Dacia Sandero from £5,995

17 Oct, 2012 12:30am Richard Ingram

The Dacia Sandero will become the UK's cheapest new car when order books open this month

Dacia has announced that its all-new Sandero supermini will start from just £5,995 when order books open on 22 October, making it the UK’s cheapest new car.

Entry-level Access cars come with 15-inch steel wheels, split-fold rear seats and daytime running lights. Power steering is also fitted as standard but buyers will have to pay extra for a stereo.

Upgrade to mid-spec Ambience for £6,595 and you’ll get a stereo with CD, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as electric front windows, remote central locking, body coloured bumpers and 15-inch ‘Colorado’ wheel trims.

Sitting at the top of the range is the flagship Laureate, which Dacia predicts will account for two thirds of all Sandero sales. This version starts from £7,995 and adds air-con, electric heated door mirrors, cruise control and electric rear windows.

Optional extras includes a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav for £250. Leather upholstery, metallic paint and alloy wheels is also optional, while the Protection Pack adds an alarm, boot liner and rear parking sensors for £395.

One area Dacia doesn’t skimp on is safety. All Sanderos will come as standard with ESC, ABS, brake assist, traction control and a pair of ISOFIX points, as well as driver, passager and side airbags.

Practicality is impressive, too, as the Sandero has a 320-litre boot - 25 litres more than a Ford Fiesta and 35 litres more than a Vauxhall Corsa. Fold the seats flat and the load area expands to 1,200 litres.

Engine choices include Renault's three-cylinder 0.9-litre petrol engine with 89bhp, and the 1.5-litre dCi, which in the Sandero is capable of returning 74.3mpg and 99g/km of CO2.

Every Dacia Sandero comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty as standard, but buyers will be able to extend this to five-years/60,000 miles and seven-years/100,000 miles for £395 and £850 respectively.