Da­cia San­dero re­tains crown for fifth year

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

THE Da­cia San­dero has been named ‘Best Small Car for less than £12,000’ for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year by What Car? at an awards cer­e­mony held in London.

The San­dero first picked up the award in 2013, fol­low­ing Da­cia’s en­trance into the UK car mar­ket, and again in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Hav­ing un­der­gone a se­ries of re­cent up­dates for the 2017 model year, the su­per­mini has taken the hon­ours once more, un­der­lin­ing its abil­ity to pro­vide a class-lead­ing mix of prac­ti­cal­ity, com­fort and low run­ning costs. Its shock­ingly af­ford­able £5,995 price tag is just half the amount of the cat­e­gory it com­petes in.

Steve Huntingford, edi­tor of What Car?, said: “You won’t find this much space for so lit­tle in any other new car. A re­cent facelift brought an up­dated, higher qual­ity in­te­rior.

“The San­dero also feels bet­ter to drive: the han­dling is tidy enough and the ride is sur­pris­ingly comfy for such a cheap car. You can buy a San­dero for less than £6,000, but we rec­om­mend spend­ing a lit­tle more to get mid-range Am­biance trim.

This adds niceties such as air con­di­tion­ing, cen­tral lock­ing, elec­tric front win­dows, a DAB ra­dio and Blue­tooth.

“It also re­places the stan­dard black plas­tic bumpers with body-coloured ones that look a lot smarter.

“At this price point, only the Ford Ka+ comes close and al­though that’s bet­ter to drive, the San­dero is more prac­ti­cal and a fair bit cheaper.”

Louise O’Sul­li­van, head of Da­cia UK, said: “We’re de­lighted that the San­dero has been recog­nised by the judges at What Car? for a fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

“The New San­dero of­fers cus­tomers even more value for money, with up­grades to the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior as well as an en­hanced level of equip­ment while re­main­ing the most af­ford­able new car in the UK.”

The Da­cia San­dero is a five-door hatch­back, avail­able in three trim lev­els with a choice of two petrol en­gines and one diesel en­gine. Pric­ing starts from £5,995, mak­ing it the low­est priced new car on sale in the UK to­day.

The new in­te­rior and ex­te­rior up­grades for 2017 pro­vide a more el­e­gant and con­tem­po­rary fin­ish while pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional value and prac­ti­cal­ity.

The Am­biance ver­sion cho­sen by What Car? now comes with more fea­tures as stan­dard such as air con­di­tion­ing and DAB ra­dio. It is the most af­ford­able car on sale in the UK, with air con­di­tion­ing as stan­dard.

This is in ad­di­tion to Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, elec­tric win­dows and re­mote cen­tral lock­ing. The new SCe 75 1.0-litre en­gine pro­duces the same power as the out­go­ing 1.2-litre but de­liv­ers up to 10% more ef­fi­ciency.

The brand con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength, with 26,499 new ve­hi­cles sold last year – the best-ever year of sales in the UK.

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