We did a quick search of all the models that should have been just as cheap - the Citroen C1, Kia Picanto, Toyota Aygo, VW Up! and Hyundai i10 - to find all of them are noticeably more expensive. In fact, some of them cost about 50% more.
So how have they done it? Well, you don't get a lot in on the standard model. The Sandero in this review doesn't actually cost the advertised £8,000 and is more like £11k. But that's still peanuts compared to a Bentley. Yes, a Bentley is the rival of a Dacia in a comparison review.
That's got to be the most "troll" idea we've heard in months, and we love it. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that presenter Rory also worked for Top Gear. This video won't leave you feeling informed, but it is entertaining. And the conclusion is pretty foregone: Bentleys aren't worth the money if you just want to go from A to B, but they are wonderful cars.
Many of the options on this new Flying Spur are more expensive than the entire Dacia Sandero. It's got massaging seats and a champagne cooler, to name but a few. But Rory reminds us getting a massage and a cold drink isn't that difficult or expensive.
The Bentley is not only luxurious but also fast. The W12 engine makes power the 1-liter Sandero can't dream of. But it's also a heavy, mechanically complicated car. There's still something nice to be said about being at one with a brand new car that cost nothing to buy. Of course, if you can afford a Flying Spur, you should still feel proud of yourself... and the fact that your seats cost more than a Sandero.