> UK’s cheapest new car
> Entry-level Access trim axed
> Petrol and Bi-fuel options
> 328-litre boot
> Priced from £9,845
The first Dacia Sandero was all business, in that function rules form. This all-new model retains much of that ethos, but there’s certainly a bit more design flair at play here. The hatchback has a more modern and grown-up aesthetic.
While remaining the UK’s cheapest new car, there are still good visual options such as an array of alloy wheel designs and colours dependant upon trim. Entry-level Access trim has been axed from the UK, meaning the starting price for a Sandero has increased. Access was a very basic model with contrasting bumpers, steel wheels, and could only be had in white.
The Dacia Sandero is a rather practical machine, offering occupants good levels of space and some handy storage elements. Material quality is better than its predecessor, and the dashboard is considerably more sculpted to form a mature design.
Access trim is off the menu, but Essential includes good levels of equipment such as Bluetooth, air-conditioning, DAB radio, and cruise control. Top-spec Comfort cars get additional luxuries like keyless entry and an 8-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
This Dacia Sandero only comes as a practical five-door hatchback. The rear bench seats three with good levels of legroom – 42mm more than the outgoing model. Middle passengers do have to deal with a small transmission hump, though.
Boot space is generous with its 328-litres of volume making it amongst the most cavernous in the class. There is a bit of a load lip to overcome when lumbering heavy items, but it is less of an issue than on rivals such as the Citroen C3.
If you’re after diesel power, the Sandero isn’t your car. Much like the rest of the class, small diesel cars have fallen out of favour, with a series of petrol options being offered instead. Before we get onto those, there’s an intriguing 99bhp bi-fuel option that takes both LPG and petrol.
The regular petrol range features an 89bhp three-cylinder engine – available with a manual or CVT. There’s a lower-powered SCe 65 that serves as an entry point for powertrains.
While the starting price for the Dacia Sandero has risen to £9,845 it remains the UK’s cheapest new car. If you want something a little plusher than Essential trim, comfort begins at £11,445. This hatchback still represents excellent value for money.
If you’re looking for a Sandero with more of an SUV influence, the higher-riding Sandero Stepway is priced from £11,945.