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Dacia Sandero goes on sale for just £6,000
Start queuing for the Dacia Sandero – it’s Britain’s cheapest car at less than £6,000. Renault bought the Romanian car-maker in 1999 as its ‘budget’ brand and the UK market is the final piece of the jigsaw.
Three versions of the Sandero are available starting with the basic Access from £5,995, followed by the Ambiance and Lauréate.
The car will be in showrooms from January with customer deliveries expected later the same month.
The Dacia Sandero, from £5995 is Britain’s cheapest car
The five-door car will be capable of transporting five people and their luggage ‘in comfort’, says the firm.
The entry-level Access, at £5,995 is available only in white, though it’s far from spartan and includes 15in steel wheels, power-assisted steering, a 60/40 split folding rear seat and even daytime running lights.
Safety features include anti-lock, ABS brakes with emergency brake assist; traction control; electronic stability control, driver; and passenger and front-side airbags.
The mid-level Ambiance costing £600 more adds on a radio/ CD player with fingertip remote controls, Bluetooth, remote central locking, electric front windows, body-coloured bumpers and 15in wheel trims.
The Lauréate is the top-end Sandero. Dacia expects up to two-thirds of buyers will choose this model.
It costs from £7,995 and comes with air-conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, cruise control and electric rear windows.
There’s an optional 7in touchscreen satnav and multimedia system for £250.
The entry-level Access, at £5,995 is available only in white, though it’s far from spartan and includes 15in steel wheels, power-assisted steering, a 60/40 split folding rear seat and even daytime running lights
There’s a choice of three superfrugal engines. The four-cylinder 1.2 litre, 16v75 petrol engine delivers 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 137g/km. It has a top speed of around 98mph and accelerates from rest to 62mph in around 13.5 seconds.
The 0.9 litre three-cylinder TCe 90 with stop-start technology is capable of 109 mph, with fuel economy of 54.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 120g/km. This will accelerate from rest to 60 mph in about 12 seconds.
The third is the new 1.5 litre diesel dCi 90, which delivers 74.3 mpg and sub-100 grams of CO2 per km emissions, making it exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge.
Top speed is around 106 mph
Pudsey the bear — mascot of the BBC’s Children In Need campaign— is primed for the Telethon next Friday, in which Peugeot UK is playing a leading role.
The company’s new website, pudseysdreamwheels.co.uk, offers a chance to create a car design of your choice, and have the image put on mugs or T-shirts, to help raise more than £150,000 for the charity appeal.
Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of F1 supremo Bernie, pictured below, helped launch Pudsey’s Dream Wheels by creating a customised Greased Lightning Peugeot 208 hatchback.
Tamara Ecclestone helped launch Pudsey’s Dream Wheels
Everyone can play for free, but for £3 you can enter your design into a competition to win a new Peugeot 208 in time for Christmas.
An online voting mechanism will decide who makes Pudsey’s top ten.
A selected judging panel will reveal the winning entry on December 8.