I HAD my first chance recently to drive the remarkable Dacia Sandero, one of the least expensive cars on the
I HAD my first chance recently to drive the remarkable Dacia Sandero, one of the least expensive cars on the market.
I expected the car to show signs of just how it can be brought to market for so little money (prices start at £5,995) but like many other motoring journalists, a first drive of the Sandero was, to say the least, impressive.
The Dacia Sandero feels like a much more expensive car and drives like one, too. True, it is unfussy and does not come with many frills attached but overall this is a car that lives up to its reputation for being great value for money.
The 1.2 16V 75 petrol engine, available across the range, has a track record as one of the Renault Group’s most reliable units. It delivers 47.9mpg (combined cycle) with CO2 emissions of 135g/km.
Originally, Dacia in Romania built several Renault cars under licence, but was eventually bought by Renault in 1999.
Dacia’s first model for Renault was the Logan saloon, launched in Paris in 2004. It was Europe’s lowest priced car costing 5,000 euros.
Such was the demand for the car in Europe that the UK and Ireland have had to wait for a right-hand drive version. From mid-2012, this became possible through production of the car in India.
Dacia Duster and Sandero models are available in the UK now with the Sandero Stepway supermini crossover set to follow in May.
The Dacia Sandero, costing from £5,995, is a practical, five-door supermini for the price of a mid-range, or lower, city car.
In the case of Access and several Ambiance models, there is virtually no competition, other than used cars. For Duster, starting at £8,995, it means a family-sized SUV for less than a decent spec city car.
I will be reporting in more detail on the Dacia models at a later date.