Dacia Sandero• Five-door hatchback from £5,995
• Thrifty petrol and diesel engines
• Available to pre-order from October 22nd

The Dacia Sandero supermini is set to go on sale in the UK from £5,995, making it the cheapest new car on sale in the UK. It undercuts the entry-level five-door Ford Fiesta by £4,400.

The Romanian car maker was bought by Renault in 1999 and has found success selling practical and affordable models, which have not until now been available with right-hand drive.

Thanks to tempting specifications and prices, both the £8,995 Dacia Duster 4×4 and Sandero have proved popular across Europe. They have also gained a reputation for reliability, with Dacia finishing second in Germany’s 2012 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Dacia Sandero

The Sandero will be available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 75bhp (47.9mpg and 137g/km of CO2), a three-cylinder 0.9-litre turbo petrol engine with 90bhp (54.3 and 120) and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel with 90bhp (74.3 and 99).

Three trim levels called Access, Ambiance and Laureate will be available, with standard equipment sparse on the first. You get power steering and a split and folding rear seat, but no stereo, just pre-wiring to make it easy to fit your own CD Player and speakers.

For £600 more, Ambiance trim adds a CD Player with USB, Aux input and Bluetooth, remote central locking, electric front windows, body coloured bumpers, wheel trims and chrome trim for the air vents and instrument dials.

Dacia Sandero

Costing £7,995 the Laureate has air-con, heated door mirrors, cruise control and electric rear windows. A seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav and infotainment system is available as a £250 option. You can even have leather upholstery for £600.

The standard warranty lasts for three years or 60,000 miles, but you can increase it to five years and 60,000 miles or even seven years and 100,000 miles for £395 and £850 respectively.

Pre-ordering opens on October 22nd, with the first Sanderos expected in dealerships from January 2013

By Andy Goodwin, senior road tester