For The range-topping Laureate spec brings lots of desirable features, including alloy wheels, air-conditioning and rear electric windows.
Against Stability control is still only a cost option and you can't specify curtain airbags. This limited safety equipment contributed to the Duster's disappointing three-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.
What Car? says
Laureate trim is our favourite, but we reckon the cheaper front-wheel-drive model will be all the car most buyers need.
What Car? readers say
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Target Price team says:
The Duster’s chief attraction is its low price – it undercuts the similarly sized Nissan Qashqai by thousands – but we wouldn’t recommend the cheapest version; you don’t even get a radio, for example. In fact, the list prices are so cheap that it arguably makes sense to buy the dearest model – which is still far cheaper than the cheapest Nissan Qashqai.
Part of the Dacia’s attraction will also be its simple buying process: you can’t haggle on the fixed prices, and there’s a very simple list of options/accessories.
Reader test team says:
Don't believe all you read about "The Duster" my opinion of this car is as good as it gets, it really is on the money, although its very early doors…
We test drove a diesel version but ordered a petrol 4x4 and have regretted it since taking ownership. The petrol lacks power to give any sort of…
The car I own does have the ability to fold the rear seats completly flat but re arranging the seat belt buckles afterwards is very difficult, the…