Wherever you look, there’s no escaping the fact that the Duster appears to be built to a low price. It lacks many of the cosmetic touches we’ve come to expect from modern cars. Plastics look unappealing, the carpets are insubstantial and the trim is, frankly, unappealing.
The switchgear has a dated, unsophisticated feel, too. Much of it comes from long-defunct Renault models so it’s no surprise that, in many ways, the Duster feels like a car at least 10 years behind the times.
If you can look beyond all that, however, the Duster feels solidly screwed together and sturdy. In fact, this is a car that’s sold globally and is built to withstand tough treatment in countries where roads are nowhere near as well surfaced as those in the UK.
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