The Dacia Sandero will be launched in the UK this January. With a price tag of £5995, it’s easily the cheapest car currently available in the country. Set to rival the Ford Fiesta, the Sandero will be added to the Dacia lineup for the UK launch, joining the £8995 Duster SUV. The Sandero is priced low but it won’t hold back on technology or equipment.
It is powered by an engine from the new Renault Clio range and will feature the newest 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol. Meanwhile, the base £5995 Sandero Access model is offered just with a normally aspirated 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. Inside its kit, we found black bumpers and 15-inch steel wheels. The Ambiance trim consists of upgrades that are worth an additional £800.
These upgrades include body-coloured bumpers, remote central locking, electric front windows and Bluetooth connectivity. The Ambiance trim is offered on the Clio 4\\\'s 89bhp 0.9-litre petrol engine (at £7595) and the newest 89bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine (at £8595). The range-topping Laureate trim is priced £1100 higher than Ambiance and is available with all three engine options.
The extra kit features air-con, cruise control and front fog lights. Buyers can choose metallic paint for their Ambiance and Laureate models, an option that costs £475. Asking for 15-inch alloy wheels adds £425 to the total cost.
For the Laureate models, customers can ask for rear parking sensors (at £175), sat-nav (at £175), leather seats (at £600) and a front centre armrest (at £90). When all options are ticked, a range-topping Sandero Laureate with a 1.5 dCi engine costs £11,630. On the other hand, an entry-level 69bhp 1.4 diesel Fiesta in Studio trim costs £11,795.
The three new models of the Dacia, which include the Logan, Sandero, and the Sandero Stepway, all show generous dimensions for both the exterior the interior. In the Sandero for example, the elbow room in the rear offers 1,436 mm. This allows enough space not only for three adult passengers to sit in comfort but even to install three child seats.
Boot volume is better as well with the Sandero having 320 dm3 VDA and the Logan going as large as 510 dm3 VDA. Given how compact the dimensions of the exterior are and the price, it continues to be unbeatable. Versatility and practicality remain to be present as well especially with the rear bench allowing for a 60/40 split-fold.
Going to the cabin, it has been enhanced so that occupants will have more options for storage. One such addition is the cubby box in the center. These are placed on both the front doors and the rear doors. The storage space is large enough to put in a 1.5-liter bottle for the front and a half liter bottle for the rear. To make sure that the models would allow customization, the brand is offering a wide range of accessories that can be used on a daily basis.
These include the boot nets, headrest hangers, floor mats, and even side mouldings. For those who like to go out of town during holidays, or even weekends, it becomes easy to store items due to the bike rack, portable coolbox, roof box, towing hook, and ski rack. Those who want to show more personalization can opt to have the fog lights surrounds, exclusive wheel rims, and even decal strips.
Safety has not been forgotten as engineers at Renault made full use of their knowledge in safety to make sure that the three new models would be able to deliver the maximum protection for passengers. The seatbelts for instance have been fitted with calibrated load limiters in order to better protect the thorax in case an impact cannot be avoided.
In addition, the three new models will also have Isofix anchorage points for the two lateral seats in the rear. With this, installing child seats is truly 100% safe and at the same time easy. Further, the brand said that each trim will have airbags on the front and the side of the driver as standard. Standard as well are the airbags for the passenger and ESC.