The Dacia brand is evolving at a rapid rate, as measured by Sandero’s knowledge – and price. It is no longer a discount car, so expectations have become different; you can rely on its spaciousness, good usability and comfortable tuning suspension.
The 90-horsepower turbo engine is torquey, but the guidance on the six-speed transmission lever is inaccurate, and you may have to look for the gear because the lever gets stuck when you want to shift back from sixth. There are many gears, the transmission is long, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder can be used well even at low revs due to the turbo, the test consumption has become 6.6 liters / 100 km with a lot of motoring. Even potholed country roads are handled with confidence by the suspension, which, while tighter than the previous generation, is still comfortable in absolute terms.
I couldn’t make friends with the Media Control headunit. There was a static noise while sitting in the test car, the system was still paired with the previous user’s smartphone, which was listening to music via Bluetooth – shouldn’t it be silent without a source? The inserted device is firmly held in the holder, but the charging cable may be stretched at the edge of the instrument panel; this detail was somehow left out of the press photos. I don’t understand why the car wants access to my photos if I just want to use my phone as a display? The radio is part of the car and can be used without a phone with the remote control on the steering wheel.
The optional Media Display also has a phone holder and an 8-inch touch screen, which makes it much easier to use. By the way, surcharge, in addition to the standard equipment of the test car, air conditioning (HUF 130,000), metal light (HUF 130,000), spare wheel (HUF 50,000), fog lights (HUF 35,000), reversing radar (HUF 50,000) and driver’s seat package (HUF 70,000) received. The latter is the most important, as it includes a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that can be positioned in both height and depth, allowing even adults to adjust to a comfortable driving position.
I LIKED IT
• good value for money
• comfortable suspension
• powerful engine
• spacious passenger compartment
I DID NOT LIKE
• inaccurate, stuttering gear
• Using a Media Control headunit
Sandero no longer collects laurels as a low-cost car, but as an object of use. It offers spacious passenger compartment, comfortable driving and a powerful engine in one package, which we only get in part at a similarly priced competition.
Dacia Sandero TCe 90
Total stroke volume: 999 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S3 / 12 turbo
Max. Power: 67 kW (90 hp) 4600-5000 / min
Max. Torque: 160 Nm 2100-3750 / min
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4088/1848/1499 mm
Wheelbase: 2604 mm
Turning circle: 10.6 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1120/442 kg
Luggage compartment: 328-1108 l
Fuel tank: 50 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 11.7 s
Maximum speed: 178 km / h
Average weight loss. (WLTP): 5.1-5.8 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 116-132 g / km
Test consumption: 6.6 l / 100 km
Base price of the model: 3,499,000 HUF (SCe 65, Acces)
The price of the tested version: 4,099,000 HUF
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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