2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway: prices and specifications

After a small, affordable car with chunky looks and a raised driving position? The Sandero Stepway may be the rugged hatchback for you

James Allen
Apr 17, 2021

There are plenty of options if you're after a new supermini or small SUV - but what if you'd like something that slots somewhere between the two? Have no fear, there is still a large selection of cars to choose from, with one potential candidate being the Dacia Sandero Stepway.

With its extra 39mm of ground clearance separating the body of the car from the road and off-roader-inspired cladding around the bumpers and wheel arches, the Sandero Stepway sits in the middle ground between the standard Dacia Sandero and taller small SUVs. This also means the Dacia Sandero Stepway is a direct rival to SUV-eque superminis like the Ford Fiesta Active – as well as being a larger alternative to similarly-priced, higher-riding city cars such as the Kia Picanto X-Line and Fiat Panda City Cross.

Other than the styling and ride height changes, the Sandero Stepway is very similar in terms of specification to the conventional Dacia Sandero. As a result, the car has a fairly spacious interior for a car of this size, and the 328 litres of luggage volume is also pretty good for a car so small. Equipment levels are fairly decent considering how little the car costs, too - though you will need to go for more expensive versions if you want additions like alloy wheels, a touchscreen media system and a reversing camera.

For the most part, the Sandero Stepway’s engine options have been carried over unchanged from the standard Sandero hatchback. While the 65hp entry-level engine didn’t make the cut, the Sandero Stepway is available with 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines that produce 90hp and 100hp. The more powerful of the two has the perk of being able to be run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel, which typically costs half as much as petrol.

Quick facts

  • Chunky styling and raised ride height
  • Petrol and LPG-compatible options
  • Up to 328 litres of luggage volume
  • Same interior as standard Sandero
  • Prices from £11,495
  • On sale now

2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway performance

As the normal Sandero’s entry-level 65hp 1.0-litre petrol engine hasn’t been carried over, the base option in the Sandero Stepway is instead a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 90hp. That’s a decent amount of power for a car of this size, and means performance is respectable for this type of car, with the car able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.7 seconds.

Those performance stats are for cars with the standard-fit six-speed manual. Tick the option box for the automatic gearbox, and the 0-62mph acceleration time increases dramatically to 13.6 seconds. Fuel economy takes a big hit, too. While Dacia quotes a 53.3mpg figure for the manual model, the automatic Sandero Stepway can only return up to 45.6mpg. As a result, if you're specifically after an automatic gearbox, the Stepway is less appealing than the Ford Fiesta, for instance.

There’s also a 100hp 1.0-litre turbocharged option, which Dacia calls a 'Bi-Fuel' engine. As its name suggests, this engine doesn’t just run on one type of fuel, as it’s compatible with both petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), with each fuel having its own dedicated fuel tank. One of the big draws of LPG is that it’s far cheaper than conventional petrol - however, as not all filling stations have LPG pumps, you may not always be able to fill up with LPG.

Regardless of whether the engine is running on petrol or LPG, Dacia claims the Bi-Fuel Sandero Stepway can accelerate to 62mph in 11.6 seconds. Economy figures vary a lot depending on the fuel, though. According to Dacia, the engine can return 52.3mpg on petrol, and 39.8mpg on LPG, so while LPG fuel is around half the price of petrol, you won't be able travel quite so far on each litre. Do also bear in mind that, unlike Stepways with the 90hp petrol engine, the Bi-Fuel version is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway specifications

One of the reasons why the Dacia Sandero Stepway is more expensive than the regular Sandero supermini is due to the fact it's only available in higher trim levels. Whereas the regular car is available in basic entry-level Access spec, the Stepway range starts off with the standard Sandero’s mid-range Essential trim.

This at least means you won’t be going without too many creature comforts by going for an entry-level Sandero Stepway; features that aren’t available on the most basic Sandero supermini, such as air-conditioning, a radio with Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows, remote central locking and 60:40 split-folding rear seats, come as standard on the least expensive Stepway model.

Go for the mid-range Comfort spec, meanwhile, and you’ll add have access to items like rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, front fog lights and an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system that you can connect your smartphone to using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. In comparison, the top-spec Prestige trim doesn’t gain that much extra kit, though it does benefit from a blind spot monitoring system and extra storage space underneath the centre armrest.

2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway practicality

Other than the raised ride height, the Dacia Sandero Stepway is pretty much identical size-wise to the base car. This means the car has a respectable amount of interior space, and there’s enough head room and leg room on offer for taller adults not to feel too hemmed in on longer journeys.

Likewise, the Sandero’s luggage volume of 328 litres, which is fairly good for a car of this size, has been carried over to the Stepway version - and, just like you can on the regular car, the load area can be increased to 1,108 litres by folding the rear seats down.

Boosting the Sandero Stepway’s practicality even further are the car’s standard-fit roof rails. As was the case with the previous Sandero Stepway, the rails can be converted into a roof rack, which Dacia says is strong enough to support loads of up to 80kg.

2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway prices

The Dacia Sandero Stepway is available to order now. Prices start from £11,495 for entry-level cars in Essential spec, with mid-range Comfort and top-spec Prestige models setting buyers back from £13,095 and £13,895 respectively. This means the Dacia Sandero Stepway is £1,500 more expensive than the like-for-like versions of the standard Sandero supermini.

 

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