Dacia, Renault’s Romanian budget car brand, has revealed the UK pricing of its new Sandero supermini.
Instantly becoming the cheapest new car available in buy in the UK, the five-door hatchback is priced from just £5,995 on the road. Available to order from the end of October, first customer deliveries are expected in February 2013.
Utilising the existing Renault dealership network, Dacia is launching both the Sandero and its budget SUV the Duster in January, with the brand promising an intoxicating mix of value for money, reliable and style.
Available in a choice of three trims and three engines, the entry level option is the Access which comes with that incredible low price, just don’t expect too many luxuries. Available in white, with contrasting black bumpers, handles and mirrors, you get ABS, ESC, ISOFIX, and ASR traction control, but don’t get speakers or a CD/Radio. Running on 15-inch steel wheels, there are daytime running lights, and 60/40 split rear seats.
For only £600 more, Ambiance adds a CD/Radio player, USB and AUX input, Bluetooth, remote central locking, electric front windows, body coloured bumpers and 15-inch wheel trims. Befitting its name, trading up to this version also brings with it some plush interior touches such as chrome surrounds for the air vents, instrument dials and steering wheel logo.
Sitting at the top of the pile is the Lauréate, which Dacia predicts will make-up the lion’s share of sales. With air conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, cruise control and electric rear windows as standard. There’s even an optional fully-integrated 7-inch touchscreen navigation and multimedia system for just £250. Completing the look are 15-inch ‘Kalahari’ wheel trims, chrome front grille, and body-coloured mirrors and handles.
With a choice of three engines, the pick is the Renault family’s 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel unit, which pulls the Sandero under the 100g/km threshold, making it VED band ‘A’. Available on both the Ambience and Lauréate trims, the eco-engine emits 99g/km of CO2 and is good for 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. An alternate option is the pint-sized 0.9-litre TCe 90 petrol engine, with emissions of 120g/km and fuel economy of 54.3mpg. Completing the launch line-up is the 1.2 16V 75, one of the Renault Group's most tried and tested engines, with a CO2 output of 137g/km and fuel economy of 47.9mpg it struggles to compete with its more frugal siblings. The two top engines also boast gearshift indicators and an ECO mode to limit engine torque.
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