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Dacia Duster Duster 1.5 dCi 110 4x4 Ambiance 5d

Driven May 2013

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  • The numbers

    Duster 1.5 dCi 110 4x4 Ambiance 5d

    Price £13,495

    BHP 110

    LB FT 177

    MPG 53

    CO2 137

    0-62 MPH 12.50

    Top Speed 104

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Everyone likes a bargain, which is why a lot of us, and not just Dacia evangelist James May, should like the Duster. Basically, what you're looking at here is a Nissan Qashqai/Skoda Yeti rival which costs just £13,495 for the mid-range specification diesel 4WD car. (A car that has Bluetooth, an aux-in socket and body-colour bumpers as standard.) And it's all about the Value for Money.

That's a huge nine grand cheaper than an oilburning 4x4 Qashqai and five grand less than a diesel AWD Yeti. OK, so the crash safety and refinement could be described as somewhat lacking, but, for 13 grand, something's got to give.

Badge snobs may say that its lack of squidgy interior plastics and decent soundproofing cannot be overcome; enthusiastic drivers may say that the steering is vague and the handling is sloppy... but not many will be able to moan about the running gear.

The diesel engine is more than adequate - punchy in town and long-legged on the motorway - and the gearbox is fine, if a little, erm, porridgey. Welcome to the UK, Dacia, we're liking what you're doing.

Esther Neve

The Numbers:

1461cc, 4cyl, 4WD, 109bhp, 177lb ft, 53.3mpg, 137g/km CO2, 0-62mph in 12.5secs, 104mph, 1844kg

The Verdict:

You'll not find a better 4x4 for the same money. The bargain of the decade.

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