Seven dwarfs

What can we expect of cars that cost less than 10,000 euros? Quite a lot, as this colorful comparison test shows


With a base price of 6,990 euros is the Dacia Sandero by far the cheapest offer on the market. But cheap does not dispense the same in this case. For the Sandero with a total length of 4.02 meters, the largest car in this comparison test. It is longer on average a full 40 centimeters than the other, dominated the shortest in the test (Daihatsu Cuore) by nearly 60 centimeters. So it is no surprise that the Sandero in space has the edge, but he is actually almost the compact class and not to the little ones or little ones.

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in the comparison test he goes by the only really friendly five-seater and then holds even 320 liters of boot space available (with the rear seats folded: 1,200 liters). However, you would look forward to long trips over something more comfortable and less sweaty seats that provide better support. So you slide during cornering now and then sideways out of the seat. For sporty one should with the Dacia Sandero in any case do not drive, because an ESP there is not even an extra cost.

In material quality and processing of the Dacia meets simple requirements. Many switches and levers are from the mass of the parent company Renault, and so does the engine and transmission left a solid impression. Only at very high speeds, the 1.2-liter four-cylinder is noticeable. At 6.8 liters per 100 km, the Dacia consumes the most, but also is supplying enough power. The more powerful 1.6-liter engine with 85 hp, which is available only from the Lauréate equipment (9,990 euros), you could miss most on the highway beyond pace the 130th

Already in the first meters it is clear that everything is designed for comfort. Especially on poor roads and gravel roads, the Romanian can score with French genes. Here even deep potholes lose their terror, for the soft suspension ironing her good-natured smooth. In the dynamic you have to make this sacrifice. Too large, the steering wheel angle to indirectly the reactions of steering and suspension to swaying of the body movements.

Although the Sandero achieved one of the best lap times on the handling course, but that is only possible to the professional who knows how to use the active load change reactions. Normal drivers are so overwhelmed quickly in an emergency, and a saving ESP does not exist for the Dacia Sandero. In addition, the braking performance could be better. For that wins the Sandero the cost valuation hands down, because behind the 6990 Euro hiding even after closer examination, no catch. And the running costs are not higher than the rivals for Dacia drivers.

We continue on the next page with the Daihatsu Cuore 1.0


Admittedly the adult Dacia Sandero (4.02 meters overall length) and only 3.46 meters short Daihatsu to pit against each other in a comparison test is daring. But the 9,490 euro expensive Japanese is reflected in the test is not bad. But the space, which he hides in just five square meters of area can be seen. Crowded you feel because of the lush headroom actually nowhere - also because the rear passengers enter their own doors and the rear seats can slide almost to the tailgate backwards.

So opens Cuore rear limo experience to your legs-crossing your. not much remains, however, remain in this position from the trunk. 160 liters of luggage must meet the four occupants. but can look from large, steep side windows and lean against the super-fluffy cuddly seats that somehow exude charm Camping from the 70s. On bad roads, the Daihatsu is quickly overwhelmed - especially if it is loaded. Then riders must every now and then even endure the disruptive suspension, which actually really confidently feels on flat slopes.

Its low weight of only 858 kg it shows the Cuore immediately. Almost sporting the three-cylinder can push the box with only 69 hp, always growling pithy, but swings just tough to maximum speeds on. Driving pleasure bring direct, if somewhat synthetic steering and crisp gear whose switching paths are somewhat long. but, on the handling course shows quickly that the experienced dynamic is only a subjective impression.

About five seconds is the Cuore in lap time behind the competition, which is mainly due to the poor traction. Too much, the body rolls in curves outwardly and relieves the inner front wheel. In addition, the car pushes changes in direction over the turned articulated 15-inch wheels that are too narrow for fast laps with 165 millimeters. But they help the small Daihatsu Cuore the best average fuel consumption in the group.

With 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, it can settle at similar performance from competitors with start-stop technology - followed by the Ford Ka The equipment list designed to class usually quite clear, the high charge for the security package strikes.. While there is next to the ESP and head and knee airbags, but only from the expensive top-end features (collectively, 32.90 euros). For this Daihatsu now shines with a five-year warranty to 150,000 km away. However: Those who opt for the Daihatsu, should know that the manufacturers in 2013 withdraws from the German market. 130 service centers are to be retained.

We continue on the next page with the Ford Ka 1.2


The Ka is a woman favorite. The tight proportions, the bright colors and the fresh interior leave the Cologne hearts by storm. Or perhaps is also because of the Italian genes, because the smallest ford shares a base with the Fiat 500. But it is not just emotional benefits that the ka speak. In addition to the very well-made chassis and high-performance plastics in the interior - in the quality he only the Kia has to admit defeat - offer the front seats outstanding long-distance comfort, even if you have to get used to the use of the differently shaped switch a little longer.

Plenty of space and very comfortable seats there are, however, only the beginning. Rear limit the flat roofline and the thick lateral flanks any freedom of movement. In addition, the boarding in the rear is a Verrenkungsakt, for the Ka is still getting only as a three-door. Also the trunk (224-710 liters) can not just be loaded by the exemplary small hatch and the nested bed.

On the road, the Ford can totally convincing. The chassis is pleasantly comfortable and can be themselves of consecutive bumps do not bring calm, it always reacts with sensitive compression and rebound. It nevertheless remains sporty and firm. And the Ka leaves of all tested cars here so the easiest and fastest steered around the twisty handling course - even better than the Dacia Sandero and the Kia Picanto. In addition, the crisp, short circuit very well dosed brake and the authentic feedback from the direct steering assist.

The and the shortest wheelbase in the test also ensure the fastest slalom run. The Ka scurries so ragged around the pylons that the work is a real pleasure behind the wheel. Precisely for this reason you could wish for in Ford Ka more efficient. Although he is 69 bhp in no way weaker than the others, but his considerable traction and dynamic reserves make it more than others seem underpowered. The consumption certify his reticence engine - 5.5 liters are 100 km on average in the log.

Here, the otherwise completely inconspicuous and very quiet running 1.2-liter four-cylinder in the state is automatically switched off. As with competitors offering Ford (9,700 euros) for the purposes of AZ-standard equipment is by no means complete. ESP rate costs 360 euros extra, and power windows must be resorted to 1,000 euros more expensive trend equipment. 1,200 euro are once again due for air conditioning and radio, making a reasonably equipped Ford Ka quickly cracks the 13,000 euro mark.

We continue on the next page with the Hyundai i10 1.1

HYUNDAI i10 1.1

just Hyundai provides with a starting price of 10,290 euros the most expensive car in the test field of the Seven Dwarfs, and is the only one above the 10,000 euro threshold. Because here a few crosses to the standard equipment of the AUTOZEITUNG must be made, remains the i10 also reasonable equipped (13,820 euros) to the most expensive. But he has a surprising amount of interior space for its length of just 3.56 meters. Front to sit comfortably and upright like a much larger car, albeit with a slightly elevated seating position and less lateral support.

Only the hard edge of the highly specified shift console reduces the comfort and knee clearance for taller riders. Rear one can couple complain any more about the lack of overhead or lateral freedom. also are commendable, the solid build quality of the body and interior as well as the peppy shaped, but not exaggerated material mixture in the dashboard with large, clear buttons. With 225 to 925 liters, the i10 has one of the richest storage under the mini car. Due to the large, round door and the flat loading sill can be loaded this also quite simple. And on top of that one has a better overview because of less rundgelutschten body shape and the large rear window.

With the chassis, the Koreans put on comfort. Can the Hyundai i10 win a flowerpot on the handling course with its neutral but slightly understeering driving behavior and the somewhat spongy steering, will comfort lovers on the balanced suspension happy that is not going well for heavier load to its knees. No credit, however, the i10 delivers with the second-worst brake values ​​in the test.

Compared with the three-cylinder engines of the competitors of the 1.1-liter four-cylinder Hyundai goes strongly to the point at low speeds. In the elasticity measurement in fifth gear he drives all competitors it. So one saves when overtaking in Hyundai one or the other handle to lever which flits Although crisp, but every now and then somewhat imprecise through the streets. In everyday life, the noise level by good insulation remains low, the engine makes itself at higher touring acoustically noticeable.

In the state we hear from the outside, only the cute bubbling out of the small exhaust. On the test consumption Round demanded the Hyundai i10 reasonable on average 5.8 liters of premium petrol per 100 kilometers. So the running costs as Hyundai remain usual low, and good warranty conditions make the i10 has a slightly higher base price a fair offer, but still no winners.

We continue on the next page with the Kia Picanto 1.0


Although the Hyundai i10 originate and Kia Picanto of a group, so they are related to each other, but the new Kia Picanto is a completely different car. In body shape and interior you can find common ground in any case hardly although wheelbase and external dimensions are nearly identical. The younger Kia looks fresher and is available for only 9,390 Euros considerably cheaper in the shop window. On top of that it offers for the price an impressive standard equipment (daytime running lights, head and side airbags), which improved in the only 640 euros more expensive vision equipment, in the lush tipped Spirit variant (12,390 euros) even almost completed.

In this challenge, it seems almost insulting that the Picanto also still makes the most sophisticated impression. In no other opponents you sit so comfortably and has such a large and sophisticated cockpit in front of him. Useful shelves are plentiful, and the appearance of materials and workmanship is absolutely top quality for this price range. The space is right front and rear, with the rear door openings are cut slightly narrower than that of Hyundai and passengers have to move your feet when boarding.

That one there in Kia can withstand well over long distances, is also due to the lowest noise and the excellent suspension comfort. On stretches of motorway sufficiently strict interpretation, on bad roads the absorbance of the suspension, which does not decrease even when loaded like. the crisp circuit and the precise steering bring real pleasure on country roads. Thanks to it, the Picanto can move playfully through the handling course and slalom lane.

he never can bring calm here, all commands implements kind, pushes the limit only slightly above the front wheels. However, the rolling resistance tires, which also carries the Hyundai provide, for the worst values ​​in braking test (43 meters). In contrast to Hyundai, the base engine is a 1.1 liter four-cylinder, should the Kia Picanto rely on a one-liter three-cylinder. What on paper for the lowest carbon dioxide emissions (99g / km) makes in the test field, there is no advantage in practice.

On the near-daily consumption round of testing the Hyundai engine does not require more fuel, but has a less hard. For maximum performance of the three-cylinder requires significantly higher speeds. Nevertheless, the performance are at the same level. can really score the little Kia in cost chapter. After Dacia, who competes with an outrageously low base price, moults of Picanto including seven year warranty at the best offer in this class and won in the end the overall victory.

We continue on the next page with the Renault Twingo 1.2 16V


Even if he does not come up in charm and charisma of his predecessor built for 14 years (until 2007), it brings the Renault Twingo still fresh wind and good humor in the Dwarf class. Whether to painted flowers on the B-pillar, the huge panoramic sunroof (850 euros) or the exotic instrumentation located in the cockpit, is another question. The processing of body and interior is certainly very presentable succeeded, even if the otherwise high-quality blend acts in the cockpit a bit thrown together.

Place one has an astonishing amount in French, which is available only in three-door still. But even in the second row can you stand it as a great Grown. This is partly due to the lack of center console that extends into other cars far back and the leg constrict, on the other hand the clever seating concept. As the only in the test is the Twingo equipped with four individual seats, whereby even the rear can be moved individually along. Minimal so remains a boot volume of 165 liters. Are rear seats and front passenger seat folded down, the cargo hold is growing to an impressive 951 liters and then even swallows bulky goods. However, there is a lack of useful shelves, and the rear windows do not open.

The Twingo will be a corner racer, it shows the first few meters. Large steering angle and the strong body roll in tight bends leave the car appear larger and slower than it actually is. So it rolls while safely, quickly and with good traction through the handling course, but remains far from the fastest time a Ford Ka despite more power. For this, the comfort is right. Fully loaded as he swallows French-typical self undulating slopes and cobblestones.

As with the Dacia the 1.2-liter, four-cylinder engine is the matching entry of the Renault: brand new face. Here, however, the drive acts powerful, can be wide power band better bring to bear and achieved at the end of the highest speed (169 km / h). Together with the good switchable transmission and the reasonable drinking habits (5.7 liters) can secure the Twingo 1.2 16V just under the chapter victory.

Another award, the French are allowed to attach for the best braking performance on the lapel. Either cold or with hot driven brake Twingo delayed exemplary and stable. the little Renault is fair equipped for the starting price of 9,990 euros. Gratifying that additional safety features such as ESP (300 euros) or head (380 euros) and side (280 euros) are also favorable for the entry-level engine. At the end of Renault lands even on the podium - third place for the Twingo.

We continue on the next page with the Suzuki Alto 1.0


Its base price of 8,990 euros at their qualifying the Suzuki Alto a real special offer, he is after Dacia's second cheapest offer in this comparison test. With the AUTOZEITUNG standard equipment fitted - ESP (700 euros), air conditioning (1,000 euros), metallic paint (350 euros) - it remains near the 10,000-euro mark (10,340 euros) and thus even at a bargain king. Therefore you have to make compromises in space. 129 liters are not enough - rarely a test candidate receives in AUTOZEITUNG zero points for the trunk volume.

So drivers and passengers can sit comfortably and the steering wheel will not hang between the thighs, the seats must be pushed far back, reducing the leg room in the second row on a frightening minimum of just five centimeters. Also up one should not expect too much movement in the rear seats - the hard cover of the trunk lid mounting acts unintentionally as a headrest for taller passengers.

Apart from the soft pads are front and rear sufficiently comfortable, and the rear passengers can climb into the back of their own doors (only Opening windows). The plastics of dashboard and door panels, however, affect the cheapest in the test and cook even chemical fragrances from sunlight. In addition, some shelves in the hard and brittle plastic landscape are useless because objects slide around, rattle and even fall out. That in this price range is much better himself, to show all the other competitors impressive.

built the Suzuki Alto in India and also for the local market, you can tell by his good-natured suspension. It forgives larger potholes and cope with ever five or more trained personnel on board. Buyer but also the ESP should be ordered necessarily, because the Suzuki Alto surprised on the handling course with vivid load change reactions. The engine has with additional ballast no problem, although the one-liter three-cylinder runs a little rough, but mobilized enough speed amazing power reserves and accelerates the Alto faster than the competition to highway speed (12.9 seconds).

For savers, the unit does not count. as much as the much larger, heavier and more powerful Dacia Sandero about - despite the mini-wheels in size 155/65 R 14 and only 888 kg curb weight, the Suzuki begrudge average 6.5 liters. So does the low price solely from the Alto no top offer. Because in the end he has to mainly because of the limited space and the moderate processing all competitors admit defeat.
Markus Schönfeld

Read on the next page: The verdict


The world of automobile New cars under 10,000 euros is busy pleasing colorful. It begins with the dwarves Suzuki Alto and Daihatsu Cuore, which are quite suitable for cars, despite their mini-dimensions. Above all, the Cuore has moved to the heart of the testers for its easygoing and smart implementation of the micro-car concept. A head-to-head race Hyundai i10, Ford Ka and Renault Twingo to deliver.

The i10 impresses with plenty of space, solid workmanship and good variability, but does not escape unscathed in the driving dynamics and lands in fifth place. The handling of the Ford Ka in this class call the shots, he scurries up to fourth place. A good compromise found the French. They bring the Twingo with a four-seater concept podium.

Even more space has the Dacia Sandero, the entry-level engine is very good. However, you still must therefore dispense with an ESP and in the first place. There has now set the new Kia Picanto, which proves with many clever details, good use of space and impressive quality, that even in the Priced at 10,000 euros have to do without anything.


For a detailed view of test results, click on the individual graphics.