DACIA has shaken up the UK car market by putting a Fiesta-sized hatchback on sale at the absolute bargain-basement price of £5,995.
That matters to us here at UsedCarExpert because the Dacia Sandero so cheap that might make a viable alternative to a decent second-hand car - or at least that’s the kind of thing that Renault-owned Dacia would have us believe.
But is it really true? Well in a word, no.
You see, that is a tiny price for a new car but in second-hand terms is a king's ransom.
Skeptical? Well don’t be. You can get a lot of far superior metal for exactly that money with low miles and loads of hassle free warranty left.
So here are our three best picks.
The Fiesta is miles ahead of the Dacia in every area bar price. Its ride and handling compromise is industry standard. Combine this with a great range of engines and a top-notch interior and you have a superb package.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A two year old 1.2 petrol Fiesta with 12,000 miles on the clock can be had for £5,995. Basic but brilliant.
Renault is a master at the art of the family hatch and it shows in the Megane. Comfortable, subtle, commodious and with excellent road manners as a painless family car the Megane is hard to beat.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A three year old 1.6 petrol car with only 34,000 miles on the clock can be picked up for £5,999.
It’s just amazing how cheap you can pick up a petrol Insignia. Audi-like interior quality, a comfort biased ride and handling set up and cheap running costs combined with ultra low prices show how expensive the Sandero really is.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: You can buy a four year old 1.8 petrol SE spec car with only 50,000 on the clock for £5,995. Get an independent warranty and you’re away.
Motors.co.uk value verdict: