What is it?
The Dacia Sandero has stoically remained the entry-level point to the new car market since its launch in 2013 and bargain-hunters can rejoice: even with some upgrades for 2017, it remains the cheapest new car you can buy in the UK.
The facelift includes a reworked front and rear with LED daytime running lights, more equipment inside and a new engine.
Slotting into the bottom of the range as the new entry-level option, a 73bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol unit is now available which is (marginally) quicker and more fuel efficient than the 1.2-litre four-cylinder it replaces. It joins the lineup alongside the more powerful turbocharged 0.9-litre petrol triple and 1.4-litre diesel.
The spec upgrades help you get DAB radio and air-con as standard on mid-level Ambiance, while range-topping Laureate models get a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and a reversing camera.
The lineup starts with Access trim for a headline-grabbing £5995 – but you still get very little kit. Ambiance carries a £1000 premium, while Laureate is another £1200 on top of that – all of which, in typical Dacia fashion, represents staggering value. We’re driving the new 1.0-litre engine in Laureate trim, although in the UK this engine will only be available with Access and Ambiance spec levels.