In a few months, Spring prices have increased, with an increase of almost €4,000! Is its positioning still interesting?
Since early November, the Dacia Spring is on display from €20,800, excluding bonuses. That’s a new increase of €1,000 since the new range was introduced in June! If prices increased a little in 2021, the marketing year, they increased in 2022. Since the beginning of the year, this is the fifth increase!
When it was launched, the basic Comfort version cost €16,990. In February 2022, it was €17,390, a reasonable evolution of €400 after several months of marketing. But then it was €17,690 in March, €18,690 in April, €19,290 in May and €19,800 in June. In a year and a half, the vehicle has therefore increased by €3,810, an increase of almost 25%.
It is huge, more so for a model that plays a cheap electric card, and shows the price lower and lower! It should be noted that Dacia does not seek to increase prices because the car is successful. The brand has gone through many increases affecting production, including transportation (the car comes from China), energy and of course raw materials. A good part of the increase in car prices is explained by the flight cost of batteries.
Competitors have also raised their prices
But going from 16,990 to 20,800 € in a short time is not that important. And this may call into question the interest rate of the vehicle, which was promised at launch as the cheapest electric car on the market. Determined that it is a question of a “real” car, with four seats. Citroën Ami is shown from 7,790 €, but it is a light quadricycle, a two-seater limited to 45 km / h and has little autonomy. If the Spring has a moderate engine, with a block of 45 hp, it has a good autonomy in the WLTP mixed cycle, 230 km.
There is no false suspense, the price may have been revised upwards, the Spring still retains its title of the cheapest new electric car on the market. Because at the same time, other electric cars have also seen their prices increase, with inflation affecting the entire automotive market.
Renault’s cousin, the Twingo E-Tech, is now priced from €24,050. At the start of the year, it started at €21,550, or a €2,500 increase over the year. The basic version of the Twingo is even without air conditioning, standard in the Spring. The Renault also has less autonomy, with 190 km in the combined cycle, but with more tone thanks to an 82 hp block. Note that the French have a less economical design, which provides additional driving safety.
In the offer of stylish small city cars, with four seats, we can also look at the Volkswagen Up (the Seat and Skoda cousins are gone). It has also seen its prices rise, of course, to a lesser extent, but it starts at €26,040. The autonomy is however higher, 260 km. Note that Volkswagen has announced a takeover offer of 550 €, which slightly lowers the price, not negotiable with Dacia.
In terms of price, Spring therefore maintains its distance from its European rivals. Because a new threat is looming, China’s threat. Many brands from the Middle Kingdom wanted to enter the Old Continent market by cutting prices. On the lot, LeapMotor, which has a T03 city car on the shelf. The importer is currently quoting a price excluding bonus of €25,990.
But the equipment is more complete than the Spring, with for example a 10.1-inch touch screen, a wide roof, front/rear parking sensors. The battery is also bigger, 44 kWh, against 26.8 kWh for the Spring! The model is therefore more versatile. However, you need a distribution network, an area where Dacia has no problem attracting and securing customers.
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Second hand is a good alternative
For those looking for the cheapest new electric car possible, especially to reduce their fuel budget, Spring remains important, especially since there is a bonus (up to €5,967, 27% of the purchase price) and a scrapping bonus of €2,500 , or even €5,000 for the simplest households.
Competition can arise from occasion. In this aspect, with almost 4,000 € increase for services and unchanged equipment, Spring is not so well placed now and there is reason to doubt.
Of course, you need to take your time searching, especially since second-hand models sell out quickly. But with a few clicks, for example, we found an ad online for a 2020 Skoda Citigo, with 260 km of autonomy, and 10,000 km on the clock for less than 17,000 €. A 2020 Seat Mii with 16,500 km is less than €15,000.
Not to mention the majority of announcements from Renault Zoé, where you should beware of prices that do not include the battery. There is starting to be a wide choice, with low prices on the oldest models, which however have limited autonomy in real conditions… but not far from the current Spring. Updated models with 41 kWh batteries are a good compromise. The Zoé has the advantage of being more spacious and more comfortable.
The opportunity has the advantage of being available immediately, and benefits from a bonus of €1,000.