Rabla 2018: The cheapest cars you can buy through the programme

Aurel Dragan 03/04/2018 | 14:17

The ‘Rabla’ programme started a few weeks ago and it was awaited by many buyers who wanted to access state subsidies to acquire a new car. The programme was of high interest for car sellers as well, since they use Rabla to create new offers every year.

The premium offered by the Ministry of the Environment is RON 6,500 this year, the same it was in the past, which is roughly EUR 1,500. The premium is received for every car older than 8 years and can be used for buying a new car with a propulsion system that generates no more than 130 g of CO2 per km. The state offers a bonus of RON 1,000 if the new car generates emissions of less than 98 g of CO2. Also, for any hybrid cars, there is a bonus of RON 1,700. This year’s budget, of RON 133 million, means that there is enough money for 19,000 new cars, less than in 2017, when 28,366 old cars were traded in the program.

BR decided to find the cheapest cars available on the market right now.

Surprisingly, Dacia is nor the cheapest car, not even with the Sandero model, the smallest of Dacia vehicles, or Logan, the cheapest. Logan SL Plus, with a 1.0 liter SCe engine and 73 HP (horse power) starts form EUR 6,480 (VAT included), while Sandero SL Plus with the same engine costs EUR 6,690.

A better deal would be the Duster Essential model, with a 1.5 dCI engine and 110 HP and two wheel drive, at EUR 12,650. Or even better, at least for family cars, would be a Logan MCV SL Plus, which costs EUR 7,450, but the downside is that the engine (1.0 liter) might be too small.

The cheapest car on the market is Citroen C1, a small car with four doors but basically no trunk. Nevertheless, it is a good car for urban driving and it costs EUR 5,429. Unfortunately the price does not include VAT, so the final price (if you are not a company) is EUR 6,460, just a bit lower than the much larger Logan. Including VAT, the cheapest car is Skoda Citigo Advantage, at EUR 5,850, a car that just as small as C1. Also, Ford Ka+ can be bought at EUR 6,700.

Going up in size, closer to Sandero, we can find Citroen C3 at EUR 7,450, Skoda Fabia at EUR 7,600, Opel Corsa at EUR 7,870 and Volkswagen Polo at EUR 9,300. There is also the Suzuki Swift at EUR 8,700 and Renault Clio at EUR 7,950.

As we can see, there are many deals for cars under EUR 10,000 and just as many for vehicles with prices between EUR 10,000 and 20,000.

Opel Crossland X is at EUR 10,390 and Opel Astra Sedan with 1.4 Turbo engine is EUR 11,720. Suzuki Vitara S Allgrip starts at EUR 18,499, while Volkswagen T-Roc is at EUR 14,490. You can even get a Volkswagen Passat for EUR 19,155, or a Volkswagen Golf at EUR 12,020. A Mazda 3 Sport G120 comes in at EUR 18,020.


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