The coolest car in the world is a dark blue Dacia Sandero, on steel wheels, with a slightly aerodynamic Thule roof rack. I don’t say this finger-combing a lustrous hipster beard and loading my fixed-gear wooden bicycle into the back, because this isn’t some furiously anti-cool style statement. It’s the truth. It’s not because it’s fast – our little companion has 89bhp from a sub-litre triple cylinder engine – or expensive, because you can buy a base Sandero for £5,995, making it the UK’s cheapest new car. On finance, a bottom-rung Sandero costs less than some of the more comprehensive Sky Sports TV packages. It’s not because it’s pretty or cutting-edge or handles like a Lotus. It is because it is here, now. And it’s a vector for adventure. My theory is that the coolest car in the world is the one in your possession. After all, you can go mental in a rental, and a Lamborghini you can’t drive is just a pretty sculpture.
Photography: Justin Leighton
This feature was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine