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Dacia Sandero - £5,995
Dacia Sandero - £5,995
This is the Dacia Sandero and it's the UK's most affordable car, according to the Renault-owned budget brand. The new supermini takes the Suzuki Alto's place as the cheapest car on sale in the UK today (the Japanese city car's price has now gone back up to £7,195 from its VAT-free offer of £5,995).
But for your meagre outlay you actually get a surprising amount of kit - even the most basic cars feature stability control and four airbags, while spending just £600 more will get you premium touches such as Bluetooth and USB connections, as well as steering wheel mounted audio controls. You can even get sat-nav...
Off the back of the superbly wallet-friendly Dacia, we've come up with a 20-strong list of the least costly new cars on sale in the UK today. It's based on manufacturer list prices - so look out for even better deals.
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Surely the cheapest car is a second hand car. My N reg peugeot 106 diesel 150K miles and still doing 60+mpg with 12 months mot but actually worth nothing so why even buy a new car?
Since people are liking this I class my 2nd hand car with a virtually zero carbon foot print as the carbon used to produce the car as far as I am concerned is loaded on to whoever bought it new. Low carbon cars are 2nd hand cars they exists already, new cars need alot of carbon to get them on the road.
The car featured above is the Renault ze Twizy. It is roughly around the £7000 mark. It is only available in this country (UK) as far as I know, as an all electric vehicle. It will only carry two people (in tandem) which is fine, but only two. It will do 50mph max but this is not the issue, that's fine, the issue is that old chestnut - range. Though 100km is respectable especially for city use, that range will limit it to just that and not much more.
The worst thing about it though is the leasing of the battery/s. This comes in at around £45 to £67 every month. Now add the electricity to charge it, which takes 3.5 hours (to be fair this is to bring it from min to max I should imagine) then you are talking even more money. The dilemma that anyone faces when buying one of these vehicles to save on fuel is this: you have paid nearly £7000.00 and then perhaps £80 more for the battery package and running costs on top (though they won't be much) then it begins not to make sense just yet.
To put it another way, your old car is paid for, it's quite presentable, the insurance is ok and you can carry five people and quite a bit of luggage. It only does 30mpg (combined) maybe, but guess what?
I still have my £7000.00 and no £45 - £67 battery and I can travel as far as I want. Now work out how long it would take you to make up the difference between using petrol and one of these especially if you don't do big mileage.
Electric/hybrid cars do have a future but until there is a much bigger incentive, then it just 'aint going to happen. Don't get me wrong, I'd like one of these but unless someone gave it to me, it's dead in the water. It IS safer than using a scooter though but a scooter will cost pence.
Oh, and please don't mention the environment.
bought a VW Polo a few year back for fifty quid,off a farmer.Tax and MOT for three month,sold it when Tax ran out for three bottles of Newcastle Brown.
how safe is this car truely personaly wopuld not like to get hit in an head on collision
thats not a car,,, its a golf cart, in a crash you would not stand a chance, got more chance on a push bike,
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