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New Dacia Sandero vs used Volkswagen Polo: verdict

The Sandero is Britain's cheapest new car, and gives you a huge amount for your money, but would you be better off spending a similar amount on a three-year-old Polo?...

New Dacia Sandero vs used Volkswagen Polo

Our verdict

Go for a new Dacia Sandero, and you'll not only spend less up front, but get the reassurance of a standard warranty and Dacia's superior reliability record. It's the easier option, but not necessarily the better deal.

Why? Well, because the Polo has the edge in most other respects, and a significant advantage when it comes to safety. For us that makes it the winner.

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1st – Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo front

For More enjoyable to drive; more composed ride; quieter engine; plusher interior
Against Costs more to buy; reliability record isn't great

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero front driving

For Tempting price; roomier rear seating; new-car warranty; should be dependable
Against Poor safety rating; less refined

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Dacia Sandero 1.0TCe 90 Comfort

Power: 89bhp
0-62mph: 11.0sec
Top speed: 111mph
Fuel economy: 53.3mpg (WLTP official)
CO2 emissions: 120g/km

Used Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Power: 94bhp
0-62mph: 10.2sec
Top speed: 116mph
Fuel economy: 50.4mpg (WLTP official)
CO2 emissions: 101g/km

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