The Sandero remains the UK's most affordable car in its entry-level 1.0 SCe 'Access' form, where the amount required for ownership is just £6,000. Yes, you heard that right: way less than most tiny citycars will cost you. Previously though, we always thought that figure to be a touch misleading. Understandably, to reach such a super-low asking price, Dacia had to take out almost every item of convenience equipment a customer could reasonably expect to find on a modern family car - 'Access' trim didn't even get you a radio! Plus you were stuck with the old-tech 1.2-litre petrol engine most buyers didn't want.
In essence, this was a 'RyanAir'-style price-leading marketing exercise, there to get customers into the showroom where they'd subsequently end up buying a better-trimmed, more expensive variant. With a decent modern engine and air conditioning, a more realistic Sandero asking price was actually closer to £10,000. Still good value, but not quite the staggering price proposition the ads promised. As part of this model update though, Dacia has had a re-think and it's made quite a lot of difference.
For most buyers, the real starting point for the Sandero line-up lies with mid-range 'Ambiance' trim. Well, go for that and you can now have yourself a version of this car with the properly efficient 1.0-litre SCe engine and a chilled air conditioned cabin for just £7,000. You won't have to wind up your own front windows, you can Bluetooth-sync your 'phone and you'll be listening to a DAB radio. Now that's real world value we can identify with.