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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best family SUV for value
Cars in this class must obviously provide sufficient space for families. However, the best also offer a comfortable ride, tidy handling and blend performance with wallet-friendly costs...
Dacia Duster 1.3 TCe 130 4x2 Comfort
It’s hard to believe that Dacia can sell the Duster for so little. Even if you splash out on our recommended Comfort trim, which brings welcome niceties such as 16in alloy wheels, cruise control and a touchscreen infotainment system, it’s still a comparative bargain for this class.
The rival MG ZS is similarly value- orientated, but the Duster is more comfortable and will carry more luggage in the boot, so it beats the ZS here.
Go for our favourite 128bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the Duster is capable of tackling both city streets and motorways without any trouble, while keeping running costs sensible. Indeed, expect to see almost 40mpg during everyday driving.
The Duster’s interior feels cheap in the main, but it’s well put together and should stand up to a rabble of rowdy kids, while the absence of luxury materials helps to keep that price low. Whether you buy it outright or on a PCP finance deal, there isn’t much else in this class or otherwise that offers as much bang for your buck.