2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway Review; Saves your money, but not on the sprint
Spacious and comfortable on rough roads, the 2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway has an attractive price and, with the “900” three-cylinder turbo petrol engine and LPG, ensures good brio (90 horses) and (thanks to the low cost of gas) reduced expenditure for fuel. To good results for the motor, do not match the notes equally positive for the steering (inaccurate) and transmission (not very fluid). Available in one trim only, the Stepway has a generous standard equipment (which includes, inter alia, “climate” and Navigator).
The 2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway has a simple appearance and pleasant, as well as (like the other Sandero) spacious interior; It is distinguished by the black plastic caps on the bottom of the bodywork and four centimeters in height between the floor of the car and the ground, allowing this Dacia to deal more smoothly even mildly rough trails. The Interior is simple but not without some refinement: the steering wheel and dash have polished grey inserts, and the central part of the bridge itself is covered in soft material. The driving position is comfortable. The continuous adjustment, rather than jerky, the seat-back angle is not as common in cars of this genre; Sin, instead, that the steering wheel adjusts itself only in height. Nothing bad to say about the availability of glove compartment: capacious, in particular, that apart from the shifter and the drawer in front of the front passenger. The LPG system, developed by Landi Renzo, is factory fitted without modifications to the three-cylinder engine: maintenance intervals are those, well spaced (20,000 km), on the gasoline version, and no registration is required. In the guide the Dacia Sandero Stepway 0.9 TCE Prestige lends itself to sailing relaxed, thanks to the softness of the engine: pointless to force the pace, body roll is evident and steering responses and rates are not the highest. Good visibility: the glazed surface is extended. Four, out of a possible five stars from Euro NCAP crash test of the car (performed in 2013). The Price of Dacia Sandero Stepway is around 12,200 Euros for base version
2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway Interior, Fuel Economy (MPG)
Except keys on cruise control and window (at the bottom of the console), and that to change from one fuel to another (placed near the gear lever), the other commands of the Dacia Sandero Stepway are well laid out. The Navigator, with the large touch-sensitive screen (7 “) is intuitive to use. In-dash instruments shall be read without difficulty and provide essential information. Missing, however, the average fuel economy. In four feels good; behind, even those who are taller than 180 cm not touches the ceiling with his head. And, on the couch, even in three is not too sacrificed. In relation to the small size of the bodywork on the compartment (regular shape, such as opening the tailgate) is capacious. However, the threshold is devoid of guards and 20 cm higher than the bottom (under which there is a gas cylinder).
2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway Test Drive
In town. The steering wheel and the clutch of the Dacia Sandero Stepway, besides the good visibility, are a nice help: the “900” sprint to move without difficulty, but the inclusion of the five reports is fluid and the shifter has a long stroke. Improved the efficiency of the rear shocks over the bumps.
Out of town. The 21 cm between the bottom of the car and the ground allow you to tackle without too many anxieties of mind even rough paths (but comfort over potholes not great). On the tarmac, the suspension just firm and roll marked do not favor the agility and handling (safe though). And the steering is slow. However, powerful brakes.
On the highway. The guide is little fatiguing and recovering the slowdowns rather lively. Shame about the sound proofing, careless: the potential wind noise are obvious, and 130 km/h the motor works in a system quite high (3250 RPM). To reduce noise and consumption could use a sixth gear.
2018 Dacia Sandero Stepway Pros and Cons
- Management costs. Are low: the gas is cheaper than other fuels and “coupons” will do it every 20,000 km.
- Price/room amenities. In a figure enticing you buy a car equipped with all you need.
- Space. To be long just over four meters, the car has a passenger compartment and a large trunk.
- Visibility. No problem, even in “retro”. And among the options include distance sensors.
- Exchange.The inclusion of gears is “woody” and the lever has a run too high.
- Commands. Those of the LPG system could be better integrated with the others. Keys on cruise control and window are not easily accessible.
- Comfort. The cockpit is spacious but marching is not well isolated from the noise and potholes.
- Steering. Not “communicating” faithfully what passes beneath the wheels and leaves something to be desired in readiness.