Lots of us have a dream garage – the list of cars we’d buy with a lottery win – but real life tends to get in the way of dreams. Most of us simply don’t have a quarter million to drop on a new Ferrari or McLaren and have to think very carefully about how much we can afford to spend on a car. Some buyers choose to the second-hand route and bag a bargain but for others the uncertainty of a car’s past is off-putting and brand new is the only way to go. But that doesn’t mean breaking the bank, for the budget-conscious buyer there are some bargain motors out there that come with dealer backing, warranties and that ‘new car’ smell. Here we’ve rounded up a dozen of the cheapest new cars you can buy right now.
Dacia Sandero – From £6,995
The Sandero is a no-nonsense back-to-basics sort of machine. At its starting price of £6,995 it’s the same price as a four-year-old Ford Fiesta but comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. It doesn’t come with much else – even a radio is extra – but it is the cheapest way into a new car at the moment. A bit more money will get you DAB radio, cruise control, parking sensors and a wider choice of engines but even a top-whack Sandero weighs in at a shade over £11,000. Review – Dacia Sandero