One of the most important distinctions in the UK is the WhatCar? accolade, which is one of the most prestigious. This year Dacia Sandero has been awarded the ultimate accolade of ‘Car of the Year’ in the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021.

The UK’s most affordable new car beat some of the most prestigious and advanced cars currently on sale to the coveted title, with What Car? proclaiming the Sandero its overall victor based on its comfort, specification, practicality and value.

Each of the Awards’ 26 category winners were in the running for the overall ‘Car of the Year’ title, with the Sandero qualifying after scooping the hard-fought award for ‘Best Small Car’.

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The Sandero has triumphed in the annual awards, with the five-door hatchback having won its price point in the ‘Best Small Car’ category since 2013.

Dacia also scored with the Duster SUV at this year’s online presentation ceremony, the rugged, no-nonsense SUV taking home the new ‘Best Buy for value’ award that is now incorporated in the ‘Best Family SUV’ category.

Recently revised with a fresh new exterior design, enhanced equipment, more safety features and a completely new interior, the All-New third-generation Sandero, is one of the first Dacia models to be built on the advanced CMF modular platform. The new platform provides the All-New Sandero with superior strength and structural rigidity, increasing protection in the event of a collision. As well as automatic emergency braking being available as standard, the structure is reinforced and collisions can be detected more quickly, deploying new curtain and side airbags more rapidly. An E-Call emergency call system is also standard on all models, operated using an SOS button placed next to the interior light.

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The All-New Sandero is available in Access, Essential and Comfort trim levels. The line-up starts with the Access from just £7,995, which includes such features as automatic LED headlights with Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, 15-inch steel wheels, front electric windows, speed limiter, phone docking station, Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and six airbags.