Dacia Sandero hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
Dacia is the only manufacturer offering models that run on petrol or LPG
Don't expect any electrification in the Sandero, as any hybrid electric setup would make the car too expensive. Instead, there's a brace of efficient petrol engines, both of which should prove cheap to run. Intriguingly, the Dacia will also be one of the few cars in the UK offered with an LPG version, which allows the driver to switch between petrol and a second tank.
Dacia Sandero MPG & CO2
Buying the entry-level SCE petrol engine saves buyers around £1,000 upfront, but it's sluggish to drive, and its 53.3mpg fuel economy figure is identical to the more powerful TCe engine. Both versions also emit 120g/km of CO2, which is not too bad for a supermini, but hardly groundbreaking. It places the Sandero in a middling Benefit-in-Kind band for company-car drivers, while annual VED (tax) will cost the standard rate from the second year onwards.
The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel model may also tempt some buyers for whom efficiency is a priority. Dacia is the only manufacturer offering LPG from the factory, adding a separate 40-litre LPG tank in the spare wheel well, in addition to the 50-litre petrol tank.
The Bi-Fuel setup gives the car a range of more than 800 miles, and Dacia claims the car emits around 11% less CO2 when running on LPG. The fuel is cheaper to buy than petrol, currently costing around 65p per litre, but not every forecourt sells it, so it's important to check availability in your area.
Insurance groups haven't been announced for the Dacia Sandero yet, but its low-powered engines, simplicity and budget price should all be looked upon favourably. We'd expect it to be one of the most affordable cars to cover in its class.
While Renault has now increased its warranty to five years or 100,000 miles in length, Dacia still offers a standard three-year and 60,000-mile warranty. This is on a par with Ford and Volkswagen, but it's disappointing that it falls short of not only Kia and Hyundai, but even its parent firm.
Dacia offers servicing plans to make it more affordable to cover maintenance. These can either be purchased upfront when you first own the car, or paid for monthly to spread the cost.