Dacia Sandero hatchback: comfortable, spacious and cheap

What the motoring press is saying about Dacia Sandero hatchback

LAST UPDATED AT 10:23 ON Thu 10 Jan 2013

Price: £5,995 - £9,795

Pros: Low prices, fuel-efficient engines, large boot

Cons: Plain design, poor body control, lack of badge appeal

4.1/5, Carbuyer
"The Dacia Sandero is the cheapest new car on sale in the UK, but don’t dismiss it yet. Dacia is a budget sub-brand of Renault that's already made its mark in Europe, and the Sandero, along with the more rugged Sandero Stepway and Duster SUV, are looking to do the same in the UK. Despite being the size of a Ford Fiesta or a Renault Clio, it's actually priced at the same level as smaller, cheaper city cars. Base-spec models do without air-con, electric windows and a stereo, but top-spec models are well equipped and there's the even the option to add sat-nav and leather seats. There's a good choice of engines too, including a 1.2-litre four-cylinder and 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrols, plus a 1.5 dCi diesel with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions."

4/5, Auto Express
"Even in top-spec trim and with sat-nav fitted, the Sandero costs around £800 less than the cheapest Ford Fiesta, which is gob-smacking value for money. But it's not all about the rock-bottom price tag - interior quality is better than expected and the way it drives is calm, quiet and composed, too, so long as you don’t push it too hard. Factor in rear seats and a boot that's among the most spacious in the supermini class, and the Sandero is an accomplished new car, for the price of a used one."

4/5, What Car?
"The Dacia Sandero isn't faultless; there's evidence of cost-cutting measures throughout, but that's hardly surprising when you consider that the mid-spec 0.9 TCe model costs £3100 less than the cheapest five-door Ford Fiesta. What's even more astonishing is that the Sandero isn't worth recommending on price alone. It's pleasant to drive, easy to see out of and doesn't feel as low-rent inside as you might expect. The Sandero is an endearing and well-rounded package that requires fewer compromises than expected given the incredibly low price."

3.5/5, Parker's
"This new model replaces the current car after only four years on sale in Europe, and it will be aimed at the budget end of the market. Like the Dacia Duster 4x4 it will also be built in Romania but its main rivals will be Ford’s Fiesta, Vauxhall’s Corsa and the Kia Rio. Its ace up the sleeve, however, is its competitive price - designed to turn heads of those looking for a supermini that won't break the bank." · 

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