Top Gear's big budget car track test
Stig hammers the Sandero, Citigo and i10 on a rallycross course. Will any survive?
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Dacia is also the new Skoda. Clever brand realignment and crumbling prejudices have helped push VW's Czech wing upmarket, allowing Renault's Romanian sub-brand to fill the space. Popular in the developing world, Dacias have to not fall apart on the bits of sub-Saharan Africa where there still aren't proper roads. The Skoda Citigo has to hold its own outside a Notting Hill deli. A rebadged version of VW's Up, it's solid, packed with active safety stuff, and has a roomy and cleverly designed cabin, with all the touchpoints a generation of smartphone users look for. You're meant to actively want this car, regardless of age, social status or whether you're standing at an airport rental desk trapped in insurance small-print hell. Citigo prices start at £7,990, and, while it's no Audi, there are lots of ‘funky' options. A bifocal windscreen isn't among them.
Rounding out this year's Nan Prix grid is TopGear's reigning Bargain of the Year, the Hyundai i10. Crisp design and quantum leaps in quality have vaulted the South Koreans past industry staples like Renault and Honda, but the real doozy here is the i10's big-car levels of refinement. It's a city car that doesn't punish your parsimony the moment you hit the motorway. Prices start at £8,345.