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
All three use MacPherson strut front suspension with a torsion beam rear, to noticeably better effect in the Skoda and Hyundai than the Dacia. The 941kg Sandero lollops a bit on B-roads, and its primary ride is only average at best everywhere else. Various decommissioned Renault components have staged a comeback, which might explain why the Sandero is perversely good fun on the circuit. Watching Stig hammer it round the track - a Thing doing battle against a fridge with an engine - is a reminder that the Dacia, if nothing else, is built to last.
It's also my favourite of the three. Not the best overall - that's the Hyundai - but a car that stands in proud defiance of the modern world's ceaseless obsession with ‘stuff'. The Sandero doesn't tweet, post pictures on Instagram or give a toss about Facebook. It's not a WiFi hotspot. While everyone else is honing their brand across multiple platforms, the Dacia gets the job done in spectacularly unspectacular style. Spending time in it is an almost monastic experience. It's good for the soul. It's not as frugal as the other two, and it chucks out too many CO2s, but it's a fantastic value-for-money, anti-fashion statement.