and in December 2009, in Russia. A Renault version is also manufactured in Colombia for its home market and for export to countries including Chile.

Facelift[edit]

In May 2011, Renault launched in Brazil a facelifted version of Sandero, which enjoys a new face and a revised interior.[11]

In Colombia, the facelifted versions of the Renault Sandero and the Renault Stepway were revealed at the beginning of 2012, with some differences from the other versions sold, such as the location of the doors locks and the passenger's airbag.

Safety[edit]

On the passive safety front, Sandero has been designed to meet the requirements of European regulations.[12] Depending on equipment level, Dacia Sandero comes with up to four airbags. In terms of active safety Dacia Sandero features the latest-generation Bosch 8.1 ABS which incorporates EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist).

Euro NCAP rated the Dacia Sandero fitted with the basic level of safety equipment and also crash tested the car equipped with the 'safety pack', which is standard on some variants, and optional on others.[13] The crash test for basic level Dacia Sandero equipped with front seatbelt load limiters, driver frontal airbag and front passenger frontal airbag, scored 3 stars for adults, 4 stars for children occupants and 1 star for pedestrians.[14]

  • Adult Occupant: 3/5 stars, score 24
  • Child Occupant: 4/5 stars, score 38
  • Pedestrian: 1/4 stars, score 6

The EuroNCAP test for the 'safety pack' model equipped with side body and head airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners, received a score of 31 for adults, 38 for children occupants and 6 for pedestrians, these results being rated as 4 from 5 stars for adults and children occupants.[15]

  • Adult Occupant: 4/5 stars, score 31
  • Child Occupant: 4/5 stars, score 38
  • Pedestrian: 1/4 stars, score 6

Engines[edit]

Name Code Capacity Power Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed Combined consumption
1.0 16v D4D Hi-Flex 999 cc 77 hp (57 kW) 14.1 s 161 km/h (100 mph) (gas/ethanol)
1.2 16v D4F 732 1,149 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 13.6 s 161 km/h (100 mph) 5.9 l/100 km (48 mpg-imp; 40 mpg-US)
1.4 8v K7J 710 1,390 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 13.0 s 161 km/h (100 mph) 6.9 l/100 km (41 mpg-imp; 34 mpg-US)
1.4 8v K7J LPG 1,390 cc 72 hp (54 kW) 13.0 s 161 km/h (100 mph) 9.2 l/100 km (31 mpg-imp; 26 mpg-US) (LPG)
1.6 8v K7M 800 1,598 cc 85 hp (63 kW) 12.9 s 169 km/h (105 mph) 6.7 l/100 km (42 mpg-imp; 35 mpg-US)
1.6 8v K7M Hi-Torque 1,598 cc 95 hp (71 kW) 11.7 s 174 km/h (108 mph) (gas/ethanol)
1.6 16v K4M 696 1,598 cc 105 hp (78 kW) 11.3 s 181 km/h (112 mph) 6.8 l/100 km (42 mpg-imp; 35 mpg-US)
1.6 16v K4M Hi-Flex 1,598 cc 112hp (82kW) 10.8 s 195km/h (121 mph) 9.3 l/100 km (30 mpg-imp; 25 mpg-US) (ethanol)
1.5 dCi K9K 892 1,461 cc 75 hp (56 kW) 15.0 s 157 km/h (98 mph) 4.5 l/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US)
1.5 dCi K9K 892 1,461 cc 90 hp (67 kW) 13.0 s 167 km/h (104 mph) 4.6 l/100 km (61 mpg-imp; 51 mpg-US)

Sandero Stepway[edit]

Renault Sandero Stepway (Guadeloupe Edition)
Dacia Sandero Stepway

Renault do Brasil, which is the Brazilian outfit of French car manufacturer Renault, released in October 2008 the Sandero based crossover mini SUV Stepway, ten months after launching the Sandero brand there. The Brazilian Stepway has a 1.6-litre 112 bhp (84 kW; 114 PS) 16 valve engine, the Hi-Flex one with bio-ethanol abilities,[16] and it is marketed in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico.

The European version, unveiled on May 7, 2009 at Barcelona International Motor Show under the Dacia brand, is available in most of the European markets as of September 2009. Dacia Sandero Stepway comes with a 1.6-liter and 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS) petrol engine or 1.5 dCi 70 bhp (52 kW; 71 PS) diesel engine.[17]

Top Gear[edit]

The Sandero was a running gag on Top Gear in Series 11 and Series 12. After Dacia sent the show a press kit, presenter James May would bring up "Good News!" about the Sandero, with Jeremy Clarkson just saying "Great!" and immediately changing the subject. This was also featured in the Big Book of Top Gear, with a page proclaiming "Good news! The Dacia Sandero is in this book!" After a few series, Clarkson had switched places with May, who would then say he didn't know what Clarkson was talking about. In the first episode of Series 13 James says "Good News", then Clarkson asks "Is it the Dacia Sandero?" to which May, bewildered, replies "No...". Afterwards the car wasn't mentioned in the series.

In Series 14, during a visit to Romania, Clarkson bought May a used Sandero as a gift. After returning from a test drive, May parked the car behind an idling lorry, and exited. As May praised the car to his co-presenters, the lorry reversed into the Sandero, damaging the passenger side. The joke was continued in Series 15, except this time referring to the Dacia Duster. It also happened in Series 18, where May brought up a new Dacia, the Lodgy. The Dacia joke returned in Series 19, in the first and third episodes, and in Series 20, episodes 2 and 5. The current Sandero was featured alongside the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Up! in series 21 as part of a 1.0L three cylinder cars challenge, which ended with Jeremy Clarkson (VW Up!) and James May (Dacia Sandero) having to drive into the abandoned city of Chernobyl, the Sandero being the only car that makes it back out.

According to some sources, its second generation was intended to become the third Reasonably Priced Car, but its use was prevented due to a delay in its British release.

Sandero II (2012–present)[edit]

Sandero II
2013 Dacia Sandero II front.JPG
Overview
Production 2012–present
Assembly Mioveni, Romania
Casablanca, Morocco (Somaca)
Tangier, Morocco (Renault)[18][19]
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door hatchback
Platform Dacia M0 platform[20]
Related Dacia Logan II
Powertrain
Engine 0.9 L I3 turbo (gasoline)
1.2 L I4 16-valve (gasoline)
1.2 L I4 16-valve (gasoline/LPG)
1.5 L I4 dCi (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,589 mm (101.9 in)
Length 4,057 mm (159.7 in)
4,080 mm (160.6 in) (Stepway)
Width 1,733 mm (68.2 in)
1,757 mm (69.2 in) (Stepway)
Height 1,523 mm (60.0 in)
1,533 mm (60.4 in) (Stepway)
Curb weight 1,016–1,237 kg (2,240–2,727 lb)
Rear view
Dacia Sandero Stepway

The second generation Sandero was revealed by Dacia at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.[18] The new Stepway variant was also presented.

The hatchback model and the mini crossover version were spotted covered in camouflage in the months of June,[21] July,[22] and September,[23] and CGI impressions of the new model were released by car magazines Auto Bild[24] and Za Rulem.[25] Official photos with the new Sandero were released by Dacia on 17 September 2012, showing an exterior design theme similar to the new Logan and a dashboard inspired from Lodgy.[26]

Marketing[edit]

In Romania, the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway could be ordered from 1 October 2012.[18][27] It also became available in the United Kingdom, where it joined the Duster in dealerships from 2013,[28] being the most affordable car on the market.[29]

Safety[edit]

In 2013, the second generation Dacia Sandero achieved a 4-star EuroNCAP overall rating for basic level, improving on the previous basic model’s 3-star score.[30][31]

The car received a score of 29 pts (80%) for adults, 39 pts (79%) for children occupants, 21 pts (57%) for pedestrians and 5 pts (55%) for safety assist, these results being rated as 5/5 stars for adult and child occupant protections, and 4/5 stars for pedestrian protection and safety assist.[32]

  • Adult Occupant: 5/5 stars
  • Child Occupant: 5/5 stars
  • Pedestrian: 4/5 stars
  • Safety Assist: 4/5 stars

Engines[edit]

Engine Code Displ. Power Torque Top speed 0–100 km/h Combined consumption CO
2
emissions
Petrol engines
0.9 12v TCe H4Bt 400 898 cc 90 PS (66 kW) at 5950 rpm 136 N·m (100 lb·ft) at 2500 rpm 175 km/h (109 mph) 11.1 s 5.3 l/100 km (53 mpg-imp) 122 g/km
1.2 16v D4F 732 1,149 cc 75 PS (55 kW) at 5500 rpm 107 N·m (79 lb·ft) at 4250 rpm 156 km/h (97 mph) 14.5 s 5.9 l/100 km (48 mpg-imp) 137 g/km
1.2 16v LPG D4F Bi-Fuel 732 1,149 cc 72 PS (53 kW) at 5500 rpm 105 N·m (77 lb·ft) at 4250 rpm 156 km/h (97 mph) 14.5 s 7.6 l/100 km (37 mpg-imp) 132 g/km
Diesel engines
1.5 dCi 75 K9K 612 1,461 cc 75 PS (55 kW) at 4000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1750 rpm 159 km/h (99 mph) 14.6 s 3.9 l/100 km (72 mpg-imp) 103 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 K9K 612 1,461 cc 90 PS (66 kW) at 3750 rpm 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) at 1750 rpm 167 km/h (104 mph) 12.1 s 3.9 l/100 km (72 mpg-imp) 103 g/km

[33] [34] [35] [36]

Awards[edit]

In January 2013, British magazine What Car? awarded the second generation Sandero as the Best supermini less than £12,000, noting that "it offers something genuinely new and different in that it brings real space for bargain prices".[37]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nissan is the partner of Renault in the Renault–Nissan Alliance.
  2. ^ Available in certain markets only, such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Russia.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Patrick Le Quément, ex-patron du design Renault : pas tout à fait rangé des voitures !" (in French). Caradisiac. 24 January 2013. 
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  4. ^ "Ficha técnica Renault Sandero". Nissan Mexicana. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
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  14. ^ "EuroNCAP test". Euroncap.com. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "EuroNCAP 'safety pack' test". Euroncap.com. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
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  17. ^ "Dacia unveils the new Sandero Stepway". Wall-Street.ro. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Inauguration of second production line at Renault-Nissan Tangier plant". Renault. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014. "The new line will increase the site’s output capacity to 340,000 vehicles a year, starting in 2014. It required an investment of €400 million and will produce Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway, two leading models in the Dacia range." 
  20. ^ European Malaise Not Slowing Down Renault’s Dacia
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  22. ^ "Spy Shots: 2013 Dacia Sandero Stepway is a Junior Duster". Carscoop. 20 July 2012. 
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  25. ^ "Is This the New Dacia Logan?". Autoevolution.com. 21 August 2012. 
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  29. ^ "Dacia Sandero from £69 a month". What Car?. 20 November 2012. 
  30. ^ "EuroNCAP: Dacia Finally Improves on Safety with First 4-Stars". carscoops.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  31. ^ "Dacia Sandero 1.2 base". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  32. ^ Euro NCAP Rating Review
  33. ^ http://www.autoevolution.com/dacia/sandero/
  34. ^ http://www.simpotrans.ro/assets/clients/public/file/Date_Tehnice_Noul%20Sandero_2012.pdf
  35. ^ http://www.dacia.rs/modeli-dacia/novi-sandero/karakteristike.html
  36. ^ http://www.dacia.rs/download/dacia_novi-sandero_rs.pdf
  37. ^ "Dacia Sandero - Best Supermini less than £12,000". What Car?. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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