In entry-level Access trim, the Duster is poorly equipped and misses out on some features buyers have come to expect on their new car. On the positive side, its has electric front windows, remote central locking and the same safety kit as other Dusters, but there’s no radio, no driver’s seat height adjustment, no USB input socket and no covers for the steel wheels. It’s definitely worth upgrading to Ambiance trim – our favourite – which adds all of the above, plus 60/40 split rear seats and steering column stereo controls.
Top-spec Laureate cars are, naturally, much better equipped – and more expensive, too. They have air conditioning, electric rear windows, alloy wheels, smarter interior and exterior trim, front seatback map pockets, cruise control, and heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors.
Rear parking sensors and an alarm are reserved for the Duster’s options list, however, and even in its plushest trim, the model isn’t available with much of the luxury and convenience equipment that’s available on most new cars at the same price.