Dacia Duster 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr Review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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RRP £11,245What Car? Target Price£11,141
Review

The headline news about the Dacia Duster range is its ultra-low starting price – far lower than any family SUV rival. But we recommend the mid-level Comfort trim, which is priced inline with an MG ZS, but the Duster will still end up costing you less to run over three years. It has some obvious shortcomings, such as its so-so handling and low-rent interior, but if you want cheap, no-frills motoring with more than enough everyday practicality, it's unrivalled.

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Trim: 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 the only real luxury, because otherwise you get black bumpers, a one-piece folding rear seat bench, 16in steel wheels, manually adjustable door mirrors and no air conditioning. There isn't even a radio, driver’s seat height adjustment, a USB input socket or trim covers for the steel wheels.

Engine: 1.0 TCe 100

Try and avoid the entry-level 98bhp 1.0-litre TCe 100. Its power delivery is incredibly staged, sporadically feeling quite flat as you rev it out, and it takes a relative age to get up to motorway speeds. There’s also a Bi-Fuel version, which can run on both petrol and natural gas (LPG).  


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH12.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

46.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

445

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

138

g/km

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