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Affordable new cars for 2013

Dacia Sander in silverThere are a number of affordable new motors set to take the new car market by storm over the coming months.

The cost of fuel and car insurance is a major concern for many motorists who are in the market for a new vehicle.

We've rounded-up some of the most cost-effective vehicles that will be soon be available - as well as something a little racier.

Dacia Sandero

New cars certainly do not come much cheaper than the Dacia Sandero which is taking its bow this month with an unbelievable price tag of just £5,995.

The five-door supermini comes in three models - the Access from £5,995, the Ambiance from £6,595, and the top-of-the-range Lauréate from only £7,995.

The Romanian brand, which was bought by Renault back in 1999, is clearly pitching the car at buyers who are looking for something similar in size to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, but have substantially less cash to spend.

There are three engines – two petrol and one diesel – to choose from, as well as a host of extras such as a touchscreen multimedia system.

Click the link to read a full review of the Dacia Sandero.

Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage is set to arrive in the UK later this year, where it will replace the popular, but ageing, Colt.

Mitsubishi MirageA budget five-door hatchback, it will be powered by 71bhp 1.0-litre or 80bhp 1.2 petrol engines.

It's clear that Mitsubishi sees this very much as an international car, which is why it will be sold in more than 160 countries.

In many of these emerging economies it will be aimed at the fast developing middle classes.

In the UK, however, its expected price tag of around £8,000 will see it up against the likes of the Kia Rio.

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOEThere's been a lot of talk about electric cars for years. However, the Renault ZOE is being tipped as a genuine game-changer.

It's due to enter mass production this year with a starting price of £13,650 (and £70-a-month battery hire).

It is the flagship vehicle of the company's four-strong 100 per cent electric vehicle range.

The motor is aimed at those wanting a stylish and affordable way to commute to work, visit the shops and do the dreaded school runs, as well as those wanting to minimise their carbon footprint.

ZOE will be available in three trim levels – Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens – and is expected to have a range of between 60 and 90 miles, depending on the conditions.

Kia Carens

Kia CarensThe all-new Kia Carens compact MPV made its world debut at September's Paris Motor Show 2012 in September.

Appreciative audiences liked the idea of combining sleek looks with the practicalities of catering for active families out on the road.

Information on the new machine is limited, but it's likely to come in five- and seven-seat versions, as well as being powered by 1.6 litre petrol and diesel units.

As the third generation Carens, it is certainly a massive improvement on the rather boxy styling of previous incarnations.

It is expected into the showrooms during the spring with a starting price tag of around £16,000.

Peugeot 208 GTI

Peugeot 208 GTiFinally, how about something a bit more exciting? 

With a long pedigree in legendary hot hatches, Peugeot is due to launch the GTi version of its recently unveiled 208 in the spring.

For lovers of the famed Peugeot 205, this is likely to get the right foot twitching.

Its powerful 1.6-litre 200bhp petrol engine, coupled with a manual gearbox with six, close-ratio gears, takes it from 0 to 62mph in less than seven seconds.

And for those wanting something even more special there will be a limited edition version of the GTi being launched with a price tag of £20,495.

However, you'll have to get your order in quickly as just 29 models will be available for the UK market.     

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Rob Griffin

Rob Griffin

Rob Griffin is a freelance journalist who regularly appears in national publications, including The Independent and Daily Express. He covers motoring, business, and personal finance issues.

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