New Suzuki Ignis vs Dacia Duster

Suzuki’s new Ignis is an inexpensive way to get off-road ability. We find out if it’s a better choice than the recently revised Dacia Duster...

New Suzuki Ignis vs Dacia Duster

What are they like inside?

A tall adult will be comfortable in the front of either of these cars. Both offer plenty of leg and head room as well as a height-adjustable driver’s seat (although adjusting the seat height is more of a faff in the Duster). However, neither gets adjustable lumbar support, and their steering wheels have only limited adjustment, moving up and down but not in and out.

Cheap but durable-feeling plastics abound inside both cars, but the Ignis's variety of colours and gloss finishes make it the more welcoming place to spend time, and that difference will be even more marked if you don’t opt to add the £450 infotainment touchscreen (pictured) to the Duster’s otherwise drab dashboard.

The Ignis’s standard touchscreen, which includes sat-nav, is rather fiddly; you have to prod it quite hard, and sometimes it’s tricky to find menu options that should be obvious. The Duster’s system, meanwhile, is more logical and benefits from bigger on-screen icons. Both cars get a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port as standard.

New Suzuki Ignis vs Dacia Duster

Remarkably, it’s the smaller Ignis that provides more head and leg room for rear passengers. This little car’s boxy shape gives it seriously impressive interior space, so you can comfortably sit four 6ft-tall people inside. The Ignis even has 50/50 split-sliding rear seats with reclining backrests. However, there are only two seats in the back, whereas the Duster can seat three, albeit at a squeeze.

The price you pay for the Ignis’s roomy rear seats is evident when you open the boot. Luggage capacity is half that of the Duster, and even with the Ignis’s seats slid all the way forward, the Duster’s boot is still longer and wider. The Duster even has room to hide a full-sized spare wheel beneath its boot floor, whereas the Ignis makes do with a tyre repair kit.

Fold down the rear seats in the Ignis and you’re left with a huge step up in the floor of the extended load bay, whereas the 60/40 split-folding rear seats in the Duster leave a smooth, if slightly sloping, extended boot floor.