Dacia scoops third-in-a-row What Car? award

Dacia’s Sandero hatchback has earned the title of Best Small Car under £12,000 for the third successive year at the 2015 What Car? Awards.

The Sandero originally picked up the accolade in 2013 when it was introduced to the UK market, and retained its title last year before once more flying the flag for Dacia’s ‘shockingly affordable’ range.

Fending off hot competition from a range of competitors, the Sandero triumphed despite its entry-level model costing less than half the target price allowed in the award’s category.

Jim Holder, What Car? editor, said: “There are cheap cars and then there’s the Dacia Sandero. What really helps the Sandero’s case, and boosts its value for money, is its huge interior space.

“It’s quick enough to feel comfortable in and out of town, and our True MPG tests have revealed it’s possible to get within a stone’s throw of its official fuel economy.”

Great warranty as standard

The judging panel also noted that the Sandero’s standard three-year, 60,000-mile warranty was also a significant contributing factor to its awards success along with its low pricing.

With five doors and three available trim levels, the Dacia Sandero can also be specified with a choice of either two petrol engines or one diesel, ensuring cost-effective options for any driver.

The Ambiance trim level that scooped the What Car? award comes with features such as Bluetooth connectivity and electric windows, plus selectable driving modes and improved efficiency.

Andy Heiron, Dacia UK’s brand manager, said: “We’re delighted that the judges at What Car? have recognised the Sandero’s qualities for the third year in a row.

“Especially given that starting from a ‘shockingly affordable’ £5,995 you can get one from just half the amount of the category it competes in.”

Thousands of British Dacia owners

Since its introduction to the UK market in 2013, Dacia’s range has gone from strength to strength, with around 12,000 Sandero models alone sold to British drivers last year alone.

Alongside the Sandero, Dacia’s other models are also proving extremely popular amongst buyers; nearly 20,000 Dacia models have been sold in the UK so far, with three million sold worldwide.

Darren Payne, sales director for Dacia’s parent company Renault, said: “The clear value of the Dacia line-up is continuing to win over new customers.”

The Dacia Sandero is available to buy from Perrys dealerships today, priced from only £5,995 for the entry-level Access trim.