The cheapest version of the budget supermini was removed and its starting price has been increased by PS1850

Dacia Sandero’s Access entry-level specification has been removed. This means that the supermini’s starting price is now almost PS10,000.

This model was originally launched in 2020 at a headline-grabbing price of PS7995. It now starts at PS9845 with Essential specification.

Access specification has been removed from the jacked up Sandero Stepway. It now starts at PS11,945 Essential trim. This represents a PS500 price increase.

Autocar was told by a Dacia spokesperson that: “At Dacia we’re constantly redefiniting what is essential, offering customers the best value based on their expectations and needs. These expectations and customer demand were taken into account when we removed the Access trim and made minor changes to our lineup.

Despite the price rise, the Sandero is still the UK’s most affordable new car.

Only two options, Comfort and Essential, are currently available for the hatchback in the UK. Each will cost PS50 more than before.

The Essential model comes standard with cruise control, 15-inch wheels and DAB radio. The Comfort specification adds rear parking sensors and an 8.0in digital display. Keyless entry is also available.

Stepway models receive an extra, top-of the range Prestige trim. This includes a rear parking cam, climate control, front sensors, and an electric handbrake.

The engine range is unchanged with a variety of petrol and bifuel (petrol or LPG) units that offer 64bhp to 99bhp.