Meet the Fiesta-sized hatch for a city car budget: the Dacia Sandero
7 February 2008

Renault is set to launch its budget brand Dacia in the UK market in early 2009, and Autocar’s got an exclusive spyshot of the car it’ll be offering us Brits: this is the Dacia Sandero. The Sandero is a full-sized, four-metre supermini that will be available for the price of a city car. It’ll be built in Romania alongside the rest of the Europe-only Dacia Logan range, sold in selected Renault showrooms, and priced from £6500. Think of it as a Fiesta-sized hatchback yours for £1000 less than the cheapest Ford Ka: this car is to become Renault’s new value-for-money champion.This is the first spy picture of the Sandero we’ve seen. It was taken near Dacia’s Mioveni plant, and shows a car that’s very similar to Renault’s Brazilian-built Sandero but for its new, Dacia grille.The Sandero is based on the same mechanicals that underpin the Logan saloon, estate and van. Its official launch will be at next month’s Geneva motor show, but it won’t go on sale here in early 2009.There’s also a seven-seat version of the estate car available to Europeans which won’t make it to the UK, but the Logan estate could join our range later, as could a Dacia-branded small 4x4 – kind of 21st century Lada Niva.

Join the debate


8 February 2008

I'd rather spend £6.5k on this than a Twingo.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim