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Dacia Sandero
Paris Motor Show 2018, Paris (1Y7A1736).jpg
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Dacia Sandero is a subcompact 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, Egypt, South Africa, Mexico, and South America.[1] It was introduced in September 2007, and is based on the Logan platform. It is also produced in Iran by Pars Khodro and marketed as Renault Sandero.

Sandero I (2007–2012)[edit]

Sandero I
Dacia Sandero phase I
Also calledRenault Sandero
Production2007–2014 (Brazil)[2]
2008–2012 (Romania)
2008–2015 (Colombia)
2015–present (Iran)
AssemblyMioveni, Romania
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil (Renault Brazil)
Envigado, Colombia (Sofasa)
Casablanca, Morocco (Somaca)
Moscow, Russia (Avtoframos)
Pretoria, South Africa (Nissan)[nb 1],
Tehran, Iran (Pars Khodro)
DesignerRenault Design Barcelona[3]
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
PlatformDacia B0 platform
RelatedDacia Logan
Dacia Duster
Renault Clio III
Nissan Tiida I
Nissan Note
Nissan Micra III
Engine1.0 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)
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic[nb 2]
Wheelbase2,589 mm (101.9 in)
2,588 mm (101.9 in) (Stepway)
Length4,020 mm (158.3 in)
4,091 mm (161.1 in) (Stepway)
Width1,746 mm (68.7 in)
1,753 mm (69.0 in) (Stepway)
Height1,534 mm (60.4 in)
1,578 mm (62.1 in) (Stepway)
Curb weight1,025–1,204 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 at Renault's Technocentre near Paris, France, in conjunction with the regional engineering centers based in Brazil and Romania.[7][8] It was revealed for the first time at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show,[9] and made its formal market debut in Brazil, as a Renault model, in December 2007, being the first Renault model to debut outside Europe.[8]

It was launched subsequently in Europe as a Dacia model at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008.[10] Renault began manufacturing the Sandero in South Africa in February 2009,[11] 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.


In May 2011, Renault launched in Brazil a facelifted version of Sandero, which enjoys a new face and a revised interior.[12]

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.


On the passive safety front, Sandero has been designed to meet the requirements of European regulations.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

  • Adult Occupant: 3/5 stars, score 25
  • 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.[16]

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


Name Code Capacity Power Acceleration
0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
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 112 hp (82 kW) 10.8 s 195 km/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
Dacia Sandero Stepway

Renault do Brasil, which is the Brazilian subsidiary of French car manufacturer Renault, released in October 2008 the Sandero-based crossover 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,[17] and it is marketed in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico.

The European version, unveiled on May 7, 2009 at the 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 litre and 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS) petrol engine or 1.5 dCi 70 bhp (52 kW; 71 PS) diesel engine.[18]

Sandero II (2012–present)[edit]

Sandero II
2013 Dacia Sandero II front.JPG
Also calledRenault Sandero
AssemblyMioveni, Romania
Casablanca, Morocco (Somaca)
Oran, Algeria (Renault Algeria)
Tangier, Morocco (Renault)[19][20]
Togliatti, Russia (AvtoVAZ)
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil (Renault Brazil)
Envigado, Colombia (SOFASA)
DesignerRenault Design Central Europe[21]
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
PlatformDacia M0 platform[22]
RelatedLada Granta Dacia Logan II
Engine0.9 L M281 I3 turbo (gasoline)
1.0 L I4 (flex-fuel)
1.2 L I4 16-valve (gasoline)
1.2 L I4 16-valve (gasoline/LPG)
1.6 L I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L I4 (flex-fuel)
2.0 L I4 (gasoline)
1.5 L I4 dCi (diesel)
2.0 16v F4R engine (gasoline) R.S. version
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic manual (Easy-R)
Wheelbase2,589 mm (101.9 in)
Length4,057 mm (159.7 in)
4,080 mm (160.6 in) (Stepway)
Width1,733 mm (68.2 in)
1,757 mm (69.2 in) (Stepway)
Height1,523 mm (60.0 in)
1,533 mm (60.4 in) (Stepway)
Curb weight969–1,237 kg (2,136–2,727 lb)
Rear view
Dacia Sandero Stepway
Dacia Sandero facelift
Dacia Sandero facelift
Dacia Sandero Stepway facelift

The second generation Sandero was revealed by Dacia at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.[19] The new Stepway variant was also presented. The hatchback model and the mini crossover version were spotted covered in camouflage during 2012, in the months of June,[23] July,[24] and September,[25] and CGI impressions of the new model were released by car magazines Auto Bild[26] and Za Rulem.[27]

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.[28]

Marketing and production[edit]

In Romania, the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway could be ordered from 1 October 2012.[19][29] It also became available in the United Kingdom, where it joined the Duster in dealerships from 2013,[30] being the most affordable car on the market.[31]

In June 2014, it was launched as the new Renault Sandero in Brazil, where it is also manufactured for the South American markets.[32] Sales in Russia began in September 2014, the Sandero being locally assembled at the AvtoVAZ plant.[33]

The current Sandero model (produced from 2012) is produced in Mioveni, Romania (near Pitesti) for RHD markets such as United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus and South Africa (as Renault Sandero), it is also produced in Algeria by Renault Algeria since beginning of 2016 for the local market (only the Stepway version).


In May 2013, the second generation Dacia Sandero achieved a four star EuroNCAP overall rating for basic level, improving on the previous basic model’s three star score.[34][35]

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.[36]

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


Engine Code Displ. Power Torque Top speed 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) Combined consumption CO
Gasoline engines
0.9 12v TCe H4Bt 400 898 cc 90 PS (66 kW) at 5000 rpm 140 N⋅m (103 lb⋅ft) at 2250 rpm 173 km/h (107 mph) 11.8 s 3.5 l/100 km (81 mpgimp) 90 g/km
1.0 12v SCe B4D 411 998 cc 73 PS (54 kW) at 6300 rpm 97 N⋅m (72 lb⋅ft) at 3500 rpm 158 km/h (98 mph) 14.2 s 5.2 l/100 km (54 mpgimp) 117 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 162 km/h (101 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 154 km/h (96 mph) 15.1 s 7.6 l/100 km (37 mpg‑imp) 120 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

[37] [38] [39] [40] [41]

Sandero RS 2.0[edit]

In August 2014, Renault Sport CEO Patrice Ratti revealed to Autocar magazine that a hot hatch RS version of Sandero was in the works, following test cars being spotted in early to mid 2015. Using the 110.3 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) 2.0 16v F4R engine, and capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds, the Sandero RS is the first Renault Sport to be manufactured outside France.[42] It was released in September 2015 in Brazil, different from the normal versions with three types of ECU control: normal, sport and sport+, four disc brakes with ABS, Clio RS steering wheel, electronic stability program and a six speed manual transmission.[43]

It later came in Mexico in 21 October 2019.[44]


A facelift was announced in July 2019, to be introduced for the following model year, but only for the Renault-badged model, produced in Brazil. This upgrade brings a slightly revised front end and a more significantly redesigned rear end.[45]

Awards and reception[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".[46] What Car? awarded the Sandero again in 2014[47] and 2015.[48]

Auto Express assessed a 4 out of 5 to the Sandero Stepway.[49]

Top Gear[edit]

The Sandero was the focus of a running gag on the British television programme Top Gear. In Series 11 and Series 12, after Dacia sent the show a press kit, presenter James May would often exclaim "Good News!" and explain a fact about the Sandero during the show's news segment, to which Jeremy Clarkson would reply "Great!" before abruptly changing the subject.

The gag was also featured in The Big Book of Top Gear, with a page proclaiming "Good News! The Dacia Sandero is in this book!" In later episodes, the presenters switched sides of the gag, with Clarkson bringing up news about the car and May shrugging it off. In the first episode of Series 13, when May said he had "Good News", Clarkson immediately asked "Is it the Dacia Sandero?", to which a seemingly bewildered May replied, "No..." The car was not mentioned for the remainder of 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 truck, 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, and in Series 18, when May brought up the new Dacia Lodgy. The gag returned in the first and third episodes of Series 19, as well as the second and fifth episodes of Series 20.

The second generation 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 Clarkson (Up!) and May (Sandero) having to drive into the abandoned city of Chernobyl, with Hammond's Fiesta having already run out of fuel. The Sandero was the only car to make it back out and complete all the challenges. (Technically, the challenge was to run out of fuel before reaching Chernobyl, so Hammond in his Fiesta was successful at this last challenge.) May pointed out the large price difference between the Fiesta and the Sandero, stating that at £17,500 Vs £7,500 he could afford to lose his car, buy another - and still be better off than Hammond.[50]

Despite the comical and sarcastic nature of the recurring bit, May has stated that he has a genuine affinity for the Sandero.[51] According to some sources, its second generation was intended to become a third Reasonably Priced Car on Top Gear,[52] however its use was prevented due to its delayed release in Britain.

See also[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.[4][5][6]


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