2021 Dacia Sandero: prices, specs and release date

Dacia has revealed a new version of the Sandero supermini - the UK's cheapest new car - ahead of the Ford Fiesta rival going on sale in 2021

James Allen
Oct 22, 2020

The latest version of the UK’s most affordable new car is just around the corner, as the next iteration of the Dacia Sandero is set to go on sale in early 2021. While the outgoing car was available from as little as £6,995 as a new car, details on prices and specs for the new version won’t be known for a while yet, though we do have an idea of what to expect from Dacia’s upcoming rival to superminis like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

The exterior styling of the new Sandero will be more evolution than revolution; for the most part it looks like a slightly sharper version of the outgoing car and we strongly suspect the Dacia’s engine range will consist entirely of three-cylinder petrol engines - including one that can also run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG). LPG is typically around half the price of petrol, so this should help to cut running costs for the new model.

The big changes should be on the inside, though, as it’s anticipated the new Sandero will be closely related under the skin to the latest Renault Clio. As a result, the Dacia should be available with more advanced technology and safety assists than the car it replaces, and hopefully mean the hard and scratchy interior plastics of the current version will soon be a thing of the past.

All of these extra features will likely have the knock-on effect of making the new Dacia Sandero quite a bit more expensive than the car it replaces. However, because Dacia is a more budget-oriented brand, the car should still be one of the most affordable cars on sale in the UK when it does arrive in 2021.

Quick facts

  • New Dacia Sandero unveiled
  • New Sandero Stepway also confirmed
  • More advanced interior tech expected
  • Should have similar engines to current car
  • Prices and release date not yet confirmed
  • Full reveal in September 2020

2021 Dacia Sandero engines and performance

Dacia hasn’t yet said anything about the new Sandero’s engine range, though we anticipate the engine options won’t be too dissimilar to the ones you’ll find in the current version. Expect the range to consist of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with around 75hp, and a more powerful turbocharged 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol with roughly 100hp.

We also expect the new Dacia Sandero will be offered with a 1.0-litre turbocharged 'Bi-Fuel' three-cylinder engine, which will be able to run on both petrol and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). While LPG fuel is noticeably cheaper per-litre than conventional petrol, Sandero Bi-Fuel owners may not be able to make the most of it all the time, as there are only around 1,400 LPG refuelling stations across the UK. LPG models can still run on ordinary petrol, however, so you should never need to worry about running out of fuel.

Regardless of the engine under the bonnet, we expect the new Dacia Sandero will only come with a five-speed manual gearbox. Because Dacia is known for prioritising low prices rather than offering the very latest tech, the new Sandero will likely go without any expensive hybrid engine options, too, in order to keep prices down.

2021 Dacia Sandero specifications and in-car tech

As with the engine range, the details on the Dacia Sandero’s in-car tech are also being kept a closely guarded secret for now. We do at least know a larger touchscreen media system is on the way, as you can just about make out the top of the screen surround in the exterior images.

To help keep costs down, it’s likely the new Dacia Sandero will do without some niceties and creature comforts - don’t be surprised if the entry-level version has no electric windows or a radio for the lowest possible price, for instance. That said, the more modern underpinnings could mean that features like air-conditioning and a digital radio will (unlike the current car) be standard equipment across the new Sandero range - albeit with a correspondingly higher starting price.

2021 Dacia Sandero design

While many of the new Dacia Sandero’s technical specifications are being kept under wraps for now, we do at least know for certain what the new car looks like. Overall, it isn’t a hugely drastic departure from the current car, though Dacia has subtly smartened the Sandero’s styling a bit with details like the new Y-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Just like the current car, the new Dacia Sandero will also be offered in a more rugged guise. With extra black bodywork cladding, a bulkier physique and additional roof bars, the Sandero Stepway will once again return alongside the standard hatchback. Under-the-skin changes will likely be very limited, though - don’t expect much beyond a mild increase in ride height over the standard Sandero; this is no off-road car.

2021 Dacia Sandero prices and release date

The new Dacia Sandero is anticipated to go on sale in the UK in early 2021, with prices potentially starting at around £10,000 for the most basic entry-level version. Expect to pay an extra £1,500 for an equivalent-spec Sandero Stepway.

Should Dacia decide to offer a stripped-out super-basic model, as it has done previously, it's possible that the starting price will be closer to £8,000. In the meantime, if you simply want the cheapest possible relatively new supermini, look at the used models available on BuyaCar now by clicking on the button below. 


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