Dacia Sandero hatchback - Interior & comfort
Dacia have chosen just the right amount of toys and even the top trim is very affordable
One of the most noticeable areas of cost-saving in Dacia's models is the interior, but it's less of an issue here. The Access trim was certainly very basic, but it was removed from sale during 2021. Gone, too, are Essential models as of mid-2022, leaving the sole Comfort trim, which offers a surprising level of, well, comfort and equipment.
There is less sound deadening than you’d find in the Renault Clio or Skoda Fabia, though, and this becomes more evident on faster roads like the motorway. Here, road noise and even the sound of the turbo is more noticeable than in more expensive superminis but importantly, despite its budget status, the Sandero’s interior is free from creaks and rattles when driving.
Dacia Sandero dashboard
It may have a slightly frumpy looking analogue instrument cluster and four-spoke steering wheel, but there's a lot to like inside the new Sandero. For starters, the quality has improved noticeably, and there are also more than a few carry-over parts from the Clio - which is a far more expensive car - like the gear lever and heater controls. In the Comfort model we tested, there was an attractive padded section in the dashboard, and a padded section on the door lining for your elbows.
Gone are the previous Access and Essential trim levels, leaving Comfort trim as of mid-2022. This has LED headlights, reach and height adjustment for the steering wheel, electric windows all-round, keyless entry, automatic wipers, a rear-view camera, front fog lights, air-con, cruise control, body-coloured bumpers and an eight-inch display with DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and six speakers.
At the top of the range, Comfort trim brings luxuries like keyless entry, electric rear windows, automatic wipers, a rear-view camera, front fog lights and six speakers.
Dacia is famed for promoting simplicity and no frills, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the only options are metallic paint and a spare wheel. Choose a Bi-Fuel version and we doubt you can even pick the latter, as the LPG tank occupies space underneath the boot floor.