At £5,995 ($7,347), the Dacia Sandero still is the cheapest new vehicle money can ...
At £5,995 ($7,347), the Dacia Sandero still is the cheapest new vehicle money can buy in the UK, and that’s the massive selling point.
However, since it competes against the likes of the more expensive Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, can it pose the threat to them?
Depending on what one is looking for when choosing the new car, the answer could be yes, especially if the budget is limited. There are the few drawbacks, as WhatCar learned in their test drive, such as a bad soundproofing and the body roll.
Moreover, the cheap plastics found inside, along with a Spartan equipment offered on the entry-level version, which doesn’t even get the radio, are factors worth looking into, if you don’t want to pay at least $11,024 for the Laureate range-topping model, which adds the 7-inch infotainment, with sat-nav, among others.
Choosing one of the three engines that are available for the Sandero can prove to be tricky as well, as a new 1.0-liter unit, with 74 horses, feels underpowered on the highway, and 1.5-liter diesel, producing 89 horsepower, is quite noisy. That means that you’re left with the 89 horsepower 0.9-liter turbo petrol burner.
There are some areas where the five-door hatch shines, such as a good front and rear legroom, plenty of storage spaces, and the decently-sized boot. Add the fact that it’ll cost you less than any other new car in the first three years, and it could be the decent choise.
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