4.2 out of 5 4.2
Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Cheapest car in Britain a really smart buy

Dacia Sandero Hatchback (21 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
Enlarge 40 photos

At a glance

New price £12,115 - £15,095
Lease from new From £206 p/m View lease deals
Used price £8,140 - £15,385
Used monthly cost From £203 per month
Fuel Economy 39.7 - 53.3 mpg
Road tax cost £165
Insurance group 3 - 11 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Big enough for a family, small enough for cities
  • Well judged interior and quality
  • Cheap prices, talented drive too

CONS

  • Not the last word in refinement
  • Low price can be undercut by rivals on finance
  • Worryingly low Euro NCAP safety score

Dacia Sandero Hatchback rivals

MG Motor UK
MG3
3.2 out of 5 3.2

Written by Tim Pollard on

The Dacia Sandero is famously the cheapest car you can buy in Britain today, if we exclude oddities like the all-electric Citroen Ami and recently discontinued Renault Twizy (vehicles that are barely classified as cars). The Sandero is a small hatchback brimming with talent at a bargain price that your bank balance will enjoy.

Its direct rivals are few and far between; the closest in intent and price being the MG 3 and soon-to-be-retired Mitusbishi Mirage, but to get similar modernity you’d be looking at a Skoda Fabia or Ford Fiesta. These small superminis cost considerably more to buy brand new, underlining the Sandero’s great value.

Historically, Dacia has used older technology from within the Renault group, meaning that development costs were lower, while cheaper materials and spartan equipment kept showroom prices low. Yet the latest Sandero is built on a completely new platform and includes the latest technology on higher-spec models.

Just look at the photos in our Dacia Sandero gallery above: it doesn’t look dated – in fact, it looks bang up-to-date, with sharp LED headlight signatures and bold, assertive wheelarches defining the front view.

The 2022 Dacia Sandero is stocky, squarish and upright – to get the most space out of the compact footprint – but it’s handsome with it, and has a clarity of purpose that many cars seem to be losing as they attempt to be all things to all people.

The Sandero never loses sight of its back-to-basic premise. The range structure is delightfully simple, kicking off with the aptly named Essential model for less than £13k or you can step up to the Expression trim level for £1,000 more. This adds in niceties such as one-touch electric windows, a leather steering wheel, parking camera, automatic lights and an eight-inch digital screen to mirror your smartphone.

It’s a shame that the Sandero has suffered price inflation: at launch two years ago, the bare-bones Access model started at just £7,995. However, Covid, supply-chain issues and global inflation has sent that price spiralling north. Still, a brand-new Dacia is considerably cheaper than many secondhand superminis.

Dacia has also culled some of the engine choices customers used to have: it’s now a simple choice of the more powerful TCe 90 engine with or without automatic transmission. The LPG autogas-powered Sandero Bi-Fuel is no longer offered in the UK market. Dacia says this is a temporary suspension and it might yet be reintroduced in future.

It’s a sign of all the chaos in the UK and global car market. In summer 2022, Dacia was quoting a six-month delivery time on the Sandero hatchback. Our advice? This is a great supermini, with talents running well beyond its modest sticker price.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Dacia Sandero including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it’s like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Dacia Sandero Hatchback rivals

MG Motor UK
MG3
3.2 out of 5 3.2

Other Dacia Sandero models: