Thursday, 10 January 2013


Renault was celebrating an incredible win at the prestigious What Car? 2013 awards last night when the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup scooped the title for best hot hatch over £22,000 for an unprecedented fourth year running.

Meanwhile, Renault’s “shockingly affordable” Dacia brand, which has only just reached the UK took the title of “best supermini under £12,000” for the Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe 90 Ambiance.

It takes a very special model to win a title four times and What Car? was full of on-going admiration for the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup praising its “coupé-like good looks with muscular haunches and a purposeful stance as well as explosive performance.”
Renault’s Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup beat off competition in much higher price brackets once again and won plaudits for its “fantastic body control, balance and grip”, adding: “Nothing gets close to the Mégane Renaultsport Cup if you're after hardcore hot hatch thrills.”

It’s a great start to the year for Renault which has just launched the Dacia Sandero and the Dacia Duster in the UK. However, despite being a newcomer to the UK market, Dacia has already won plenty of awards for its practicality and affordability with the What Car? accolade being the latest welcome addition.

The Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Ambiance is priced from just £7,395 and was described by the What Car? Panel as ‘something genuinely new and different, in that it brings real space for bargain prices. That’s an admirable achievement.’

They added: “You'll have to look in the used car classifieds to find comparably priced rivals to the Sandero. Even then, you won't find many second-hand superminis that come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, and even fewer that offer the sort of space the Sandero does.The turbocharged engine is fun and willing, and the Dacia is generally a practical, pleasant thing to live with. “

The What Car? Awards are covered online at and in the magazine’s Awards edition on sale now.


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