Dacia Sandero Priced From Under £6000
(Wednesday 17 October 2012)
Dacia has confirmed that its Sandero five-door hatchback will be priced from the startlingly low sum of £5995.
For that amount you get the entry-level Access with a 75bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. As with the cheapest Duster SUV, it isn't fitted with a radio (though there's pre-wiring to let you fit an aftermarket one) and it has steel wheels, but it does come with a split-folding rear seat, Electronic Stability Control, traction control, daytime running lights, front and side airbags and ISOFIX mountings on the outer rear seats.
Next up is the Ambiance, which costs from £600 more and features a radio/CD player with fingertip controls, USB and AUX inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, remote central locking, electric front windows, wheel trims, body-coloured bumpers and some interior chrome trim.
The most expensive version, but predicted to be the most popular among UK buyers, is the Laureate. Fitted as standard with air-conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, cruise control and all-round electric windows, it's priced from £7995.
The Laureate also has the option of a navigation and multimedia system with a 7" touchscreen for an extra £250.
Unlike the Access, which is being sold only with the 1.2 petrol engine, the Ambiance and Laureate are also being offered with a smaller but at 90bhp more powerful 0.9-litre turbo petrol unit and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel also producing 90bhp.
These engines add £800 and £1800 respectively to the price of the Sandero. The diesel Laureate therefore costs £9795, which is about the entry price of the UK's most popular hatchbacks.
Although they're the most expensive, the diesels will also be cheapest to run. Combined fuel economy on the EU test is 74.3mpg, and the 99g/km CO2 rating makes them exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the London congestion charge.
On top of all this, the Sandero has a notable amount of luggage space. 320 litres with the rear seats in place and 1200 litres when they're folded put it well ahead of the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa, and a little ahead of the famously roomy Skoda Fabia.
Dacia dealers will be able to take orders from October 22, and first customer deliveries are scheduled for January.