Dacia has officially presented the Sandero Stepway. The new model is now turning up the heat with "shockingly affordable" prices. Having already announced the country's "most affordable new car" and "most affordable new SUV" (as well as 4x4), Dacia is now cementing its reputation for great prices with the "UK's most affordable supermini crossover".

The two Ambiance versions also come loaded with Bluetooth, metallic paint and a radio/CD system with fingertip controls. Being a Renault Group product, safety gear hasn't been skimped on either.For maximum passenger protection, Sandero Stepway benefits from seatbelts with calibrated load limiters for thorax protection in the event of impact, plus rear seat Isofix anchorage points. That's on top of the standard fit driver, passenger and front side airbags and ESC.

The Sandero Stepway range-topper comes in the form, as usual, of Lauréate. Mirroring the high kit count of the equivalent Sandero, it profers air conditioning, a chrome front grille, full electric windows and electric heated door mirrors.

The flagship features MediaNav 7" touchscreen multimedia system with  SAT NAV, AUX and USB inputs and four speakers. Plus, it's also got cruise control, speed limiter and rear parking sensors.

Inside its spacious and curvaceous body, it also conceals a height adjustable steering wheel and driver's seat, leather steering wheel and gearknob and seven-function trip computer. For those looking to indulge themselves with a touch of luxury, dark carbon leather upholstery (with synthetic leather side bolsters) is available at an equally affordable £600.

Four body colours are available to choose from, all in metallic hues. Cinder Red, Mercury, Pearl Black and Azurite Blue.

Two engines are offered - the TCe 90 is a direct-injection, turbocharged, three-cylinder 0.9-litre petrol with 90HP. It returns up to 52.3 mpg on combined cycle.

The 1.5 liter diesel – the dCi 90 has returns 70.6 mpg on combined cycle with just 105 g/km of CO2.

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Trim level Engine CO2emissions MPG (combined) On-the-road price
Ambiance 0.9 TCe 90 125 52.3 £7,995
1.5 dCi 90 105 70.6 £8.995
Lauréate 0.9 TCe 90 125 52.3 £9,795
1.5 dCi 90 105 70.6 £10,795

Source: Dacia