Dacia is an easily recognizable car, maybe from the rise of PUBG, an online multiplayer battle royal game where it is commonly featured as one of the vehicles you can use to drive around. However, in the real world, it is not much.
It has always been about simplicity when it comes to the Dacia, and that is why it is the cheapest car in Britain. They tried to change that with the Sandero Stepway Techroad as they try to inject some more style and life into a simple car making this the most expensive among all the variants that this car went through.
The added £660 to its price tag goes to the vehicle’s cosmetics which includes extra paint choices, European mapping, and a spare wheel if you need it. In addition, you also get air conditioning, parking sensors at the rear, cruise control that has a speed limiter on it, and a seven-inch touchscreen which gives you the infotainment system that has become a standard in almost every modern vehicle.
Moreover, the infotainment system has sat-nav and mirroring capabilities such as Apple CarPlay. The best thing about it is, this will cost you just a little over £4,000 compared to the costs you pay for when buying a STANDARD Ford Fiesta Zetec.
On the other hand, these features do not add so much to Dacia’s offering to modern cars. It is only elevated with the color options. Otherwise, it remains the simple Dacia that we know and love. What you see is what you get, but with a price tag of £11,660 is still very cheap for a car nowadays. It is even cheaper when you pay it on a monthly basis with an APR of 6.9 percent.
When driving, the car feels like its price tag. Although, this was to be expected. They also refused to change its outdated underpinnings which makes the experience worse. It is not as comfortable as other offers in the market, especially in the super mini class. This is in spite Dacia raising the Sandero Stepway’s suspension with bigger tyres.
Its chassis is also a reworked version of the Mk2 Renault Clio, which makes it all the more outdated.
The company also added a 0.9-liter petrol engine is noisy under the hood. Controls are no better, however, its long gearshift is able to trick you into thinking that the model is not as old as it is.
At the end of the day, the Dacia Sandero Stepway Techroad was not built to give you thrills while riding. It is serviceable to a fault. However, the fact that it costs you just under £12,000 is a good ploy to attract consumers to the vehicle.
If you do plan to buy the car, take a long hard think through because reports have said that the car would not be available beyond this year, especially this particular model with the Techroad trim level which is also available in the Duster and the Logan Estate.