The Dacia Sandero is a supermini car that was first produced by both the French manufacturer Renault as well as the Romanian subsidiary Dacia in 2007. This vehicle is currently in its second generation and has been marketed as the Renault Sandero in various markets, some of which include South Africa, Russia, and countries throughout South America. This vehicle was initially introduced in September of 2007 and is based on the Logan platform.
The Sandero I, which was produced from 2008-2012, has a slightly shorter wheelbase than its predecessor and was developed in Ranult’s Technocenter which is located in near Paris, France. This vehicle was first unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and was launched in Europe as a Dacia model at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008. In May of 2011, this vehicle received a significant facelift with a whole new front end and a completely revised interior design. This facelift was revealed at the beginning of 2012 and there were clearly some stark differences between the new one and the models that were sold before it. Some of these difference include passenger side airbags as well as different placement for the door locks.
When it comes to safety, the Sandero has been designed to meet the bare minimum requirements laid out by European regulations for motor vehicles. Although the specific safety features this car comes with varies depending on the equipment level, there are up to four airbags and it uses the most recent generation Bosch 8.1 ABS which utilizes EBD or Electronic Brakeforce Distribution as well as EBA or Emergency Brake Assist. Euro NCAP rated the version of this vehicle that was equipped with the most basic safety equipment and put it through numerous crash tests with some average results. The score for an adult occupant in this vehicle is three out of five stars, a child occupant scores four out of five, and a pedestrian scores only one out of five.
The Sandero based crossover mini SUV Stepway was released in October of 2008. This vehicle has a 1.6 liter 112 bhp or 114 PS 16-valve engine and the Hi-Flex version comes with bio-ethanol capabilities. The Stepway was marketed in a number of countries, including Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. The European version of this vehicle was first unveiled May 7, 2009 at the Barcelona Motor Show with the Dacia nameplate and is available through many different European markets.
The Sandero II, which first made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, is a hatchback model and also comes in a mini crossover version. Official photos of this vehicle were released to the public in September of 2012, and they gave consumers their first look at its stunning exterior design which is very similar to the Logan with a dashboard that is taken straight from Lodgy. When it comes to safety, the 2013 Sandero II earned a 4-star EuroNCAP rating for basic level, making some major improvements from its last score of just three stars for adult occupants.
With a number of different trim options and some fairly powerful engines, the current Sandero is definitely a versatile crossover with lots of get up and go. While this vehicle may be far from perfect, there will no doubt be more improvements and changes made to its overall design in years to come. The safety rating for this vehicle has improved greatly because of the new features and design which came with the second generation in 2012. As a whole the Sandero is definitely a solid vehicle which appeals to many different consumers in places all over the world.