Top Gear's big budget car track test
Stig hammers the Sandero, Citigo and i10 on a rallycross course. Will any survive?
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Purveyors of automotive adventure, the real world has kicked in TopGear's front door this morning. It's a two-hour drive to Lydden Hill from my place, it's 5.30am, and I'm driving down in the Dacia. In this bleary-eyed scenario, it's possible I could confuse one white consumer durable for another, only to discover there are no pots of yoghurt in the Sandero. Boy, this thing is stripped, transport in its purest form.
The steering column is fixed, you can't do much with the seat, and the driving position is lofty but not uncomfortable. There's a sea of switch blanks, no rear headrests, and 21st-century niceties such as a USB connection and remote locking are reserved for the next trim level up. But beneath the scratchy plastics, the Sandero has an inherent, perceptible robustness.