Dacia Sandero Stepway 0.9 Tce Laureate

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Having just taken delivery of my Stepway in white and been driving it for a week, I'd thought I'd share the experience......
My first choice of an SUV crossover was the Peugeot 2008 ( again in white) but when I went to my local dealership in July they had no models in the showroom for me to see but luckily a salesman from another dealership was at this one with a red model. So having asked to look around was pleased enough to enquire about one for around the end of October. Unfortunately for me the salesman didn't take me seriously and just humoured me, taking my details and then never getting back to me.

The next day while travelling into Manchester I noticed the Renault Dealership had a blue Sandero Stepway on show so stopped for a quick peek. The price for a Stepway on the road was £9,795 ( Laureate model) and the price of a Peugeot on the road with around the same trim level and equipment was £14,999....you do the maths.

Was the Peugeot really worth the extra £5k...read on...

I ordered my Stepway on the 3/7/13 and was told it would be available around November/early December (blimey this long a wait must mean it's good).

Anyway, it arrived 17/10/13 and when I first saw it I must admit I fell in love with it..great looks for a little money..or so I thought..£10k is not a little money it's quite a lot..I could get a Corsa,Seat Ibiza or a Ford KA for less.
But it was mine now and so our affair began......
 Interior...seats are comfy, well made and have Stepway stitched into the front seats...the adjustable steering is great and height adjustable seat for the driver,again great.

Clocks (speedo etc) are clear and easy to read and there are  lots of warning symbols to take in....

The wheels....oh dear...i've been mugged....Dacia never mention the word "alloys" but "Special 16 " wheels"..and they are special....steel wheels with a plastic wheel trim..(you can't get more special than plastic wheel trims)
I was gutted to find the wheels were not alloys...but at £9,795 on the road what was I expecting!!!!!

Driving it....a 3 cylinder engine with 898cc was always going to be hard to get used to even with a turbo...but I'm assured when I've done 1500mls running it in it will go some (it is the same engine as the new Renault Clio)
The ride is okay but with all the pot-holes we have these days is any car able to cope with our roads, I bought this due to the ride height and it does the job, you don't feel as though your bums scraping the floor.

The level of equipment is very high and you would have to spend a lot more to get the same level but there is a downside...what Dacia/Renault have spent on high levels of equipment (cruise control,rear parking sensors,traction control,MediaNav system, air conditioning,electric windows all round,electric door mirrors) they have neglected other areas...no spare wheel, not even an emergency one (they do supply you with a can of stuff that you put in your tyre and a compressor) but I've just spent £130 on a steel wheel and a tyre so I feel more confident if I travel long distances....motorways are very dangerous for fiddling about trying to get your tyre fixed at the roadside so having a proper wheel and tyre is a must for me.. there are some paint blemishes and the car is 2 halves welded together at the rear passenger sides, .....but at £9,795 what was I expecting.....a Mercedes finish.....

Would I recommend you buy one......if like me, you prefer something different, I mean how many BMW's ,Mercedes, Fiesta's, Corsa's are there on the roads today..literally thousands..oh I forgot the Polo's and Golf GTi's....so yes it's different, i'm the only one in the village with one..but I'm someone who bought a Lada in the 1990's for £3,333..so would you trust me..value for money 7/10...looks 9/10...equipment 9/10 finish 6/10...
But think of this....£0 for road tax..I think it's just for the first year but my insurance is an unbelievable £195 fully comp...as in the words of Michael Parkinson "you can't get this kind of insurance anywere else"..so you do the maths....

If you want anymore info on this car and you are serious about one send me a message and I will tell you all I know.........and remember this, those nice men and women from Romania who built this car are coming to a town near you after 1/1/14..so if you have any trouble with it you can rely on them to fix it for you...

Update...12/01/14
Having done the first 500 miles everything seems okay...economical,fast and smooth...easy to drive and the MediaNav excellent.

 
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