Dacia is celebrating a double success at the 2020 What Car? Awards, with wins for both the Sandero and Duster. For the Sandero, it was an incredible eighth consecutive victory as it scooped the ‘Best Value Car under £10,000’ category, while the Duster was handed the ‘Best Family SUV under £20,000’ for the second year on the trot.
The What Car? Awards are among the most prestigious in the automotive industry. Presided over by the vastly experienced road testers from What Car? Magazine, they are based on the team’s findings from their exhaustive testing process.
Since winning its first award in 2013 the Sandero has continued to delight its customers with its value and no-nonsense approach. Priced from £6,995 the well-equipped Sandero impresses with its low running costs and practicality. In the £8,595 Essential TCe 90 trim chosen by the What Car? team it benefits from air-conditioning, electric windows and DAB radio, plus it’ll return 53.3mpg.
Speaking about the Sandero’s success, Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car? said: “It should come as no great surprise that the Sandero is our favourite value car for less than £10,000, given that it has already continued seven What Car? Price point trophies to the mantlepiece at Dacia HQ. Yet again, nothing has emerged that can get close to the amount of car it offers for your money.”
For the Duster the 2020 What Car? Awards was the scene of its second win in a row in the ‘Best Family SUV for less than £20,000’. For this year’s ceremony it was the £14,995 Comfort TCe 130 that caught the judges’ eyes, it’s blend of comfort, practicality, generous equipment and affordable running costs carrying it to victory. Featuring the MediaNav multimedia system with Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™, plus a reversing camera and cruise control, the Comfort has plenty of standard kit, while the smooth and responsive TCe 130 engines delivers up to 47.0mpg.
Speaking about the Duster’s second successive win, Steve Huntingford said: “Buyers who need a mid-size SUV rather than a small one to transport their family around and whose budget is tight, will love Dacia Duster. As you’d expect from the Romanian firm, you get huge amount of car for the money, with plenty of passenger space and a large boot. Choose the turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine that we favour and you’ll have a car that’s pleasantly brisk and reasonable economical. It also rides well, especially around town, thanks to its soft suspension.”
Reflecting on the brand’s latest awards, Luke Broad, Head of Brand for Dacia commented: “For the Sandero to win at the What Car? Awards eight years in a row is an incredible achievement. We’re hugely proud of what the car has achieved and of the fact that it is loved so much by customers. Equally impressive is the performance of the Duster, which has attracted considerable acclaim in its first full year on sale while at the same time maintaining Dacia’s philosophy of delivering practical, well-equipped and high quality cars at terrific value-for-money prices.”