So where does the Dacia Sandero fit, sizewise? That very much depends on how you position the car. On price, you'd have to say it's competing with city cars but in terms of the amount of metal you get, it's actually sized somewhere between a Fiesta-sized supermini and a Focus-sized family hatch. In other words, for the kind of money being asked, the interior and exterior dimensions are very generous indeed, with the ordinary five-door hatchback Sandero offering 1436mm of rear elbow room, giving enough space to seat three adults comfortably or install three child seats. Boot volume is 320-litres (slightly more than a Ford Focus) which is extremely good for this class and there's a 60/40 split fold rear seat to improve practicality still further.
In 2017, changes were made to this model, including a revised front end design showcasing Dacia's smarter lighting signature flanking a revised honeycombed grille. The interior's smarter than it once was too, with satin-effect chrome finishing to lift the dashboard, a smarter steering wheel and some soft-touch surfaces on upper-spec variants. Dacia has even moved the electric window switches from the centre console to a more conventional place on the doors. As before, the cabin offers plenty of storage, notably via a central cubby box. The oddments spaces in the front and rear doors are large enough to house a 1.5-litre and 0.5-litre bottle respectively.
As before, there's the option of a crossover-like Sandero Stepway bodystyle with raised suspension and roofbars.