The Duster is available with three four-cylinder engines: a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The 1.5 petrol unit is rather wheezy and needs to be revved hard, although its outright performance is acceptable.
The turbocharged 1.2 petrol, which offers the best performance in the range, is the one to go for if you don't do many miles.
For those that do more miles the 1.5-litre diesel is the best bet. It’s usefully flexible, so you’ll have no problem getting to the motorway limit or keeping up with everyday, main-road traffic.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the 1.6 petrol two-wheel-drive version, with a six-speed manual 'box standard on all other models. You can option a six-speed auto 'box, but only on the 1.5 diesel.