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
The Dacia does its time-machine thing on the move, too. For example, it encourages good, old-fashioned lane discipline. Its 1.2-litre four-pot makes 75bhp, and although it's surprisingly gutsy off the line, it begins to sound and feel agricultural the faster you go (fast being a relative term).
So while there's no such thing as a sweet spot here, 70mph is where the Sandero is at its least busy and aurally challenging - at 80mph, it's turning over at 4,200rpm. Overtaking also requires careful forward planning, and you will quickly find yourself pining for even a modestly torquey turbodiesel. There are a lot of big rigs on the motorway to Dover, and I spend a lot of time sandwiched between them.