Dacia Spring, aboard the cheapest electric car

Dacia Spring, aboard the cheapest electric car

Dacia Spring

A battery of just over 27 kilowatt hours, a power of 44 horsepower, a complete infotainment (including the rear view camera for maneuvers): the Romanian crossover beats all competitors in terms of convenience

We tested on the roads in the center of Milan the new Dacia Spring, the most accessible electric car on the market with its € 9460 net of eco-incentives.

A new balance between horses and autonomy

Less is more, could be the expression that best identifies Dacia Spring. Its weight of only 970 kilograms allows Dacia Spring to settle for an electric motor capable of delivering just 44 horsepower. Few? No. Of course, forget about anti-gravity accelerations. But the torque of 125 newtons per meter, available instantly, still guarantees a recovery at stop and traffic lights on a par with many combustion cars.

Once you drive you feel on a par with many other motorists, thanks to the high seat. The ground clearance of 15 centimeters also confirms this sensation. A height that makes Spring usable even in less urban contexts such as dirt roads or the slightly bumpy ones in the countryside. After all, its 27.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery allows it to travel up to 230 WLTP kilometers in a mixed cycle. Autonomy that in Eco mode can touch 305.

A gritty crossover design

Spring is a true city car. Its dimensions are compact: 3.73 meters long, 1.77 meters wide (with mirrors open) and 1.51 meters high. But the broad shoulders and the curved hood convey a sense of robustness and interior spaciousness. As the new style of electric cars wants, Dacia Spring also finds the vehicle grille, the daytime running lights and the Dacia emblem in a single element. The blister packs on the wheel arches and the protective inserts on the side panels underline the off-road spirit.

The interiors of the New Spring electric crossover also offer a version at launch that stands out for its orange color customizations: the roof bars, door stickers and the edges of the air intakes are colored or finished in orange. Inside too, the seams of the seats, the edges of the air vents and the multimedia screen are orange while the door paneling is glossy gray.

This small crossover offers an interesting interior space. The front seats can accommodate considerable heights since the writer is close to 2 meters in height. The space on the folding rear bench is also considerable. The important thing is that sitting in the front is not too high. The trunk with the best load capacity in the category is 290 liters. The spaciousness of the interior, thanks also to the 23 liters of storage compartments, contributes to general comfort. While the small engine allows it to have a steering angle of 4.8 meters.

The 7-inch ttouchscreen

Essential, but complete infotainment

The standard equipment, on all versions marketed at launch, includes electric variable assistance steering, manual climate control, remote central locking, electric windows, automatic lighting, speed limiter (with steering wheel control) and a 3.5-inch digital display between rev counter.

Available depending on the trim level, the Media Nav multimedia system includes a 7-inch touchscreen, navigator, DAB radio, Smartphone Replication compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, bluetooth and a USB socket. Enough noise filters into the passenger compartment even at low speeds.

How to recharge

The versatility of charging is also important. It can be recharged at 2.3 kilowatt household sockets, 3.7 kilowatt wallbox, 7.4 kilowatt column or wallbox. Using the 30 kilowatt direct current columns, 80 percent of the battery is recharged in less than an hour.

The Dacia Spring charging point

The two versions available

The Italian offer includes a very simple range consisting of 2 trim levels: Comfort and Comfort Plus. The Comfort Plus also has the metallic color, the navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen display and Bluetooth, the smartphone replication, the parking sensors with rear camera and customizations in orange. The list price starts from 19,900 euros, but reaches 9460 euros with scrapping incentives (you must have a Euro 4 or earlier car for at least 12 months), 10,960 euros for the Plus model.

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