The Dacia Duster is more than just a new car, it’s the UK’s introduction to a new brand - Dacia - that's owned by Renault and comes with the emphasis very much on bargain prices.
The Duster is pretty much the same size as the Nissan Qashqai, but whereas even the cheapest version of the Japanese car costs more than £16,000, prices for the Duster start at just £8995. Even the dearest Dacia – with four-wheel drive, alloy wheels and air-conditioning – costs just £14,995.
The Duster range includes petrol and diesel engines (both with the choice of two- or – for £2000 more – four-wheel drive), but the 1.6-litre petrol unit is reserved for the most basic models, in Access trim. Stepping up to Ambiance or Laureate trims brings the 1.5-litre diesel engine as well as the extra kit.
Access models come with steel wheels, roof bars, electric front windows and four airbags, while Ambiance cars add a stereo with aux-in socket, Bluetooth, split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and body-coloured bumpers in exchange for a £2500 higher list price.
Laureate is the top trim, and – with alloy wheels, air-conditioning and rear electric windows, as well as a smarter look inside and out – is expected to be the top seller in the UK. Little wonder when it costs from just £12,995.
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