Dacia's Sandero is a half-price Renault Clio with Lamborghini lights for £7,995 but only if you pre-order before Brexit

THE new Dacia Sandero is £7,995.

I repeat, N-E-W.

That’s box-fresh, uncontaminated, and includes three years’ free servicing and breakdown cover.

Unbelievable, Jeff.

But only if you pre-order before December 31.

With Boris seemingly more concerned about the fish, who knows what will happen to new car prices after Brexit?

They are only going to go one way.

For £99, the above deal is guaranteed, no matter what it might end up costing later.

So I’d jump in now if you’re interested.

So what about the car itself?

I like it. It’s basically a half-price Renault Clio with Lamborghini lights and a smart new interior.

And it drives like one too. It’s light and easy, with decent body control and mega front-end grip.

I’m genuinely surprised Renault has allowed it to be this good.

Cut a Sandero in half and it will bleed Clio: Same chassis, engines and electrics.

But not the old Clio, the new one.

Whereas previous Sanderos were built using Renault leftovers, this latest one uses the good stuff.

The same goes for the cabin.

The old one was orthopaedic. A sea of moulded plastic with absolutely zero design love.

Y-shaped LED lights

This new one is modern and spacious and comfy, with soft-touch panels and knurled switches copied from Bentley.

It’s different gravy.

Plus, you sit nice and low — which suits me but might not suit you — there is more knee room in the back and the boot has grown a little to 328 litres.

Now, I’ll be honest.

The pictures you see here show the fully loaded Comfort trim at 11,595 English pounds.

That comes with 8in touchscreen, reversing camera, wireless Apple CarPlay, keyless entry and so on, and is powered by a one-litre petrol turbo with 90hp.

That’s still brilliant value in my book and a good chunk less than the cheapest new Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.

Not to mention many millions of used cars.

The £7,995 Access model doesn’t come with a touchscreen and has a smartphone cradle instead.

I’m fine with that. Google Maps is better than built-in satnavs anyway.

And the naturally aspirated one-litre engine is just 65hp.

But you do get those Y-shaped LED lights that see 33 per cent further, electric front windows, speed limiter, six airbags, eCall and any colour you like . . . as long as it’s white.

The mid-range Essential trim, from £8,995, adds little luxuries like cruise control, air conditioning, armrest and body-coloured bumpers.

If you want comically cheap, care-free motoring in what is a Clio in all but name, your search ends here

But you’ll probably want the rufty-tufty Sandero Stepway (skid plates, roof bars, raised ride height, etc) which starts at £10,995.

I’ll report back on that when I drive it next month.

To sum up, then: If you want comically cheap, care-free motoring in what is a Clio in all but name, your search ends here.

The Dacia Sandero is an absolute steal.

Out February. Expect finance deals from £99 a month.

You reading this, Mother?

  • Dacia will next month launch Britain’s cheapest new van, the Duster Commercial, priced under £15k.

Key facts: Dacia Sandero Access

Price: £7,995

Engine: 1-litre 3cyl petrol

Power: 65hp

0-62mph: 16.7 secs

Top speed: 98mph

Economy: 53mpg

CO2: 120g/km

Rivals: MG3

Out: February

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