Renault offshoot Dacia has made a name for itself by selling the cheapest new car in the UK – the Sandero small hatchback has a starting price of £5995.
The brand’s prices were said to be so low that no discounts would be offered on new cars. However, our Target Price discount for the cheapest Sandero 1.0 Access is £5930 – a saving of 1.1% or £65 on its recommended retail price.
We’ve also spotted dealers offering up to 1.7% off the same car, taking its price down to £5891 as a cash purchase.
If you’re buying on a PCP deal instead, like many car manufacturers, Dacia is offering a contribution towards the deposit on a new car.
It’ll provide £400 towards the cost of a new Sandero Ambience 75 TCe, which after a customer deposit of £1361, takes the monthly payments on a four-year deal down to £89.
Ambience trim isn’t lavish, but it does add aircon and a digital radio to the entry-level Access trim.
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What's the best new small car - and which should you avoid?
10. Honda Jazz
The Honda Jazz has long bridged the gap between small cars and mini-MPVs, and the latest version continues that tradition. It offers class-leading space and practicality and should outlast you with its outstanding reliability. It's just a shame the ride is rather unsettled.
Our pick: 1.3 i-VTEC SE
9. Renault Clio
The Renault Clio is an established name in the small car world, and it's still a popular choice in the UK. There's plenty of scope to personalise this stylish hatchback, and while it's a little bit behind rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo when it comes to engine quietness, the diesel engine recommended here is a real delight. The interior is reasonably spacious, too, even if some of the fixtures and fittings feel a little cheap.
Our pick: 1.5 dCi 90 Dynamique Media Nav
8. Audi A1
The Audi A1 is the classiest of all the small cars, with a high-quality interior that's pure Audi on a small scale. It has a strong range of engines in its line-up and offers an enjoyable drive. Go for the five-door Sportback version and there's room for two adults to sit reasonably comfortably in the back, too, although there are still more practical choices.
Our pick: 1.4 TFSI 125 Sport
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