• Dacia named ‘Best Value Brand’ at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2024 for the sixth time, previously winning the category at the annual awards in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Sandero Stepway also awarded ‘Best Value Car’ for second year in a row, succeeding the Dacia Duster that won the title in 2022
  • Award winners are determined purely on ‘real world’ feedback from UK car owners, with over 200,000 sharing their thoughts on their vehicles with Auto Trader
  • Ruggedly-styled Sandero Stepway is priced from just £15,295 on-the-road, making it one of the UK’s most affordable new cars

Dacia remains the undisputed value champion after being crowned ‘Best Value Brand’ for the sixth time at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2024, with the Dacia Sandero Stepway successfully defending its title of ‘Best Value New Car’.

Committed to providing UK car buyers with quality, robust cars that blend affordability with a fun ownership experience, these awards prove Dacia is doing just that! It has had a stronghold on the ‘Best Value New Car’ trophy for the last three years with the Sandero Stepway winning last year and the iconic Duster scooping the award in 2022.

As in previous years, ‘real world’ feedback from car owners was behind Dacia’s success. This year’s award winners were determined after 200,000 UK car owners shared their thoughts on their car through an online survey hosted by the renowned online car buying resource. They were asked to rate their cars in 16 areas, from reliability and performance to appearance and running costs, as well as how satisfied they were overall with their car and how likely they would be to recommend it to others.

On Dacia and the Sandero Stepway beating every other manufacturer and new car when it comes to value, Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, said: “The Dacia Sandero Stepway continues to appeal to those looking for value in their new car. This is our favourite car on a budget, and this is the second year running that Dacia has taken away this award. The Sandero Stepway offers excellent value for money and generous levels of kit for the price. As owners highlighted it’s “Cheap to buy but loaded with bits such as climate control and heated seats”.

Baker added: “Dacia also remains top of the tree when it comes to value with no other manufacturer matching the value that Dacia currently offers. Dacia drivers felt overwhelmingly that their car offered the best “bang for buck” on the market with one owner commenting that “I’m on my third Dacia, all have been reliable, cheap to run and insure, together with being fun to drive”.”

Luke Broad, Dacia Brand Director for the UK, said: “Dacia offers some of the most affordable cars in the UK. As the feedback from owners confirms, Dacia has been able to dominate the ‘Best Value Brand’ category by complementing an exceedingly attractive purchase price with generous levels of equipment, which most recently includes the range-wide addition of ADAS features such as rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist and automatic headlights, all at no extra cost to the consumer. Regardless of how customers’ requirements and automotive technologies evolve, we will always ensure that Dacia’s commitment to providing the essentials, all for the best value remains unchanged and unrivalled.”

Starting from £15,295 on-the-road, the Sandero Stepway is one of the most affordable new cars in the UK, yet also has a generous specification. Its features include Dacia’s modular roof bars that convert from longitudinal to latitudinal to carry loads of up to 80 kg and the availability of Dacia’s intuitive Media Control with a dedicated application or the eight-inch Media Display infotainment system.

What’s more, current Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) offers see the Sandero Stepway represent even better value. Until 1 July, the adventurous model is available for the same monthly payment as the Sandero Expression and Extreme versions bought via the limited-time, 6.9% APR representative four-year PCP also attracting an increased deposit contribution of £750.

The offers mean the Sandero Stepway can now be purchased for £162 per month* on a 6.9% APR Representative, following a customer deposit of £2,915. This puts car buyers behind the wheel of the Essential TCe 100 Bi-Fuel version for the same monthly amount as a Sandero TCe 100 Bi-Fuel.

Nearer the top of the range, customers can have the Sandero Stepway Extreme TCe 90 Auto for £2141 per month on the same 6.9% APR representative PCP offer, which matches the £214 monthly cost of the Sandero’s flagship Journey TCe 902 Auto version. Alternatively, the Extreme TCe 100 Bi-Fuel3 is available for £186 per month – the same monthly amount as that of the Sandero Journey TCe 100 Bi-Fuel4, both on 6.9% APR representative.