£5995 price for Dacia Sandero
Dacia's five-door Ford Fiesta rival will undercut other budget models such as the £6999 Perodua Myvi and the Suzuki Alto, which costs from £7195. The Sandero offers more space than the Alto, and more kerb appeal than the Perodua.
The Sandero comes with three engine options; two petrols and a diesel. The entry-level version has a 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol that's claimed to average 47.9mpg.
The 89bhp 0.9-litre petrol engine is available from £7395, with average economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 120g/km. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is the most economical of all at 74.3mpg, and has CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
Entry-level Access cars come with the 1.2-litre petrol engine. Standard equipment is pretty sparse; all of the windows are manually operated, the front passenger doesn’t get a grab handle, and there’s no central locking or stereo system. Buyers don't even get coloured bumpers and white is the only paint available.
The Dacia Sandero costs from just £5995
Ambiance trim opens up the entire engine range, and if you stick with the 1.2 petrol then the spec upgrade is considerable for the extra £600 (it starts at £6595). You get body-coloured bumpers, remote central locking, lamps in the glovebox and boot, Bluetooth and a radio/CD that can play MP3s via a USB socket (there are only front speakers, mind you). Air-conditioning is not included, or offered as an option.
Many parts are shared with the outgoing Renault Clio, but there's also technology from the 2013 model
Range-topping Laureate trim starts at £7995 and rises to £9795 when combined with the diesel engine. It gets air-con, electric front and rear windows, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-speaker stereo, cruise control, speed limiter and a trip computer.
Engines include a new 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol from the next Clio
The options list is pretty simple (or non-existent, when it comes to the Access spec). Ambiance and Laureate models can be specced with 15-inch alloy wheels (£425) and metallic paint (£470), while rear parking sensors (£250), a seven-inch touch-screen sat-nav system (£250), leather seats (£600) and a front centre armrest (£90) are available for the top-spec model.
Cheaper versions will get basic kit
Dacia will offer a couple of option packs across all three trims. The Protection Pack brings an alarm, rear parking sensors and a boot liner for £395, while the Touring Pack adds a front centre armrest, luggage net and roof bars for £850.
All cars get a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty as standard. Buyers can extend the warranty to five years/60,000 miles (£395) or seven years/100,000 miles (£850).
The Sandero is available to order from October 22, and the first deliveries will reach customers in January 2013.
2013 Dacia Sandero prices
1.2 Access - £5995
1.2 Ambiance - £6595
0.9 TCe Ambiance - £7395
1.5 dCi Ambiance - £8395
1.2 Laureate - £7995
0.9 TCe Laureate - £8795
1.5 dCi Laureate - £9795
By Tom Webster