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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Dacia Duster

£9,295£16,840
7/10
Overall verdict
The most well-timed new vehicle launch in recent years: deserves a look.
 

For: 

One of the very cheapest small SUVs on sale - and appealing despite this

Against: 

The basic ones are just that, so-so NCAP

Overview

What is it?

Shockingly affordable, says Dacia. How shocking? This compact crossover-style machine costs from £9,495, or 45 per cent less than the price of a base Nissan Qashqai. The Duster is bigger inside, too and has the same 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel engine should you so wish. That’s shocking. As is the standard kit count, mind: not even a radio on the base model. Not even hubcaps on its (steel) wheels. You can have a Dacia Duster 4x4, though.

Indeed, it should be no surprise to find there are compromises to saving money when buying a Dacia Duster. It’s just that the proven Renault bits beneath mean it shouldn’t break or fall to bits. Dacia is embedded within Renault dealers to offer new cars for used car money, to buyers who want something sturdy, fuss-free and shiny-new. What a shockingly sensible approach.

A recent facelift means more standard equipment, some new headlights and a new top-of-the-range trim level.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 TCe 125 Laureate 5dr 4X4
11.0s 145g/km 44.1 125 £14,695
The cheapest
1.6 SCe 115 Access 5dr
11.0s 145g/km 44.1 114 £9,295
The greenest
1.5 dCi 110 Ambiance 5dr
11.8s 115g/km 64.2 109 £12,440
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