Dacia Duster 1.0 TCe 100 Bi-Fuel Essential 5dr [6 Speed] Review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £13,395What Car? Target Price£13,176
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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This trim does what it says on the tin. Air conditioning is the biggest bonus over Access, along with body-coloured bumpers, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, a reach and rake adjustable steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a DAB radio with Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

A genuinely unique offering in the SUV class, being able to run on petrol and on LPG thanks to it having two fuel tanks. Running on LPG results in lower CO2 emissions, and while the fuel economy is actually worse than when you’re running on petrol, the fact that LPG is so much cheaper at the pumps means there are big potential fuel-bill savings. The Bi-Fuel version cost only a nominal amount more than the petrol-only TCe 100, and over the course of 12,000 miles you should have earned that extra outlay back. Plus, you’ve got the benefit of having the combined range of two fuel tanks. It is, though, very slow, whichever fuel it's running on.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH14.4 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/LPG
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

43.5

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

445

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

146

g/km

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