Dacia Sandero Stepway – Farewell endurance test

Sympathetic on all fronts

Dacia is more alive than ever and sells excellently. The models have also looked better and better in recent years. Dacia is one of the last brands with an LPG installation ex works. All these factors were reasons for us to drive a Sandero Stepway for six months, running on LPG.

Well, we really liked the Dacia. It has a high favorability factor and at a time when almost all new cars are fully electric or partly electric, it is just nice to go back to basics. After all, the Sandero is a car with a combustion engine, without any form of electrification and equipped with an LPG tank. The pleasantly low price of fuel in particular makes up for a lot. Then fiddling with the pump with a nipple, turning the handle on the connection and keeping the filling button pressed is more tolerable. Only along the highway do you sometimes pay an amount per liter that approaches 1 euro. Dacias running on LPG require an adapter in the Netherlands; the system that comes standard is sufficient for LPG refueling in many southern countries.

We quickly took a trip to Italy in September. We returned home with an average fuel consumption of 1 in 14.2 and €182 in LPG costs, which are of course fantastic figures when you have traveled more than 2,800 kilometers.

That excellent consumption dropped to 1 in 12 in the winter. The three-cylinder always starts on petrol, and then switches fairly quickly to LPG. At low temperatures, switching to LPG takes a little more time and it only takes a few minutes before the engine runs on LPG. The 1.0 three-cylinder with turbo is one with an on-off character, but otherwise problem-free. In addition, it was simply fun to drive with a manual gearbox again, but unfortunately the transmission does not provide really smooth shifting.

– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl

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