Used Dacia Sandero Stepway Review (2020 - Present) MK3

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

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Dacia Sandero Stepway (2020 - Present)

The Dacia Sandero Stepway is one of the best selling small SUVs in the country. It provides great comfort to driver and passengers and delivers good performance.

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  • Responsive on the move
  • Excellent grip
  • Spacious interior
  • Skid plates are cosmetic only
  • There's some roll in the corners
  • Flat and unsupportive seats
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What's the Dacia Sandero Stepway like?

Smaller SUVs are now hugely popular with a myriad of models to choose from and almost every car manufacturer in on the act.

But there is one value leader that stands out from all the others - both new and second hand - because it’s so much cheaper.

The Dacia Sandero Stepway is almost invariably cheaper than the competition, and the spacious interior makes most of them look small.


The engine choice comprises four petrols and one diesel, all from parent company Renault, and all are very economical.

The lowest powered model is the 1.0-litre SCe with 75bhp. This takes more than 16 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62mph and is best suited for local journeys. It’s capable of 50mpg.

Then there is a 1.0-litre TCe turbo with 90bhp. This reaches the benchmark in 10.7 seconds and is capable of 55mpg. It’s the quickest in the range.

Next comes a 1.0-litre TCe with 100bhp, but although it has slightly better economy than the 90bhp, it’s slower, taking 11.7 seconds to get to 60mph.

There is also another 100bhp model that can run on either petrol or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). It’s good for 45mpg, and of course, gas is much cheaper.

Finally, there's a single diesel option – the 1.5 BlueDCi turbo used in many Renault models. In this guise, it comes with 95bhp and is capable of an excellent 74mpg while reaching 60mph in 11.2 seconds.

Driving Experience

Like almost all the others, the Stepway is only available front-wheel drive, but 40cm of raised ride height over the standard Sandero plus traction control make it more than capable on grassy slopes or rough stone roads should the need arise.

And that ride height helps on the road too, making it easy to get in and out for those less nimble than they used to be, and shrugging off speed humps, potholes and poor surfaces like water off a duck’s back.

The Stepway certainly has that off-road look on the outside, with big plastic wheel arch extensions, roof rails, front and rear skid plates and chunky alloy wheel options.

But be warned, the skid plates are cosmetic only and just for show.

I’ve driven both the diesel and the 90bhp petrol and both are smooth and willing. My favourite is the 90, because it’s so responsive on the move, with quite enough urge for swift overtaking, even if that does mean pressing it higher up the rev range.

The high stance does mean there’s some roll in the corners, and flat, unsupportive seats don’t help, but in fact it holds the road really well, with excellent grip even though the tyres are pretty narrow and high profile.

Just shows you that low profile tyres might look good, but the extra expense costs in comfort and rarely improves roadholding to any noticeable extent in family cars.

Interior and Equipment

There’s plenty of space for four six footers inside and also plenty of room in the boot for all their stuff. For the price of an older supermini, you get a real family car.
Peter Hayward

All are five doors, and Ambiance spec brings front and side airbags, small touch screen for CD and infotainment with a remote control, front electric windows, remote locking, child seat anchorages and roof rails.

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