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The Top Gear car review:Dacia Sandero

Overall verdict
The Sandero is deservedly doing well: a reasonable car for a frankly astonishing price.


The value, just look at the value! It’s also big and surprisingly cheery


Not great for design, quality, or crash safety


What is it?

Nothing more or less than Britain’s cheapest new car. And by a significant margin. The next step up the chain from the £5,995 Dacia Sandero is the much smaller and £1,000 (that’s 17 per cent) more costly Suzuki Celerio. You get a lot for your money with the Sandero. Well, a lot of metal. And a steering wheel. And some wiring for the stereo you’ll have to buy yourself.

Ostensibly a Romanian company, Dacia is in fact a Renault offshoot these days and has been selling cars across Europe for the last decade or more. Britain hasn’t had Dacias until fairly recently due to the conversion costs of right-hand drive, but a new plant in India (also a right-hand drive country) means the economies of scale are now in place.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.5 Blue dCi Comfort 5dr
11.9s 98g/km 80.7 95 £11,390
The cheapest
1.0 SCe Access 5dr
15.1s 116g/km 53.3 73 £6,770
The greenest
1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr
11.8s 90g/km 80.7 90 £10,015
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