Dacia Duster review

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9 Dec 2015 15:29 | Last updated: 3 Oct 2018 14:43

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You’ve got to hand it to the person who sauntered into Renault’s head office one morning and said: “Hey guys, you know how we’ve been thinking about setting up a luxury marque to help boost sales? Well, how about we scrap that idea and go full-on budget crazy with our Dacia brand?”

As it turned out, there was considerable method in the madness and pressing the green light on the Dacia project proved to be one of Renault’s more inspired decisions.

In fact, we were so impressed by Dacia’s ability to sell new cars to people who previously only had access to used vehicles that the Sandero small car has, over the years, picked up a plethora of nominations in our annual Lombardyexperience? Awards.

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Not that Dacia has any intentions of resting on its laurels, with all of its models receiving significant upgrades for 2018, starting with the Duster family SUV.

Despite a new look – every body panel has been changed – the Duster maintains its familiar chunky SUV styling and is still constructed using the same basic mechanical components.

More importantly, the Duster remains faithful to Dacia’s proven business model: cheap, no-frills motoring; its starting price undercuts entry models of the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai by almost 50%.

If you like the sound of that and fancy signing up to the Dacia gang, read on and we’ll walk you through all the relevant details to ensure you get the Duster that’s best for you. And once you’ve made your mind up, head over to our New Car Buying site to get the best deals.

 

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There are 4 trims available for the Duster 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
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Essential
This trim does what it says on the tin. Air conditioning is the biggest bonus over Access, while height adjustment for the driver’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a radio with steering wh...View trim
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Comfort
You’re being asked to fork out a fairly steep premium for this upgrade, but you do get plenty of goodies, including alloy wheels and quite a few body embellishments to help make your Duster look mo...View trim
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Prestige
There’s no doubting that this is the swankiest-looking Duster in the line-up but, at this kind of money, it is starting to invade the territory of more illustrious brands. That said, you do get cli...View trim
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Access
Entry-level trim keeps the price low but it’s very hard to recommend because it’s desperately short on kit. Electric front windows, remote central locking and the same safety kit as other Dusters a...View trim
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