New Dacia Duster vs MG GS

The Dacia Duster budget SUV sweeps up for price. But does the MG GS brush up well beside it?...

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What Car? team
23 November 2017

Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

In terms of space for you and your passengers, the GS reigns supreme. Up front, it has more head room than the Duster, while it’s also wider and has substantially more leg room. The Duster’s front seats don’t slide very far back at all, so really tall drivers will struggle to get comfortable. The Duster has more useful storage compartments, including bigger door pockets, although the gloveboxes are disappointingly poky in both cars.

In the back, the GS again has the advantage. Although the Duster has more head room and there’s enough space for six-footers, long-legged adults can properly stretch out in the GS, helped by the huge amount of foot space under the front seats. It also gets reclining rear seats as standard – a feature that’s rare in family SUVs, let alone bargain-priced ones. Three adults will be slightly more comfortable in the back of the Duster, though, thanks to its extra shoulder room.

MG GS

The Duster makes up for its shortfall in interior space by having a much bigger boot. The GS will just about cope with a modest amount of luggage, whereas the Duster’s boot is a far more practical size, whether the seats are down or up. As a clear illustration, we fitted five carry-on suitcases in the GS’s boot, whereas the Duster swallowed eight.

Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster

Rear seats in both cars are 60/40 split-folding, but the Duster’s boot is significantly bigger with them up or down. Maximum leg room available to the driver is disappointing but will only be a problem if you’re particularly lanky.

Boot 445-1623 litres Suitcases 8

MG GS

MG GS

Boot size isn’t anything to write home about, but GS passengers have more leg room to allow them to stretch out in the rear seats – unless you’re carrying three adults side by side, because the Duster’s middle seat is slightly wider.

Boot 483-1336 litres Suitcases 5

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