2013 Dacia Sandero hatchback engine
Impressive engines let down by lifeless steering and lots of body rollIf you’re expecting the 2013 Dacia Sandero hatchback to be awful to drive simply because it’s cheap, then you’re in for a bit of a shock. While it’s never going to win any prizes, the engines in particular do perform quite well – especially the 900cc TCe, which accelerates pretty fast for such a low-powered engine. The 1.5-litre dCi is smooth, quiet and is more than capable of holding its own on long motorway journeys. However, the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine can be a bit wheezy and feel underpowered when you have to pull out of junctions. The Sandero is quiet and relaxing on the move, thanks to its soft suspension and good sound insulation, but the price you pay for all of that is lots of body roll through the corners, especially when driving at higher speeds, so its probably best to just take things slow and steady. The steering is heavy and indirect, too, but traction control, ABS and four airbags are all included as standard, so you’re not left entirely out in the wind.
2013 Dacia Sandero hatchback comfortable
Avoid the basic models if you value comfort and convenienceFor such a cheap price, the 2013 Dacia Sandero hatchback was never going to be the most comfortable car on the market. So, you might find yourself being rolled from side to side when driving through the corners, but as long as you keep the Sandero in a straight line, then the soft suspension makes good work of absorbing the bumps in the road. The seats are soft and have just enough support to keep front passengers relatively firmly in place, while three adults can squeeze across the rear bench – something that can’t be said for similarly priced city cars. Unless you don’t mind a complete lack of comfort and convenience features, we’d avoid the base model (which doesn’t even include a radio) and look further up the range.
2013 Dacia Sandero hatchback reliability
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