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Dacia Sandero: the best value car on the market?

Quite possibly the best value car on the market. The Dacia Sandero is much more than just a budget option, says Andrew Frankel

Dacia Sandero Access

This model from £5,995

Britain’s cheapest car makes an exceptionally tempting proposition for first-time buyers. The price speaks for itself, but its real appeal lies in the fact that it buys a decent-sized hatchback with very respectable room in both the back and the boot. Moreover, you need not worry about it breaking down on the way home: underneath the skin the important bits are all made by its parents: the Renault/Nissan Alliance.

There are some catches: the style-vacuum design, the minimal equipment levels of the base model (even the radio is extra), an expensive tax disc thanks to high CO2 and only four air bags as standard – but in terms of metal for your money, it is still Britain’s biggest bargain, and by a mile.

Performance

  • Engine: 1149cc, 75bhp
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Top speed: 99mph
  • 0-60mph acceleration: 14.5sec

Costs

  • Claimed economy: 57.6mpg
  • Insurance Group: 1 (1=low, 50=high

RAC Drive Verdict

Practicality
4 / 5
Affordability
5 / 5
Safety
4 / 5
Fun
1.5 / 5