New Dacia Spring coming to the UK with £17k price tag

A fresh facelift for this very promising, very affordable EV making its way to the UK

It’s not spring yet (although it feels like we are almost there) but with Dacia Spring finally making a much-awaited entry to the UK market, it might as well be.

When the EV first made its way into the rest of the European market, basically as the Renault City K-ZE, it brought the roof down with its shockingly affordable price — just €16,800, or somewhere around £14,000.

In the three years since then, it has risen through the sales charts, with more than 140,000 sold worldwide. But Dacia glaringly refrained the Spring from the UK — it was “lacking a bit of modernity”, in the words of Dacia design chief David Durand.

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But all that has changed with the introduction of this heavily updated new Spring, with major improvements to interior quality and connectivity, and it is due to hit the market imminently, priced from just above £17,000.

New Dacia Spring side exterior

What’s new outside?

The new Dacia Spring comes with an almost full redesign of its exterior, and the inspiration Dacia has borrowed from Renault Duster is quite visible in the front.

It looks highly sculpted and powerful, but very clean and simple at the same time. There are two black bands, one at the front and one at the back. The strips meet in a glossy finish, with specific matte stripes at the rear, and are framed by the brand’s  Y-shaped LED light signature.

Dacia has planned to go on an inventive route with the wheel arches, which are left unpainted along with the lower section of the front and rear bumpers, making it better suited to handle dents or scrapes. I mean, sure, no one would want their car to incur any cosmetic damages but Dacia says that it’s taken this step to make its car more durable.

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David Durand, Dacia Design Director commented: “As Spring embraces the brand’s new design language, it is a resolute sign that it is here to stay as a key member of the Dacia family. We gave it a serious and confident design. Building on the success of the previous generation, the All-New Spring confidently asserts its own identity.”

New Dacia Spring interior

…and inside?

Inside, the outgoing car’s curved dashboard and piano black finish have been replaced by a more modern, rugged design, once again in line with the new Duster.

Also gone is the old 7.0in infotainment display. Range-topping Extreme cars get the 10.1in touchscreen from the Duster in its place, which can be updated wirelessly without going into a dealer.

However, intriguingly Dacia has chosen to omit any screen from the lower-end models. So owners of those models will have to rely on their smartphones, and apps like Google Maps or Spotify to find their way around town and listen to some music.

To ensure compliance with Europe’s new GSR2 safety regulations, advanced driver assistance systems such as lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking and driver attention monitoring have also been added to the new Dacia Spring.

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New Dacia Spring charging

Dacia Spring’s very impressive specs for a sub-£18k EV

Mechanically, however, the new Spring is largely the same as before. A single electric motor sends either 44bhp or 64bhp through the front wheels, with the more powerful variant dispatching 0-62mph in a leisurely 13.7sec.

The small, 26.8kWh battery delivers a claimed range of more than 137 miles and is a key reason why the Spring weighs only 984kg – just 6kg more than the outgoing car. This means the Spring is still the only full-size EV sold in Europe that tips the scales at less than a tonne.

The 44bhp car can take charge at a maximum of 11kW (AC), while 64bhp cars get 30kW DC charging as standard. In Extreme cars – expected by Dacia to account for 65% of UK sales – the charger is also able to deliver power from the car’s battery to external sources, rated at 220V.

The small, 26.8kWh battery delivers a claimed range of more than 137 miles and is a key reason why the Spring weighs only 984kg — just 6kg more than the outgoing car. This means the Spring is still the only full-size EV sold in Europe that tips the scales at less than a tonne.

The new Spring is equipped as standard with a 7 kW AC charger that can charge the battery from 20% to 100% on a domestic outlet in less than 11 hours, or in just 4 hours on a 7 kW wall box. A 30 kW DC charger enables fast charging from 20% to 80% in 45 minutes.

New Dacia Spring rear exterior

Dacia announced three different models for the Spring as of now, namely the Essential, expected to be the cheapest model with stripped-down features. Following that is the Expression, with added manual air conditioning and 15-inch wheels, and topping up the line is the Extreme, with a suite of more premium interior features as well as a bi-directional charger.

UK deliveries of the Spring will begin in October, with its sub-£18,000 price tag undercutting the £26,000 BYD Dolphin and the upcoming Citroën ë-C3, which will be roughly £23,000.

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