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Top Gear’s motoring expert picks six rivals to Britain’s new cheapest car
The Dacia Sandero: The cheapest car in Britain
Well, no. Not quite. For some, the benefits of a proper factory warranty and the peace of mind of a brand new car offset the mathematical advantages of buying used.
But there’s more to it. Buy new and you get to choose the colour and specification.
And there’s the buzz of going into a showroom, choosing features – down to the number plate – and then picking up a car which has only been driven out of a factory and perhaps off a boat or transporter.
So let’s have a look at what company the Sandero is keeping at the bargain end of Britain’s new car world.
Is it such a good buy? Here are the six cheapest cars on sale today and we’ll see how they stack up against the Dacia.
Perodua Myvi: £6,999; Engine: 1.3-litre, four-cylinder, 86bhp; 0-62mph 11.3sec; 48.7mpg
We’ve long championed the Malaysian Perodua. On occasions its price has dipped under 6k but at the moment this is what you pay pre-haggling.
Simple like the Sandero – but, like most rivals, smaller. Basic interior and cheap materials. A 1.3-litre engine does the job but isn’t particularly clean. The Sandero’s three cylinder engine is much nicer. It has ABS and electronic brake force distribution but no sophisticated stability control. Only two airbags marks it down for safety, too.
Add in the rarity of dealers and the poor Perodua is the car in our group that’s most vulnerable to the Dacia. It’s only card left is that it’s available with an auto gearbox.
Actually the same car as a Nissan Pixo, but slightly cheaper (by 55).
An interesting three cylinder engine lives under the bonnet which is economical and, because the Alto is light, it pushes the car along nicely.
Five doors, which is good, but the boot is tiny and there’s a high lip that makes loading awkward.
A very good choice if you don’t need the Sandero’s space and you want the lowest possible running costs.
As we all know, this is Skoda’s version of the VW Up. Only slightly cheaper but not by much. Three doors at this money.
Fitted, like the Alto, with a characterful three pot engine.
Interior quality is the best here and it’s stylishly simple. One of the best small cars in years.
Avoid the automatic.
Three and five doors are available. Not the entry level bargain it used to be. However, Citroen does offer some good deals.
Face-lifted last year, it’s dropped behind its strongest rivals on quality and function.
Still a good first car and pleasant for the city but not as top of its game as it used to be.
Also, recently criticised from EuroNCAP for lack of stability control as standard.
Nissan Micra: £7,995; Engine: 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, 67bhp; 0-62mph 12.0sec; 56.5mpg
The Indian-built Micra is not one of our favourite small cars.
On the positive side it’s easy to drive, there’s a good view out and the steering is light.
Cabin quality is disappointing and fails to match rivals.
The car’s ace card is its clean engines and low running costs.
Great little city car that’s good to drive and looks very stylish.
The Koreans show the world they’re now big players and know how it’s done. The only snag is the Picanto isn’t as cheap as it could be.
We’re used to Kias being great value but against Skoda the Picanto doesn’t look such a bargain. Seven year warranty, mind. VIEW GALLERY