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Dacia Sandero Stepway


Real life reviews written by people who own the vehicle. Our reviews cover the Dacia Sandero Stepway Ambiance and Laureate, with diesel and petrol engines.

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  • bobfer
    20 August 2016 - 05:27 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 0.9 Petrol (TCe 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: Two years and ten months
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    Good Points: Great car, really like it, good value for money. Fuel consumption lower than claimed by Dacia
    Bad Points: None really apart from the warranty. Is,nt worth the paper it's printed on! Not impressed by the dealer Parks, Ayr. They are only interested in making money 75.00 per hour to repair a bargain priced car making a clutch replacement for my car costed at about one thousand pounds. One tenth of the new cost of the car, absolute nonsense!!

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  • B-WELL
    07 July 2014 - 06:31 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Easy drive all round vision. comfortable handling
    Bad Points: no remote boot lock.
    no CD player.
    some clonking of gear change but may be driver fault

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  • Rgd22
    06 July 2014 - 04:15 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 6 days
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    Good Points: This is an excellent car. It replaces a Mercedes A Class. It looks good and drives extremely well. So far it has hardly used any diesel. The Medianav system is excellent and is not affected too much with road noise at speed. Excellent value for money and would recommend it to anyone.
    Bad Points: Not found any yet although they forgot to put the tyre pressure plate on the car.

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    What a car for the money!!! It has virtually everything my old Mercedes A Class had and cost me less than that did second hand. My road tax and insurance for the year will be less than the road tax on the Merc. The change from auto to manual has been a relatively easy move although I am still getting used to the feel of the clutch in different shoes.So far fuel consumption has been frugal which is always good. The car is very good to look at and certainly turns heads, unfortunately it didn't turn the head of the driver of the Golf that hit me in the rear on day four. The bang was loud and I expected the worse, and although my new baby sustained some damage it was relatively small compared to the feel of the impact, which knocks out of the window comments in professional reviews that the car was not sturdy. So far I am more than pleased with our Stepway, and only hope that the rear skirt that was damaged can be replaced quickly so that I can have her back in pristine condition again soon.
  • Rich
    27 June 2014 - 07:19 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Ambiance, 0.9 Petrol (TCe 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 6 weeks
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    Good Points: My first impressions in the garage is how well it looked in white with black wheel arches and soon has we drove for the first few miles how light and roomy the cabin is, yes costs have been cut in places but everything we need from a basic car is there and all seems well screwed together. And its the first car I can get both my flask and dinner box in the door pocket.
    Running Costs
    Well everything is so cheap from insurance fully comp with protected claims came in at £133
    And with cheap road tax at only £110 per year
    After my first full tank of petrol achieving 38mpg I was a little disappointed, but now the car is getting better miles per gallon after running in for a few weeks and is now achieving 48mpg this is with the eco button on most of the time only switch over when needing to pass slower cars or going up steep hills, so conclusion now very happy.
    Ride and handling
    First time out with this car I did notice some roll on sharp corners and did seem choppy on uneven roads at speed, but that could have been mainly down to the way I was driving because after a few weeks of getting used to the car I now have noticed how well it drives on all roads even the very badly potholed ones that my old car a Seat Ibiza would have been horrible to drive on.
    It does seem to be a bit slow from 0-60 but it will cruise very nicely when it gets there I now drive more conservative.
    Conclusion
    This is a great car that I would recommend to anybody looking for a cheap car with good looks and is nice to drive and cheap to run with lot of cabin space and a good boot for a car of this price range.
    Every day I drive the dacia just puts a smile on my face knowing everyone has paid so much more for their Qashqai and Tiguan than I have paid for my Dacia.
    also lots of friends have commented on how nice the alloy wheels look, little do they know .
    Just added black wheel trims looks even better.
    Bad Points: none

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  • bobburton1
    02 May 2014 - 08:47 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: one month
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    Good Points: Everything, it turns heads.
    Bad Points: Cannot find enough excuses to go out in it

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    I live in france, it loves the roads and the roadholding at speed is great. Best car l have owned regardless of price.
  • Rhibeth1
    25 April 2014 - 05:42 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Sandero Laureate, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 8 months
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    Good Points: It's my first new buy car and I can't believe how fab it is.the mpg is fab around town and on the motorway it's so effortless to drive.its very roomy inside where u can sit 5 people easily the cruise control and limiter r fab to.my car was in stock and had in 3 weeks just in time for holidays and no tax is a bonus also the media nav is fab too.i love it.
    Bad Points: None at all

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    No fault whatsoever it's all good
  • bent_toe
    11 April 2014 - 04:59 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 0.9 Petrol (TCe 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 2 weeks
    Problems:
    Good Points: Price, ride height, suv look, works good offroad, fully equipt for a cheap price
    Bad Points: Seat and space behind driver

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    Only had it for two weeks, it grows on me every day.
    This is my first brand new car buy and i been reading/watching alot around Dacia and the Renault group. Not many reviews and tests out there that i havent read.

    At first, back in dec, i was looking at the Logan MVC for a family car but went over to the Duster around Jan and been going back and forth until i sat down and wrote everything i need from a car and all of the suddenly i understood that it was the Stepway i needed all along. So.. i started test driving it and going through everything about the car, inside and out. Spoke to 3 different dealers and tested both the diesel and petrol engines. A few weeks went by and i started calculating and checking economics between diesel and petrol and found out that for me the best choice is petrol.

    Then it was onto color and extras.

    I been looking at the black Logan and Duster but when i saw the white Stepway it just felt right.. it's so good looking with white body color and black rims. So white it was. As for extras.. .well the armrest is shit i've heard, plastic and makes it hard to reach the handbrake... so i ended up with just towhook (for trailers.. don't know the British word).

    I went in on a thusday with my Seat Leon and signed the deal, the next day i picked it up.... and never looked back.

    I must mention this, in my work we drive a Ford F150 4x4 and a Nissan Navar 4x4 and we rarely use 4WD and we drive in alot of forest and offroading with just 2WD. The only time i, as a private family father, see myself using 4x4 is on icy roads.. so therefore i'm not missing the Dusters 4WD.

    BUT.. the weekend after i bought the Stepway i took it out in the forest on small hikingtrails and on plain mud/grass. Nothing extrem but more than you would like to drive with a regular car and it's ground clearence height.

    And it performed extremely well.. so just because you dident get the Duster does not mean you can't go offroad with a Stepway.


    So, conclusion... one of the best cars i ever bought if you compare equipment, driving, price, looks, tax and driving economics in one package.

    Dacia will do what Skoda and Kia did, they will sell ALOT of cars around the world and within 2-4 years they will be recognised by the non-believers.


    /bent



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  • silverfox
    09 March 2014 - 10:28 AM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Stepway Ambiance, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 6 days
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    Good Points: Drives and looks great ! Long legged gearing
    Bad Points: None

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    Well it's arrived after a five month wait. Took delivery on Tuesday 4th March 2014 . I'd only driven a sandero petrol version for my test drive so was a little apprehensive about how the diesel Stepway would feel. What a wonderful surprise! Lovely long legged gearing. Only about 1800 revs at 60mph.
    I absolutely love this car. It's my eighth new car so I'm not just overawed by the newness. I am so pleased with the refinement and general feel of the car.
    I went for the Ambiance after a lot of deliberation.
    I decided eventually, that I don't need AC. My last car had it and I never used it. When would use electric windows on the rear doors ?? I was informed that the Sat nav on the Laureate couldn't be updated. Plus you can buy a decent one for a fraction of the cost. The extra trim I won't miss. Don't need parking sensors. I can live without electric door mirrors. Only myself will drive so I adjusted them slightly when I took delivery, and probably won't touch them again.
    Fortunately the driving position is perfect for me, so no probs there. The only thing I wanted from the Laureate was the cruise control and speed limiter.
    So all in all the Ambiance was a good choice for me personally. The media system in the Ambiance is great. Phone and I pod work well on Bluetooth. I also have a lot of music on a memory stick, so just plug that in to the USB port. Then you have the option of the disc player.
    I've worked on cars and motorbikes since I was 14 so know my way around a car, and like the way it's been put together. It Looks and feels very well built.
    So all in all I'm a very happy customer. I know it's early days but first impressions are above expectations.
  • Makrig
    05 February 2014 - 07:42 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: Five months
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    Good Points: Apart from the phone problem I think the car is great. It is very economical returning around 58mpg around home and 65mpg with the cruise control on when using the motorway going up to Scotland when I visit my family. The car is easy to drive and I find it very comfortable and I am over six feet tall.
    Bad Points: Apart from having to spend over two hundredd pounds to update a phone contract only four months old I have not found any bad points yet.
    After driving the car for five months have stopped looking for the problems which I expected with the low price.

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  • ronaldo
    02 December 2013 - 08:57 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Stepway Ambiance, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

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    Owned For: 3 days
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    Good Points: Rides potholes and speed bumps like a dream.
    Bad Points: None

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    This car has so far met all my requirements. I'm just surprised it's this good, and can't see any point in looking for picky things that don't affect my driving experience and comfort. This is a super chunky willing car that turns heads and at an excellent price.
  • Schnauzer
    10 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 0.9 Petrol (TCe 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 2months
    Problems:
    Good Points: value for money half the price of similar crossover vehicles relatively economical 40mpg better performance than expected considering the size of the engine.good boot size and good driving position.
    Bad Points: Boot doesn't open with remote. I'm getting deflectors as water drips in when windows open.A bit folly on country roads but can live with that.

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    I saw the Stepway in Spain last summer and was impressed with its looks. so ordered one in January which finally arrived middle of July. pleased with the interactive consul would have gone for Duster but too big for me limited parking. Was concerned about power 900cc but pleasantly surprised. Had a problem insuring it my existing insurer AXA wouldn't insure Dacia had to get another insurance company which was a bit annoying. going to fit wind deflectors stop rain dripping in. Not the most attractive car from behind but does the job.
  • royboy
    07 September 2013 - 07:59 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Stepway Laureate, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 weeks
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    Good Points: Quality, Price, Value for money
    Bad Points: Time I had to wait from ordering to delivery

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    Only had the car a short time. However to date I am delighted with the car ,its performance, and road holding. It does exactly what it says on the tin, but its not perfect. I am being very picky, but in my opinion the car could further be improved by a few, very minor changes. a) put the electric window switches on the door (drivers side) ( B) move the rear door interior hand hold from central position, I have caught my wrist twice on the rear door fastener whilst lowering the door. Rear door again, when approaching the vehicle with both hands full of shopping, you still need the key to undo the door, or you have to open the passenger door and pull the leaver. Which ever method you use you have to put the shopping down ,if raining on to a wet floor before you gain access to the boot. Just a small modification, could save all this hassle. I knew all these little points before purchase,but just hope these little niggles can be altered to improve an already excellent product.
  • freelander2
    04 August 2013 - 07:34 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Stepway Ambiance, 0.9 Petrol (TCe 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 days
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    Good Points: WHAT A FANTASTIC CAR FOR THE MONEY! MY PARTNER AND I ARE COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY OF EVERYTHING IN AND ON THE CAR SO GET YOURS ORDERED NOW BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED CHARGING FOR METALLIC PAINT WHICH COST US NOTHING. IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A CHEAP NEW CAR WHICH DOES ACTUALLY TURN HEADS WHEREVER IT GOES THEN THIS IS IT!! EVERYONE STARES AT IT WHEREVER WE GO AND ASKS THE SAME QUESTION: WHAT IS IT AND HOW MUCH IS IT? DACIA IS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF BIG TIME.
    Bad Points: NOTHING AT ALL

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