Dacia Sandero hatchback - Practicality & boot space
For the price, nothing gets close to the Sandero's practicality
- Fantastic value
- Right amount of kit
- Access trim is too basic
- Base engine is sluggish
- Road noise
Despite being the cheapest new car on sale in Britain, the first Dacia Sandero impressed by offering five doors and more space than some other superminis, putting other cheap city cars in the shade. The new platform has only made things better, giving the Sandero more space inside for people and their luggage.
Dacia Sandero interior space & storage
The latest Sandero is larger than before, and the most noticeable area of improvement is for rear seat passengers. There's now 42mm of extra legroom, which is not only great news for adult passengers, but also for parents fitting a bulky child car seat in the back. Extra width means it's also feasible for three people to squeeze into the back without falling out.
There's also 21 litres of interior storage distributed between cubbies and pockets, including a space between the central armrest, cup holders and a fairly large glovebox. There are 60/40 split and fold rear seats in the Comfort model, but this is a simple car, so there aren't as many clever features as the more expensive Skoda Fabia.
Just like the Renault Clio, the Sandero has a fairly tall loading lip to lift items over, but once you do it has a generous 328 litres of volume. That's not far off the class best, and only a fraction smaller than some cars in the family hatchback class.
Considering its budget billing, we were also impressed the boot has a height-adjustable floor, helping smooth out the loading area if you decide to fold the back seats down.