Da­cia fi­nally hikes San­dero’s price... to £7k


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THE Da­cia San­dero is still Bri­tain’s cheap­est car – just – af­ter the maker in­creased the price of the en­try-level Ac­cess by 16.7 per cent, or £1,000. That takes the hatch from £5,995 to £6,995, de­spite an un­changed spec.

Since it went on sale in 2013, the San­dero’s £5,995 head­line fig­ure has been un­af­fected by in­fla­tion, tax changes and in­dus­try-wide list price hikes. But due to re­cent up­dates to Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty and other ex­ter­nal fac­tors, bosses have de­cided it’s no longer fea­si­ble to sell the bar­gain model for such a low price.

Re­gard­less, the San­dero still costs £500 less than a Suzuki Cele­rio, and is sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than a Ford Fi­esta, SEAT Ibiza or Vaux­hall Corsa. If you want a car that can com­pete with the San­dero on space, you’ll need to step up to an MG3, which costs from £8,695.

Most other mod­els in the range see a mod­est price in­crease. The ba­sic SCE 75 en­gine in mid-spec Am­bi­ence trim is now just £800 more than the en­try car (com­pared with £1,400 pre­vi­ously), while the pop­u­lar turbo petrol TCE 90 ver­sion com­mands a fur­ther £800.

Am­bi­ence mod­els (right) get air-con, DAB ra­dio and body-coloured trim. Top­spec Lau­réate cars boast a touch­screen sat-nav and park­ing sen­sors, with the dci 90 ver­sion see­ing a £400 jump.

The car re­mains keenly priced on fi­nance. Put down a £1,367 de­posit and Da­cia will con­trib­ute £250, which means a San­dero Ac­cess can be yours for £89 per month.

“Due to re­cent VED up­dates and other fac­tors, Da­cia says it can no longer sell San­dero at such a low price”

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