New £8k Da­cia San­dero vs Ka+

Da­cia has up­dated its bud­get small car, and it faces a strong new five-door ri­val from Ford

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SINCE its re­turn to the UK mar­ket nearly five years ago, Da­cia has proven a sur­prise hit.

The brand’s blend of value pric­ing and a no-non­sense buy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence has won it a whole le­gion of fans, while mod­els such as the San­dero have served up new car peace of mind at used car prices. How­ever, even Da­cia knows it needs more than low costs to keep buy­ers in­ter­ested, so it has treated its en­try-level model to a mid-life re­fresh.

Tweaked looks, re­vised en­gines and ex­tra kit aim to boost the San­dero’s show­room ap­peal, but cru­cially, the val­ue­for-money pric­ing re­mains un­changed. Has Da­cia’s new San­dero done enough to top­ple the tal­ented new Ford Ka+?

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