Latest first drives New Dacia Sandero
With prices starting at £5,995, the Dacia Sandero is the UK'c cheapest new car. But is it built down to a price or a bargain that fits the current new car market perfectly?
New Dacia Sandero: what is it?
Dacia is a new badge in the UK market - essentially a budget sub-brand owned by French giant Renault but based in Romania. Having previously launched the Duster SUV in the UK, Dacia is now bringing in its supermini, called the Sandero.
With launch prices starting at just £5,995, the Sandero is a headline-grabber, as it's the cheapest new car on sale in the UK. Yet it's the same size as regular superminis like the Ford Fiesta, and its hatchback boot will swallow a claimed 320 litres, which is bigger than the new Renault Clio's.
It shares its engine with the new Renault Clio, so it's up-to-the-minute in that respect. The cheapest models have a 1.2-litre 75bhp petrol engine. Add £800 and you can choose a 0.9-litre three-cylinder TCe engine producing 90bhp. Add a further £1,000 for the 1.5 dCi diesel, also with 90bhp.
In design terms, it doesn't win any prizes and its specification is pared right down to keep costs low - for instance, the £5,995 Access model doesn't even have an audio system and only comes with white paint and black bumpers. In contrast, the most expensive 1.5 dCi Laureate, with air con and electric windows, costs a rather less bargain-basement £9,795. An SUV-style Sandero Stepway model arrived in May 2013.
All Sanderos get standard stability control - an important safety feature that some versions of its sister model, the Dacia Duster, lack.