Dacia’s Sandero will officially retain its crown as Britain’s cheapest new car.
Prices and specifications for the budget-friendly supermini have today been announced, with the entry-level Access version ringing in at £7,995.
While this is a £1,000 hike on the previous-generation car – which is much celebrated for offering no-frills motoring – the revised Sandero continues to prop up the market as the most affordable new motor you can buy in UK showrooms.
Britain’s most affordable new car: The heavily revised Dacia Sandero is £1,000 more expensive than before but retains its crown as the nation’s least expensive model
The third-generation Sandero is available to pre-order online from today.
Buyers can place a deposit of £99 via an online portal, and by doing so will also get three years’ free servicing – which would usually cost £399.
This is on top of Dacia’s range-wide three-year/60,000 mile warranty.
First deliveries of orders placed on the portal are expected to arrive around April next year.
As has been the case since the brand was launched in the UK in 2013, the ‘Access’ specification is the cheapest priced.
It will start from £7,995 – a full £1,000 more than the outgoing car – though is far better equipped than before.
Prices for the entry-spec Access model start from £7,995, with buyers getting more equipment than before
It has LED headlights, 15-inch steel wheels and front electric windows as standard but keeps costs low by having few creature comforts, such as limited steering wheel adjustment and a basic key to unlock and start the car
This is the inside of the top-of-the-range Comfort version, starting from £11,595. It gets an 8-inch infotainment screen and integrated sat-nav
It has LED headlights, 15-inch steel wheels and front electric windows as standard but keeps costs low by having few of the creature comforts you’d usually expect from new vehicles, such as limited steering wheel adjustment and a basic key to unlock and start the car.
While there’s no infotainment screen in the dashboard, there is a smartphone-docking station. By using a dedicated app, owners can access the integrated controls for the radio and other settings.
Dacia’s mid-range ‘Essential’ specification starts from £8,995 and adds plastic wheel covers, body-coloured bumpers and remote central locking.
Interior additions include an adjustable steering column, manual air-conditioning, a USB port and a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity.
The highest trim level is ‘Comfort’, which will cost from £11,595.
This version gets alloy wheels, colour-matching and electrically-adjustable wing mirrors and keyless entry.
There is also an eight-inch infotainment screen and integrated sat-nav on top of parking sensors and a reversing camera for extra convenience.
As for the SUV-inspired Sandero Stepway – which is front-wheel drive only – it gets a 41mm lofted ride height, chunkier body panels, 16-inch wheels, roof bars and metal skidplates built into the front and rear bumpers
There’s no Access version for Stepway, so prices start from £10,995 for the entry-level Stepway Essential
The range-topping Dacia Sandero Stepway Comfort begins from £12,595
Customers will also be able to choose a host of extra comfort and practicality options, including heated front seats, automatic air conditioning, a remote boot release, power sunroof, electronic parking brake instead of a manual handbrake (see our separate report on the death of the mechanical handbrake in new cars) and automatic windscreen wipers.
Safety also gets a boost with emergency brake assistance, blind-spot monitoring, parking assistance and hill-start assistance all available in the new cars.
As for the SUV-inspired Sandero Stepway – which is front-wheel drive only – it gets a 41mm lofted ride height, chunkier body panels, 16-inch wheels, roof bars and metal skidplates built into the front and rear bumpers.
There’s no Access version for Stepway, so prices start from £10,995 for the entry-level Stepway Essential. The range-topping Stepway Comfort begins from £12,595.
Dacia says the new Sandero will be ‘ simple, spacious, reliable and robust vehicles with no unnecessary frills, at the most competitive price’
The latest images show a visibly longer and more svelte Sandero than the one that’s currently on sale (right)
New Dacia Sandero gets a stylish new look
Dacia says the new third-generation Sandero and jacked-up Sandero Stepway crossover will be ‘simple, spacious, reliable and robust vehicles with no unnecessary frills, at the most competitive price’.
While the price is higher, there’s no arguing that the new Sandero is a significantly more handsome car than before.
It gets a wider track (the distance between the two front wheels and two rear wheels) to give it a sportier, more squat, look.
Round the back, a high rear window line, wrap-around rear light clusters and chunkier bumper also gives it a bulkier appearance.
Squint, and you could easily mistake the new Sandero for a Volkswagen Polo, which costs £9,000 more than the Dacia.
A higher rear window line, swooping side windows, wrap-around rear light cluster and bulkier bumper shape combine for a far better looking model than the Sandero superminis we’ve seen before
Higher-spec versions get this eight-inch touchscreen system and an all-round improved dashboard layout
A switch to the latest platform means extra room for occupants, with improvements to shoulder and elbow room for front passengers and an additional 4cm of legroom for those sat in the back
With both Dacia models now switching to the Clio platform, the driving dynamics should be much improved over the dated previous-generation cars.
Reduction in weight, more up-to-date safety levels and better ride quality should mean an all-round better quality from the budget-friendly superminis.
As well as mechanical advances, the switch to the latest chassis platform means extra room for occupants, with improvements to shoulder and elbow room for front passengers and an additional 4cm of legroom for those sat in the back.
Boot capacity is also increased by 18 litres to 328 litres in total.
There will be a choice of engines, with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder powerplant with 64bhp mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, badged as the entry SCe 65.
It has a 0-to-62mph time of 16.7 seconds and a top speed of 98mph.
A more potent turbocharged version of the 1.0-litre motor, called the TCe 90, has an output of 89bhp. It will be linked to a choice of manual gearbox or new CVT automatic transmission.
With the manual transmission, the 0-to-62mph time is trimmed to 11.7 seconds and top speed extended to 111mph.
Both the SCe65 and TCe90 should return in the region of 53.3mpg.
Dacia will also continue to offer a Bi-Fuel LPG option in Britain, as it has done since the start of 2020. This is the most potent powerplant with 99bhp.
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