Top Gear On Ice: Land Rover Defender & Dacia Duster
Packed lunch? Check. Woolly hat? Check. Duster and Defender? Check. Let's off-road
Posted: 03 Jan 2013
Take the lack of a low-range gearbox. A proper low-cog 'box would be expensive and heavy, so Dacia hasn't bothered. But the Duster does get a super-low first gear, which achieves nearly the same thing - off-roading on the cheap. The Duster has three settings - two-wheel drive, auto, and four-wheel-drive lock - and, in the latter two, an electro-magnetic coupling in the centre diff decides where the drive should be sent. And it gets about, over and through pretty much anything you would normally throw at it. If you're looking for a properly useful little SUV for covering a lot of bases for not much cash, this should be in the running.