Dacia: practical cars for wise people

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Dacia: practical cars for wise people

If you're in the market for a new car, but think your budget can only stretch to a used model, then you need to consider looking at a brand new Dacia.

A relative newcomer to the UK car market, Dacia will show you how you can have a new car without the frivolous costly extras and still keep within your budget.

Dacia has been around on the continent for over 7 years, but came to UK shores in 2012 and has been challenging the status-quo ever since. Described by carbuyer.co.uk as "turning the low-cost car market on its head" Dacia offers cars for savvy people who want more car for their cash, but don't want to compromise on performance, space, or fuel economy. Carbuyer.co.uk loved it so much it awarded the brand its Buyer's Award and also crowned Dacia's SUV, Duster, its Car of the Year 2013 and called it a "real game changer for the UK market". What Car magazine crowned the Dacia Sandero its 2013 Best Supermini under £12,000.

Whether you need a supermini, an estate or an SUV, there's a good deal available for you. Dacia's supermini Sandero is on the road from £5,995 or if you fancy tearing around the countryside in half-term and weekends, its SUV Duster might be more your thing. But it won't clean you out - you can get a finance package for just £99 per month. Or, if you need bags of space in the back, then the Logan MCV (maximum capacity vehicle) can offer you oodles of room with a 573 litre boot and a price tag starting from £6,995. Whichever car you choose, teachers are eligible for Dacia's exclusive special offer - simply choose from a free five-year extended warranty or a three-year service plan. Practical incentives to go with practical cars.

If you're keen on losing frivolities, but feel your car requires a few 'must-haves', then buying a new Dacia gives you the ability to pick and choose the optional extras that matter most to you. The entry level cars are a blank canvas but stepping up through the range is simple and won't add lots to the very reasonable on the road price.

Dacia cars are available in three trim levels – Access, Ambiance and Lauréate. With the Duster Access 1.6 16V 105 4x2 starting at £8,995 up to the Duster Lauréate dCi 110 4x4 at £15,295, Dacia has a model for every taste and every budget.

If you prefer to pick and choose your extras, optional upgrades such as a touchscreen multimedia system (£250 inc VAT), leather upholstery (£600 inc VAT) and rear parking sensors (£250 inc VAT), with other extras such as alloy wheels and metallic paint available for you to decide what you can't live without. Or you could choose from the cost-effective accessory packs available, such as the Protection Pack (£225 inc VAT) which includes front and rear carpet mats, rear parking sensors and a boot liner.

By spending only on the extras you really need or want, you can ensure you keep a tight hold on your finances whether it's coming from your first pay packet or from the family budget. You do the maths.