Dacia Reliability – Are Dacia Cars Reliable?

We take an in-depth look at Dacia Reliability 2021

Are Dacia cars reliable? The short answer is yes, the longer answer is very reliable and surprisingly so. Yet some car-buyers out there still seem to be concerned about Dacia reliability. We’re here to drive away any myths you may have heard about Dacia cars and show you what the numbers say top prove just how reliable Dacia really is.

The reason reliability may come to mind is just how much car you get for so little money. Ever since Dacia landed on British shores back in 2013, its models have been some of the most affordable new cars you can buy by quite some margin. Even with slight price rises over the years, the Sandero is still the cheapest new car you can buy in Britain.

It’s not just the on the road price that impresses either. The latest Dacia deals and new car offers mean you could be driving a brand new car for as little as £99 a month with 6.9% APR*. No other brand can come close in terms of offering that much car for so little money.

So perhaps that may be the reason a few people question Dacia reliability; they see a very affordable car and some how put ‘affordable’ and ‘unreliable’ together. But that simply isn’t the case.

Are Dacia cars reliable? What the numbers say

In 2016 Dacia was placed third for dependability in the Auto Express Power Driver Survey scoring 96.17 out of 100. So who came first and second? Tesla and Lexus, both premium brands commanding a much higher price for any of their vehicles. In fact, the cheapest Tesla costs more than five times as much as the cheapest Dacia.

Even when looking at the most popular Dacia models, the Duster and the Sandero received an average score of 87.83% as voted for by owners in the Auto Express survey. And what was the thing owners liked the most about their cars? Reliability came out as number one.

Are Dacia cars good?

It’s not just owners that think Dacia cars are reliable. The motoring press and independent review panels regularly give top awards to the manufacturer. Take the 2021 all-new Sandero. It’s not been available in the UK long and it’s already won the What Car? ‘Car of the Year 2021’.

What does that mean? Quite simply that according to What Car? the new Sandero is the best car you can buy in Britain today. This is quite the recommendation from a publication that knows a thing or two about cars. It’s a similar story for the Duster which has won:

- What Car? ‘Best Family SUV Best for Value’ 2021

- Auto Trader ‘Best Value New Car 2020’ (two-years running)

- Auto Express ‘Road Test Winner February 2020’

So are Dacia cars good? Yes. And both owners and respected industry publications agree.

Dacia warranty

In the unlikely event that anything should go wrong with your brand new Dacia, you can rest assured you’ll be taken care of. All new Dacia cars come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty as standard, which is a lot more generous than some other brands offer.

Should you wish to extend this warranty even further, you can. Dacia offer up a 6 year/100,000 mile warranty for just £650 extra. That works out at just over £100 per year or £10 per month. Just like the Dacia range, this is incredible value for money.

So… Are Dacia cars unreliable?

Quite simply, no. Dacia cars are reliable and hopefully we’ve shown you why. Affordable doesn’t have to mean unreliable like it did back in the 80s and 90s when Skodas and Ladas of the time were mocked for their various unreliable traits.

These days affordable means simply that, vehicles that are sold in large numbers all over the world and so bring down the overall cost. It was Dacia’s main unique selling point when they entered an already competitive British new car market: to be the cheapest and the best. We have to say, they’ve achieved both.

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