Usually when we get a press release from Euro NCAP, we spontaneously burst into a stubborn yawn. Because almost always new cars that enter the Dutch and Belgian market receive the full five stars. At a certain point that is not really news anymore. But when we read that the new Dacia Sandero scores a poor two stars, we are suddenly on the edge of our seats. Because a while ago we were still quite enthusiastic about the new Dacia Sandero.
How safe is the Dacia Sandero?
Is the Sandero a life-threatening car? To avoid the crowds, should you only go out during curfew to reduce the risk of collisions? Will you be squashed against the inside of the forward like a fat blowfly if you unexpectedly bump into a tricycle? No, no and no again.
Safety scores Sandero and Sandero Stepway
For adult occupants, the Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway achieve a safety rating of 70 percent. That is a lot less than the 94 percent of the Skoda Eniaq iV and the 93 percent of the Volkswagen ID.4, but still more than enough. And what about the safety of children? The Sandero achieves a score of 71 percent on this. That is not wrong either. Although the two electric SUVs of the Volkswagen group are doing a lot better (89 percent).
Shortcomings Dacia Sandero
Where the Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway go wrong is in the areas of assistance systems and pedestrian safety. For those two test items, the Romanian scores a pretty poor 42 and 40 percent respectively. These two parts are partly related, because the Sandero’s automatic emergency braking assistant does not recognize pedestrians. Neither do cyclists. The risk of hitting them is therefore greater than with many other modern cars. And if you hit a weak road user, the Sandero doesn’t have an active bonnet that slightly softens their landing on the car. What Euro NCAP also heavily charges the Dacia Sandero (Stepway) is that lane assistance is not available. You cannot tick a system that warns the driver against a rear-crossing system either.
Excellent scores Skoda Eniaq iV and Volkswagen ID.4
The Volkswagen ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq iV you can, if desired, quite hang with safety assistants. Despite their large dimensions and no less impressive weight, the electric pair does not go wrong in a collision with vulnerable road users. The Skoda puts a score of 82 percent for assistance systems and 71 percent for pedestrian safety. Its Volkswagen cousin is doing even better with 76 and 85 percent respectively.