I drove this car a few months back, I was impressed by how comfortable it was eventhough the ride was a bit choppy. In my opinion the "Step-Way" Sandero looks a lot better...more mature... more grown up, it feels like an actual monster of a car when you are driving it. Except...it's not.
It has a microscopical 900cc TUBRO charged engine which produces about 90 horsepower. Which in such a bulk of a car, in my opinion is not enough and, I understand that cars nowadays need to be more economical due to the rise in fuel prices whilst still being able to over take people on bicycles which is why it has a turbo with a smaller engine which in turn, uses less fuel, HOWEVER, there is so much turbo lag that people on bicycles could actually over take you.
When you are driving it you do get a sense that it's quite a cheap car(because it is) it's very plastic-ey and cheaply made, it's got a big boot so you have space for at least half of your luggage, it's economical, reasonably cheap to maintain. One thing that did annoy me pretty much the most is that the buttons for the windows were in the centre console right cruise control rather than...I don't know...by the doors like literally every other car out there...annnd it's quite loud inside the car considering how small the engine annd the steering wheel is way too big annd the to setup the Bluetooth on the stereo is way too complicated which means 2 minutes in you would already want to get rid of the car.
Now that's great and all but one day, you going to meet Bob in his Megane (which is faster, easier to drive and in my opinion just a better car) at a light. You will then be thinking, oh boy, he's got it good but in actual fact, his car is not much more expensive and yes, at this point it's all about what can afford, right?
Definitely, but that being said. If I was going to buy a Renault/Dacia... and would like to make sure I can show my dominance on the streets. I would get myself a Megane, I would rather spend extra money on a great car than spend that money on a car I will want to get rid of in a few years.
I think it's a good car with great potential if the rough edges are polished.
But at the end of the day, at the moment, I think, the Megane is just a better car...