NEW CAR ROAD TEST: DACIA SANDERO STEPWAY
The improved Dacia Sandero Stepway is inexpensive but doesn't look it.
It's a supermini that's been jacked up a bit to give a crossover look and seems to press all the right buttons for buyers who don't want big outlay but require big value.
The entry-level 88bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine will probably be more than enough for most people and it's a sweet little motor, the three cylinders making a characterful sound and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine is respectably quick but it'll still return reasonable fuel economy.
It's a much more interesting and, crucially, expensive-looking car than the basic Sandero hatch and although it's essentially a 4x4-styled supermini it's still a vehicle that will find a ready market here in the UK.
With its 40mm raised ride height, it will not only appeal to those looking for something a bit beefy-looking to drive in town, but older buyers might well appreciate not having to sit so far down into the vehicle.
The Stepway is a case study in how to do budget cars very well indeed.