The new Dacia Sandero will be Britain’s cheapest car when it is launched in the UK in January. Targeting the likes of the Ford Fiesta, the Sandero joins the £8995 Duster SUV in Dacia’s UK launch line-up.
Don’t thick though that, just because it’s cheap, the Sandero skimps on goodies: it doesn’t. The engines, which include the latest 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol, come from the new Renault Clio range.
The entry-level Sandero Access, priced at £5995, is only available with a normally aspirated 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. It does though come with 15in steel wheels and black bumpers.
The Ambiance trim, which adds, among other features, body-coloured bumpers, remote central locking, electric front windows and Bluetooth connectivity, will set you back an additional £800.
The Ambiance trim level also gets the Clio 4′s 89bhp 0.9-litre petrol engine plus the latest 89bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel: these cost £7595 and £8595 respectively.
The range-topping Laureate trim — which includes air-con, cruise control and front fog lights — adds a further £1100 over the price of the Ambiance. It’s available with all three engine options.
Metallic paint is a £475 option on Ambiance and Laureate models, along with 15-inch alloy wheels for an extra £425.
Not surprisingly, there’s a series of options across the range, including rear parking sensors (£175), sat-nav (£175), leather seats (£600) and a front centre armrest (£90) are available on Laureate models.
A top-of-the-range Sandero Laureate with a 1.5 dCi engine and every option ticked costs £11,630, compared to £11,795 for an entry-level 69bhp 1.4 diesel Fiesta in Studio trim.