Dacia Sandero remains Britain’s cheapest car despite £1k price increase
The Dacia Sandero is still Britain’s cheapest car, despite a sizeable £1,000 (16.7 per cent) price increase for the entry-level Access model. That premium sees the basic Sandero jump from £5,995 to £6,995, despite its unchanged spec sheet.
On sale since 2013, the Sandero’s £5,995 headline figure has been unaffected by inflation, tax changes and list price hikes. However, due to recent VED tweaks and other external factors, bosses have decided it is no longer feasible to sell the bargain supermini for such a low price.
Regardless, the Sandero is still more than £500 cheaper than a Suzuki Celerio, and significantly less expensive than a Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza or Vauxhall Corsa. If you want a car that can compete with the Sandero on space, you’ll need to step up to the pricier MG3, which costs from £8,695.
The good news is that the Sandero’s inflated price is only applicable to the Access variant. All other Sandero models are priced as before, meaning the best selling Ambience version is now just £800 more than the entry car. For that modest premium you benefit from standard-fit air conditioning, a DAB radio and body coloured trim. For £1,200 more, the Sandero Laureate boasts a touchscreen sat-nav and parking sensors.
Look at the finance deals and the Sandero is even more affordable. With a £1,367 deposit (and a £250 Dacia deposit contribution), you can drive away in a Sandero Access for £89 per month.
The engine line-up is unaffected, comprising two petrols and a diesel. The most economical version is the dCi 90, which claims 80.7mpg.
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