Available to order now, the updated Sandero is priced from £5,995 (diesels from £9,195), Sandero Stepway from £8,795 (diesels from £11,395) and Logan MCV from £6,995 (diesels from £10,195). Dacia says that even after the latest upgrades, the Sandero and Logan MCV remain the most affordable new car and new estate car, respectively, available in the UK.
The updates encompass changes to the interior, exterior and equipment levels, while these also see the introduction of a new SCe 75 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in place of the old 1.2-litre 16V 75. The established TCe 90 petrol and dCi 90 diesel engines continue to be available across the revised range.
Dacia says the changes have contributed to the new Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV benefiting from significantly increased residual values. In the November 2016 edition of the CAP Gold Book, the latest versions offer average RV improvements of as much as 5.8 per cent and nearly £600 after the first year on the new Sandero.
Of the changes, the most obvious is a brand new front end design designed to showcase Dacia’s new lighting signature. All three models receive new double optic front headlights, as on the Duster, and there are also LED Daytime Running Lights as standard across the range – a first for Dacia – which feature a pattern of four stacked rectangles. A brand new grille with a honeycomb design – edged in chrome on the Sandero Stepway and with a chrome centre line on the Sandero and Logan MCV – together with a sharper, more chiselled bumper that has more prominent fog lights complete the look.
The rear lighting signature is based on four illuminated squares in the Sandero and the Sandero Stepway, which also gets a chromed exhaust tailpipe.
Completing the exterior are fresh wheel designs for all three models. The available paint shades have also been extended to include the new Mink colour and the Chestnut colour that was previously unique to the Ambiance Prime trim level.
Dacia says the interior upgrades include a more elegant and more contemporary satin-effect chrome finish for the air vent surrounds, trim strip and centre console fascia, while a new four-spoke steering wheel design has the horn push in the centre, moving it from its previous position on the indicator stalk. The new steering wheel also offers improved integration of the cruise control and speed limiter buttons for Lauréate versions, an exclusive Soft Feel finish for high-end trim levels and, on the Sandero Stepway, a ‘Stepway’ logo on the chrome surround.
Standard equipment has been strengthened with the additions of DAB radio on all three models (except for Access trim) – meaning that every Dacia model now benefits from DAB radio. Air conditioning is now standard on Ambiance versions and above. Dacia says this makes the Sandero Ambiance the most affordable car with this feature as standard on sale in the UK.
Top-of-the-range Lauréate versions now include the MediaNav navigation system, incorporating a 7-inch touchscreen, AUX input, radio and USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and rear parking sensors as standard. Manoeuvring is further simplified with the availability of a reversing camera and Hill Start Assist.
The updated Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV join the Duster SUV, which was recently enhanced with the availability of the automatic six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission. Dacia says this is the most affordable automatic crossover available in the UK.
Available on Lauréate and flagship Prestige 4×2 Duster variants, the automatic EDC gearbox is mated to the 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine. This pairing returns fuel economy of 62.8mpg (NEDC Combined) and CO2 emissions of 116g/km.
In the UK, over 90,000 Dacias have been sold since the brand was relaunched in January 2013.