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Used Dacia Duster 2018-present review

Category: Family SUV

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What is it like?

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Used Dacia Duster 2018-present review
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What's the used Dacia Duster 4x4 like?

Aside from some subtle differences in taste, a regular tin of value-brand baked beans does much the same job as the Heinz alternative; the biggest difference between the two is the price.

The same is true of the Dacia Duster, which does all the same things other family SUVs do, just more cheaply. And while you wouldn’t buy second-hand tinned food, you can buy a second-hand version of this second-generation Duster and save even more over its main rivals.  

Speaking of going off road, four-wheel-drive models are very capable if you decide to leave sealed roads behind. You can lock the car into four-wheel drive via a dial near the gearlever and the traction control system manages the brakes, stopping wheels from spinning and ensuring that power is sent to those wheels that have grip. Four-wheel-drive cars also have more sophisticated rear suspension which is more supple over bumps than that of regular front-wheel-drive cars. 

On the road, the Duster is predictable enough, with light, slow steering, undemanding control weights for the gearlever and clutch, and a decent ride on smaller wheels (or when equipped with four-wheel drive). It doesn’t have that last degree of finesse that you’d get from other family SUV rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca and VW Tiguan – but then it was a lot cheaper than all of those when new.

Interior quality leans further into the car's utilitarian, rough-and-ready persona and is far from luxurious. It’ll stand up to the most abusive of toddlers, but the materials look and feel ancient compared to rivals. There are no soft-touch plastics of any kind in the Duster.

Space is very good, though; four adults should have few complaints about longer journeys and you can even take five – at a pinch. Boot capacity is excellent, and the depth of it means you’ll need to carry exceptionally long items without having to fold the rear seats down. Just be aware that four-wheel-drive models have slightly less cargo capacity due to the extra mechanical components needed to give it four driven wheels.