2018 Dacia Duster reader test team review

The Dacia Duster is Britain's cheapest new SUV, but is it a bargain or do you get what you pay for? What Car? readers give their verdict...

1. 2018 Dacia Duster reader test team review
Phil Birtwistle
Ian Winney
David Willis
Joyce Tate
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Dacia arrived in the UK just five years ago, yet it already sells more cars here than established brands such as Jeep, Mitsubishi and Subaru.

What has seduced us is the bargain prices of its models, primary among them the Sandero hatchback and Duster family SUV. The former is the cheapest car on sale overall, at just £6995, while the latter is the cheapest SUV, at £9495.

So, it’s no surprise that the new Duster won’t jump up in price when it goes on sale in July. The new car is based on the same platform as its predecessor and uses the same engines – a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol – but every exterior body panel is new and the interior has been redesigned. Robust 4x4 styling has been retained but is clearly more modern, while Dacia has worked on lifting quality inside and updated the 7.0in infotainment touchscreen.

We invited our readers to see the new Duster to find out how much of an improvement it is.

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