Dacia Duster 1.5 Dci 110 Prestige 5Dr Diesel Estate
Body: Estate Year: 17/17
Colour: Metallic - Mercury
Fuel Type: Diesel
Quote Reference Number: 0BR-512603
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- Insurance Group12E
- Performance (BHP)109
- Number of Seats5
- CO2 (g/km)116
- Road Tax£140
|Electric front windows|
|Electric rear windows|
|Heated rear window|
|3 speed windscreen wipers|
|ABS + EBD + EBA|
|ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control|
|Cruise control + speed limiter|
|Outside temperature gauge|
|Service interval indicator|
|Multi function trip computer|
|Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors|
|Dark metal door mirrors|
|Black centre console|
|Chrome air vent surrounds|
|Piano black decorative inserts|
|Chrome instrument dial surround|
|Dark Carbon centre console surround|
|DAB Digital radio|
|4x20W radio/MP3 with aux input|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour door handles|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Front door sill tread strips|
|Chrome front grille|
|Chrome trim on tailgate|
|Satin chrome roof bars|
|Satin chrome scuff plates|
|Satin chrome side sills|
|Front fog lights|
|Double optic headlights|
|Daytime running lights|
|Manual air conditioning|
|Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan|
|Leather steering wheel|
|Height adjustable steering wheel|
|Fabric door trim|
|Chrome effect insert to gearknob|
|Satin chrome interior door handles|
|Chrome steering wheel logo surround|
|Gear shift indicator|
|Satin chrome steering wheel inserts|
|Charcoal grey steering wheel inserts|
|Rear reading lights|
|Front reading lights|
|MediaNav Multimedia System pack - Duster|
|Front seatbelt pretensioners|
|Height adjustable front seatbelts|
|Front side airbags|
|Three 3 point rear seatbelts|
|Door open warning|
|Driver/Front Passenger airbags|
|Child locks on rear doors|
|Front passenger airbag deactivation|
|Front seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings|
|Tyre pressure monitor|
|Front seat back map pockets|
|Height adjustable front headrests|
|Driver's seat height adjustment|
|3 rear height adjustable headrests|
|Isofix on 2nd row outer seats|
|60/40 split folding rear seat|
|Remote central locking|
|Automatic door locking|
|Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror|
|Wheels - Alloy|
|16" Tyrol diamond-cut alloy wheels|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
Simon Roberts, General Manager
Ten Second Review
A new car for the price of a secondhand one is always a tempting prospect and when it's as smartly styled and capable as Dacia's Duster, the concept becomes particularly appealing. Undercutting rival models in the Crossover and small SUV 4x4 segments by an enormous amount, this Romanian budget brand uses proven Renault engineering to create a very likeable product that could prove ideal as back-up family transport. Recent improvements include the addition of an optional EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox, plus the availability of a more powerful 125bhp TCe petrol engine at the top of the range. Otherwise, the basic recipe's pretty much unchanged. Dig down the back of the sofa for some money and join the queue to try one.
Romanian maker Dacia's modern era really started in 1999 with the purchase of the company by Renault. The French marque's master plan was to create a nameplate able to take Renault technology and apply it to modern products saleable at astonishing low prices. Cars like this one, the Dacia Duster. Old-era Dacias were Renault models built under licence. Modern ones have unique Dacia design with Renault running gear under the skin, this particular car targeting the growing market for Qashqai-like Crossovers designs and RAV4-style compact SUVs. These are vehicles which tend to be priced anywhere between £18,000 and £30,000 depending on your preferences, figures way beyond the frankly astonishing entry-level price for this Duster. Less than £10,000 gets you a baseline model, with even the top 4x4 diesel version costing 25% or more less than comparable rivals. Which would be irrelevant if cheap also meant 'nasty'. But it doesn't. It can't. Dacia knows that the opposition can't get near its pricing but it's also aware that if the quality and execution of this product isn't up to snuff, many potential buyers will rightly see a comparably-priced secondhand late low mileage Crossover or small 4x4 as a better bet. So will that be true? Or is the UK's most affordable 4x4 as impressive in practice as it is in price? It's certainly better equipped to win over the doubters now that its been equipped with the option of EDC auto transmission and at the top of the range, a far more modern 125bhp 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine.
Cut back on cost and you also cut back on expectations. Admit it - you didn't think the Duster was going to be any good at all to drive. It may well come as quite a surprise then, to learn that this Dacia has the sort of ride/handling compromise that would shame rivals many thousands of pounds more expensive. 2WD is standard fare unless you pay an all-wheel drive premium for a variant like the one we tried. It's well worth considering. The extra cash gets you an impressive Nissan-engineered three-mode system, selectable via a rotary controller in front of the gear stick. Most of the time you'll be in '2WD', but in wet or icy conditions, there's the peace of mind of being able to switch seamlessly to 'Auto' so that extra traction will automatically cut in when necessary. For mud-plugging meanwhile, you'll want to keep all wheels turning permanently by switching to the 'Lock' setting. It's in these kinds of conditions that you'll appreciate the useful 210mm of ground clearance and the impressive clearance angles. As for engines, well the entry-level 1.6-litre SCe petrol unit is these a better bet in Euro6 115bhp form. That's if you can't stretch to the 110bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel we tried which, when mated to 2WD models, now comes with the option of EDC auto transmission. At the top of the range, a 125bhp 1.2-litre TCe petrol unit is now an option on upper-spec variants.
Design and Build
As for the design, well not a great deal's changed with the latest versions of this car. There's quite a stylish chrome front grille made up of two layers of four small intakes surrounding the brand logo. And all versions have 'Duster' branded roof bars - chromed on Laureate models. At the rear, a black tailgate trim with 'Duster' branding sits above the number plate. Laureate versions have smarter alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and dark metal door mirror casings. As ever, the look isn't typically compact-SUV generic, with a glasshouse shallower than that of some rivals, a kicked-up rear window line and a wheelbase that appears longer than it is. At the wheel, there's smarter trim and upholstery than you might expect for the price - it's been recently upgraded - and, as before, you sit in front of a basic two-dial instrument binnacle with orange LCD bar graphs for temperature and fuel level. On seats that are very comfortable and offer decent all-round vision limited only by the upswept rear windows and thick pillars. Of course, if you look for them, there are signs of cost-cutting, but everything's been decently put together and the boot's a decent size, offering 475-litres in the 2WD model, much bigger than the 416-litre litres you'd get in a rival Skoda Yeti. Bear in mind though that with this Dacia, that figure that falls to 408-litres if you go for a 4x4 model, courtesy of this variant's proper full-sized spare wheel. Drop down the rear bench (which split-folds only on plusher models) and you can increase that figure to 1,636-litres. As for rear seat accommodation, well, there's actually more space here than you'd find in most compact 4x4s, with reasonable levels of head, leg and shoulder room for two and, on shorter journeys, even for three.
Market and Model
While the thought of owning a trendy compact SUV/Crossover-style model for less than £10,000 might be the thing that gets people into Dacia showrooms, the car that satisfied prospective buyers end up driving out of them will probably require a very differently-sized cheque. Still one though, that'll offer a considerable saving on comparable models from other brands. There are now three spec levels on offer - 'Access', 'Air' and 'Nav+' trims. Though the baseline 'Access'-specification Duster might be fine if all you want is basic, no-frills transport at supermini pricing, it does come very frugally trimmed: aside from remote central locking with an immobiliser, electric windows, roof bars and tinted glass, its spec is spartan: it doesn't even have a radio! It also has only two driven wheels, unless you pay a £2,000 premium for the 4WD version. Either way, you have to have the 1.6-litre Sce petrol engine. We think that most buyers of this kind of car are going to need at least a few basic niceties - air conditioning, body-coloured bumpers, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a split-folding rear seat for example. And they're probably also going to want the 110bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine that's fitted to all but entry-level Dusters. Mid-spec 'Air' trim gives you all that in a diesel model for an £11,000 budget and, once again, you can choose to find another couple of thousand for 4WD if you want it. Top 'Nav+' trim gives you Dacia's 'MediaNav' Evolution infotainment package (a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation), rear-parking sensors plus a rear camera and 16-inch 'Tyrol' alloy wheels. It also features electric rear windows, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, an on-board computer, aleather steering wheel and 'Graphite' cloth upholstery.
Cost of Ownership
You'll find the Duster not only inexpensive to buy but similarly cheap to keep on the road. True, the 1.6-litre SCe petrol model isn't especially efficient, but its returns have been improved in Euro6 115bhp guise. Here, you can expect 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and 145g/km of CO2 in 2WD form, or 41.5mpg and 155g/km of CO2 if you opt for 4WD. For some buyers though, only a diesel will do. With a Dacia 1.5-litre dCi, you'll see 64.2mpg and 115g/km from a front-driver and 60.1mpg and 123g/km if you want drive going to each corner. By driving the prices far lower than the competition, Dacia also effectively pops a cap on depreciation, especially as the Renault-sourced dealer network has a firm 'no discounting' policy. Insurance? The 1.6-litre petrol-engined car is a very modest Group 6E on the 1-50 scale, while the diesel is a little costlier to cover, weighing in at Group 10A. As for peace of mind, well Dacia has chosen to cock a snook at the Koreans by - and I quote - 'deciding not to force buyers into paying a premium for a longer warranty they might not want'. You may disagree, but at least if you do, you've the option of extending the standard 3 year/60,000 mile cover with an affordably-priced five or seven year policy.
Electric front windows, ABS + EBD + EBA, PAS, Stop/start system, Outside temperature gauge, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Black centre console, DAB Digital radio, Body colour door handles...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||11.8|
|Engine Power - BHP||109|
|Engine Power - KW||80|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||4000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||192|
|Engine Torque - MKG||26.5|
|Engine Torque - NM||260|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1750|
|CO2 (g/km)||115 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||75|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 6|
|EC Combined (mpg)||64.2|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||65.7|
|EC Urban (mpg)||62.8|
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