The Duster provides more space in the front of its cabin than most cars at the price. Its generous dimensions translate into lots of head- and leg room. However, it’s annoying that there’s no passenger seat height adjustment for any Duster, and that entry-level models miss out on driver’s seat height adjustment.
The front doors are tall and wide, so getting in and out is a breeze. Storage provision is reasonable with decent front door bins and a pair of fixed cupholders ahead of the gearlever that also double as extra oddment space. There is a selection of cubbies between the front seats, too – some so small to be of little use, others usefully large, but all uncovered.
There’s no front armrest but one can be specified as part of the optional Touring Pack that brings a towbar and roof bars.
Dacia Duster rear space
The Duster’s generous dimensions make it one of the most practical cars at this price. It has more head- and leg room than many of its rivals; in fact, enough to make it a proper family car.
Access is good thanks to tall door openings and the car’s raised floor means you don’t have to bend down to get kids in and out of child seats. It’s possible to fit three child seats across the back, depending on the model, but there’s a wide centre tunnel that means older children or adults sit with their feet splayed either side of it.
There are no door bins, but a large fixed drinks holder between the front seats (and within reach of those in the back) will hold a large drinks bottle.
Dacia Duster seating flexibility
Entry-level Dusters have a one-piece folding rear seat that limits the car’s flexibility considerably. Higher-spec models have a 60/40 split folding bench that’s much more versatile. Folding the rear seat backs is easy enough, and leaves a very long – but not flat – load area. You can flip the seat base up first to create an almost flat space, however.
The front passenger seat doesn’t adjust for height, but you can fold the backrest forward by about 45deg to cater for very long loads when the rear seats are folded.
Dacia Duster boot space
The Duster’s boot is large by any standards but immense when compared with those in most rivals. Front-wheel-drive models have 475 litres of boot space, which is more than you get in the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai (four-wheel-drive Dusters offer a slightly less competitive 408 litres with the spare wheel fitted). Whatever: there’s easily enough space in the Duster’s boot to carry a week’s worth of camping essentials.
With the rear seats folded, front-wheel-drive versions offer 1636 litres of space; plenty big enough for a visit to Ikea for some flat-pack furniture and more than you get in a Nissan Qashqai. The boot itself is a very practical shape: wide and high, with only a small lip to load items over.