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Home » Green Car News » Dacia

New five-door Dacia Sandero from £5,995

20 October 2012

"New five-door Dacia Sandero from £5,995"

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The UK’s most affordable new car? Easily. It’s now possible to buy a brand new five-door Dacia Sandero for £5,995.

From humble beginnings, the Romanian brand has gone from strength to strength since Renault bought it in 1999 and transformed its fortunes. For the last eight years in a row it has been the fastest-growing automotive brand in Europe, rising from under 5,000 sales in 2004 to shifting a mighty 350,000 last year. And the final piece of the jigsaw is the UK. Sadly, in spite of adding ever more factory capacity, Dacia hasn’t been able to produce right-hand-drive cars for us here in the UK. Until now. Its Duster SUV is already off to an impressive start, both in terms of pre-orders and collecting its first national award with Scottish Car of the Year just last week. Now it’s the turn of its supermini sibling to enjoy the limelight before it joins forces with it in Dacia Retailers from January 2013.  

Sandero – UK’s most affordable new car* from £5,995

Kicking off the jaw-droppingly priced Sandero range is the aptly named Access. At £5,995, no other new car comes close for the same combination of price, space and equipment. To get anywhere near it in terms of price for a similarly specified version of the Ford Fiesta, the UK’s current best-selling supermini, you’d have to delve into the archives right back to 1989. Who says everything in life is more expensive these days?

Far from being spartan, the entry-level version offers plenty of features, including 15” steel wheels, power assisted steering, a 60/40 split folding rear seat and even daytime running lights. There’s also pre-wiring for an accessory fit radio and speaker system too, which will be available to buy through official Dacia Retailers.

The top-of-the-range Sandero versions are called Lauréate. Dacia expects up to two thirds of buyers to plump for them. With three available, starting from only £7,995, just £2,000 more than the entry version, it’s not hard to see why.

Trim level Engine CO2
Access 1.2 16V 75 137 47.9 18% £5,995
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75 137 47.9 18% £6,595
  0.9 TCe 90 120 54.3 15% £7,395
  1.5 dCi 90 99 74.3 13% £8.395
Lauréate 1.2 16V 75 137 47.9 18% £7,995
  0.9 TCe 90 120 54.3 15% £8,795
  1.5 dCi 90 99 74.3 13% £9,795

Powering the second model to join the Dacia fray for the brand’s UK launch in January are a choice of three frugal engines. The first, the 1.2 16V 75, one of the Renault Group’s most tried and tested engines, is on offer with every trim level. The even more frugal, yet powerful, TCe 90 and dCi 90, can be had with both Ambiance and Lauréate.

Proving that modern-day motoring can be inexpensive, the four-cylinder 1.2 petrol delivers 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2emissions of 137g/km, enough for road tax band E. That means road tax of only £10 per month.

The second engine for Dacia’s new supermini is the TCe 90. Its new to the brand after debuting in the Renault Clio with the added bonus of Stop&Start technology. In Sandero, the 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit is capable of 109 mph, with fuel economy of 54.3 mpg and CO2emissions of just 120 g/km. That adds up to just £30 in road tax every year, with absolutely zero to pay in the first.

Rounding off the series of modern engines is the new dCi 90. Belying it’s 1.5-litre diesel size, it delivers 74.3 mpg and sub-100 grams of CO2per kilometre emissions. In other words, you don’t owe the taxman a penny when it comes to road fund licence, plus, London drivers will be able to dodge the Congestion Charge.

The two top engines also boast gearshift indicators and an ECO mode to limit engine torque, both to help you eek the most out of your tank – by 10% - and save you valuable pennies at the pumps. They’ll also no doubt help you do your bit for the environment too.

It even comes with a competitive warranty. 3 years/60,000 miles to be exact. And 3 years/60,000 miles free roadside assistance to boot. If you want even more peace of mind, 5 year/60,000 miles and 7 year/100,000 miles upgrades are available, costing just £395 and £850.

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