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Dacia Sandero hatchback - Reliability & safety

The Dacia Sandero is fitted with proven parts and now has some of the latest safety features

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  • Fantastic value
  • Practical
  • Right amount of kit


  • Access trim is too basic
  • Base engine is sluggish
  • Road noise

One crucial part of the Dacia recipe is the use of tried-and-tested parts from its owners at Renault, so almost every part in the Sandero is already familiar. This should help alleviate any issues, as the lower trims in particular have very little technology to go wrong. Safety will be an interesting area to keep an eye on when Euro NCAP releases its results, but the level of standard kit has been improved.

Dacia Sandero reliability

As we've alluded to, the 1.0-litre petrol engines fitted in the Sandero are familiar Renault items, so we don't expect any major issues. The sheer simplicity of the car should also be reassuring for buyers, because even if something does go wrong, it should be fairly straightforward and cheap to repair. 

There is one blot on the copybook, though, which is Dacia's disappointing last-place position in our Driver Power survey, out of the 30 mainstream brands. Some of the issues included styling, handling and the car's interiors, so the latest Sandero could go some way to addressing them. Meanwhile, 17.2% of owners reported one or more faults in the first year. 


One of the main strikes against the outgoing Sandero was its relative lack of safety features compared with the latest models. It scored a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating, but this was back in 2013 when the test wasn't as tough as it is today.

The latest Sandero hasn't been tested by Euro NCAP yet, but it does boast quite a few extra safety features missing from the older car. For a start, its modern new Clio underpinnings mean it has autonomous emergency braking for the first time, so the car can brake automatically if a collision is deemed to be unavoidable. The Sandero is also fitted with six airbags as standard, along with ISOFIX child seat mounting points. It also has a system called E-Call that can automatically summon the emergency services in the event of a serious accident.

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