Follow that donkey!
James May sets off on a daring quest across Morocco to find the new people’s car, and returns with a Dacia Duster
Posted: 13 Jul 2010
In this respect, then, it's not unlike the British countryside, much of which is also unfinished. A farming friend confirms that out in the sticks the vast majority of so-called ‘off-roading' takes place on tracks and across fields at gymkhanas and druidic meetings. For this sort of thing, the Duster is pretty good, and I even managed to get the 2wd version through a pretty formidable gulley and up a small mountain to confront some goats. The chamfered ends and high clearance help here, but of less obvious benefit is a weight of just 1,160kg, or less than my old 1980s Porsche 911.
With the 4wd hardware and the diesel, it really is quite impressive. No, you're not going to be able to plunge down the side of a mountain in low range like you can in a Land Rover, but in reality no one actually does: that's just a stunt for off-road driving courses. And even now the Duster weighs in at just 1,250kg, which is still less than my old 911.