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The new Dacia Spring is the affordable EV I’ve been waiting for

Ditching petrol power doesn't also have to mean cratering your bank balance

Dacia Spring 2024 reveal hot stuff

The one thing stopping me switching to an electric car? The eye-watering prices most manufacturers charge, on account of those huge batteries being mighty expensive to build. The Dacia Spring was an affordable EV exception, but wasn’t sold on my side of the English Channel. That’s now changed in time for an extensive mid-life refresh, with UK order books now open for the first time.

Europe’s most wallet-friendly electric car starts from just £14,995 on the road, with pre-orders open right now on the Dacia website ahead of deliveries in October.

It has been given an overhauled exterior, more tech-savvy interior and a trio of trim levels for 2024, while keeping the same bargain pricing that made the first one an ideal urban traveller. It looks especially slick from the front, with Dacia’s new logo now front and centre of a pared-back bumper.

Dacia has also ditched the roof rails found on the pre-facfelift car, largely because OG Spring customers just weren’t using ’em for the short hops the car was best suited to. That helps save weight, making this the only electric car to weigh less than a tonne – even in top-level trim.

Inside, the dashboard has been entirely replaced with a new screen-centric layout. On entry-level cars infotainment is handled via the steering wheel and displayed on the 7in digital instrument cluster; higher spec models get a separate 10in touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Crucially the Spring is still a car, with four seats, a boot, and stellar 5-star NCAP safety rating; budget-minded electric alternatives like the Citroen Ami are quadricycles, with limited top speeds. That’s not to say you’ll be tearing up the Tarmac behind the wheel of one, though.

Entry-level cars get a 45hp electric motor, which is good for 0-60mph in “less than 20 seconds”, according to Dacia. That’s pretty leisurely. A more powerful 65hp variant drops that sprint time to under 14 seconds. That said, I usually average no more than 5mph through city centres, so performance isn’t really top of my list of wants in a commuter car.

The 26.8kWh battery can manage 136 miles per charge, so you’re not going to be crossing continents in one without a lot of charging breaks, but it’ll easily do the average work commute (in both directions). A smaller battery should mean charging doesn’t take an eternity, either.

The Spring will land in three trim levels. The Essential gets the 7in digital instrument cluster, along with cruise control, rear parking sensors and electric front windows. A mid-level Expression spec gets the more powerful 65hp motor, along with 15in wheels and manual air conditioning.

The top-tier Extreme model adds the separate 10in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav; electric rear windows; copper exterior and interior trim; and a bi-directional charger for topping up other gadgets from the car’s battery.

Only the mid-range Expression or top trim Extreme trims will be sold in the UK. Even the high-end model looks like a bargain, at £16,995 on the road. Both are available to pre-order with a £99 deposit; customers that slap down their cash can then pick from a free £250 charge pass for public top-ups, or the same amount towards accessories or a home charging point.

Profile image of Tom Morgan-Freelander Tom Morgan-Freelander Deputy Editor


A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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