The Dacia Sandero five-door supermini has, for years, held the title of cheapest new car you can buy in Britain.
For 2019, it retains the honour, with a starting list price of £6,995 for the basic Access trim – but Dacia has honed the rest of the range to offer better value for customers seeking a bargain without shunning every luxury.
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The key new variant is called Essential. Priced from £7,795, it adds just £800 to the price of the entry-level Sandero, but adds on essential extras.
The biggest addition with Essential is air conditioning. It duly claims the title of cheapest new car on sale in Britain with standard air con.
Other extras include electric front windows, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, 15-inch wheels and body-coloured bumpers (yes, the base Sandero retains its ugly black plastic bumpers and trim-less wheels).
Dacia offers the Sandero Essential with the slothful SCe 75 engine, the far superior TCe 90 turbo petrol for £1,000 more, and a somewhat pointless Blue dCi 95 diesel for a whopping £1,600 more.
Only the fact its CO2 dips below 100g/km, and economy of up to 62.7mpg is claimed, works in the new-generation Blue dCi 95 diesel’s favour.
The top-line Sandero is Comfort, priced from £8,795 with the SCe 75 and £9,795 with a TCe 90. Equipment additions include touchscreen MediaNav infotainment with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, rear parking sensors, electric door mirrors and electric rear windows.
Dacia’s related Logan MCV follows a similar grade structure to the Sandero: it’s still Britain’s cheapest new estate car, priced from £8,495.
Ordering for both is open now with Logan MCV deliveries starting in February, and the 2019 Sandero due in the UK from March.
2019 Dacia Sandero prices
- Access SCe 75: £6,995
- Essential SCe 75: £7,795
- Essential TCe 90: £8,795
- Essential Blue dCi 95: £10,395
- Comfort SCe 75: £8,795
- Comfort TCe 90: £9,795
- Comfort Blue dCi 95: £11,395
2019 Dacia Logan MCV prices
- Access SCe 75: £8,495
- Essential SCe 75: £9,295
- Essential TCe 90: £10,295
- Essential Blue dCi 95: £11,895
- Comfort SCe 75: £10,295
- Comfort TCe 90: £11,295
- Comfort Blue dCi 95: £12,895