There aren't any recent changes to this fourth generation Sandero, save for the addition of the latest brand badge on the grille and the tailgate. As before, it rides on the same CMF-B platform as a far pricier (and smaller) Renault Clio. Also as before, there are two versions of the single 5-door hatch body shape, the standard model and the high riding crossover-inspired 'Stepway' version, which is differentiated with flared wheel arches, 16-inch wheels, roof bars, plastic body cladding and body-coloured skid plates.
Viewed side-on, this MK4 design cuts a contemporary silhouette - it's a world away from the overtly simple, rather slab-sided shape of previous generation Sanderos, with plenty of curves and details that bring it out of the 20th century and very much into the present day. There are strong lines running from the headlights and over the wheelarches, into the front doors. And these are mirrored at the back of the car, making it look planted, rather than perched, on the ground.
The cabins of previous Sandero models also had something of the feel of a Bulgarian thrift store - you were certainly never in doubt about how little you'd paid, and neither were your passengers. In contrast, what's served up here is far more welcoming and warmer-feeling, with greater sophistication thanks to a pleasing combination of materials and more contemporary-looking dials and controls. If you're moving into a Sandero from something like a Fiesta, some of the materials will still feel pretty hard. But the car feels like it wraps around its front seat occupants, with a wide centre console that's angled slightly towards the driver. On plusher 'Expression'-spec models, you get a built-in 8-inch screen perched on top of the dashboard, which offers up an attached 'phone cradle, reminding you to pair your handset with the system' wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring systems.
Visibility is very good, with reasonably thin A-pillars and a deep glasshouse, so the view behind and over-the-shoulder is generally unimpeded, despite the black surround of the shallow rear window and the thick rear pillars. The interior is lifted by cross-hatched fabric trim across the centre of the dash, on the door armrests and on the upper part of the seat backrests. And storage is also decent, with 21-litres of it dotted about the cabin.
Access to the rear is easy, with wide-opening doors and reasonable knee room; you could seat a couple of adults there more comfortably than in most other superminis. The boot's a bit bigger too, rated at 328-litres. The 1,108-litres of capacity with all rear seats folded down is competitive for this segment, comfortably beating the 947-litres of the Toyota Yaris and not far behind the Renault Clio and SEAT Ibiza.