What alternatives should I consider to a used Dacia Sandero hatchback?
This is the point where the Dacia Sandero struggles; when you look at the rivals you can buy for similar money, the cost-cutting measures used to make it a cheap new car start to make it a poor-value used purchase.
The ubiquity of the Ford Fiesta means there are thousands available for sale at any given time, which means finding a good one is child’s play. It is widely regarded as one of the best used small cars and is definitely worth the small premium you will have to pay in order to get into one.
The Kia Rio is a reliable alternative that’s quite spacious inside, plus it is much better appointed too. The smallest diesel engine is slow and noisy, but the larger one is preferable, as are the petrol engines.
Then there is the value king in this class, the Vauxhall Corsa. Just like the Ford, you will always be able to find a good one somewhere, and often for less money than the Dacia. For that you get a well-made, classy little car, which might not be the most exciting thing on four wheels, but it is comfortable, better to drive and much quieter on long journey when compared with the Sandero.