The Dacia Duster is a budget-priced SUV that’s usefully bigger than cars such as the Renault Captur, and only fractionally shorter than the big-selling Nissan Qashqai. In its most basic trims it’s a lot cheaper than either of them and that, of course, is its main attraction.
The model range is quite small, with just two engines available, although Duster buyers can choose between front- and four-wheel drive.
Trim levels range from incredibly basic, with less equipment than most other new cars on sale, to adequate. However, the downside of Dacia’s low prices and no-frills character is that there are few, if any, discounts offered on new models.
Because of its combination of an unusually low price and the availability of four-wheel drive, the Duster has few direct rivals. The most obvious alternatives are the Citroën C4 Cactus and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross but at the Duster’s price, smaller SUVs and hatchbacks might also be on your shopping list.
Read on for everything you need to know about the Dacia Duster before buying one, including our recommendations for the best trim level and engine to choose.