James May’s favorite car, the Dacia Sandero budget hatchback has been given a new lease of life. There were speculations about the last generation model’s probable entry to India via Mahindra Renault, but due to the recent fall out between the brands, those plans never materialized.
The Logan based Sandero enters its second generation and has been introduced in the Brazilian market-wearing a Renault badge of course. The car gets an updated exterior design, which includes a bigger, smarter front grille, a new front bumper with chrome accents, revised side skirts and other minor tweaks.
More up market features such as climate control, an LG infotainment system, rear parking sensors, USB and Bluetooth connectivity have been be added to the Sandero, depending on the version chosen.
Range topping variants get a leather wrapped steering wheel, split folding rear bench seats, central locking, cruise control, ABS, front airbags, EBD, and electric windows.
The Sandero gets its fair share of frugal mills, with the base Authentique version equipped with a 1.0 liter 16 valve unit, delivering 80 HP (57 kW) and also compatible with ethanol. There is also a 1.6 liter 8 valve for the Expression and Dynamique versions, with 98 HP (73 kW) or with 106 HP (79 kW) when running on ethanol.
Check the interiors of the 2014 Dacia/Renault Sandero in the gallery below