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No need to break the bank with the Dacia Sandero

Dacia SanderoThe Dacia Sandero is a quality supermini which will be launching for a bargain-basement price compared to its market rivals.

When it rolls off the production line at the beginning of 2013, the Sandero is set to be slapped with a price tag of sub-£7,000 – a figure that is significantly lower than the asking prices for the car's rivals the Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo and the Peugeot 208.

However, the low sum does not mean that quality of products and a raft of luxurious features have been held back. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.

The Dacia Sandero, which is around the same size as a Ford Fiesta, is aimed with practicality at heart. For starters, drivers who open the boot of this Romanian manufacturer's flash vehicle will find 320-litres of space available for storage.

To put this into comparison, the boot space of the Fiesta is 25 litres shy of the Sandero's offering. What's more, fold down the 60/40 split rear seat and the capacity jumps to a staggering 1,200 litres – more than 200 litres over the benchmark for the supermini class.

Head away from the interior of the car and take a step back and petrolheads should notice another striking feature of the Dacia Sandero.

Dacia Sandero backThis is that the car showcases the Romanian manufacturer's new design language, in which the firm is aiming to launch its budget brand further upmarket in the vehicle market.

Such a philosophy is on display all around the Sandero's exterior, from its fresh, larger grill that comes complete with prominent strakes to the angular headlights that glare at everything the car approaches.

Keep on walking around the new Sandero and drivers will also come across prominent wheelarches and sills, which just continue to add to the vehicle's upmarket and sleek design.

The power specifications of the Dacia Sandero will surely catch the eye of petrolheads as well.

Helping the vehicle along the road will be either Renault's three-cylinder TCe 90, which comes in the form of a 0.9-litre 89bhp turbocharged engine, a 1.2-litre petrol four cylinder alternative, which boasts 74bhp, or a 1.5-litre 88bhp diesel motor.

All three engine choices are designed to enhance both efficiency and emissions – thus making the car environmentally friendly – while ensuring that power is never compromised in the process.

Dacia Sandero InteriorBritish motorists interested in getting their hands on the keys to the Dacia Sandero can choose between the Dacia Sandero hatch and the Sandero Stepway crossover, the Romanian car maker revealed at the Paris Motor Show earlier this week. A Logan model completes the product range, but this is not set to reach UK shores.

Both British-bound models are based on the same platform, however, the Stepway crossover rides 40mm higher than the hatch variety and is designed with a mini-4×4 styling feature. This latter specification finishes the car's exterior off with fog lamps, two-tone roof bars and front and rear skid plates.

The Dacia Sandero hatch will be the first of the two models to launch, hitting UK roads later this month, before the Stepway crossover makes its public introduction in spring 2013.


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