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
On-road, the Duster's name seems a bit optimistic. The petrol version needs to be worked quite hard, and even the torquey diesel will not provide you with many opportunities to taunt the drivers of posher cars with the Duster badging on the boot lid. But it's reasonably refined, and the ride, this ultimately being une produit de France, is quite soft and therefore very welcome.
What I'm really saying here is that the Duster is sort of like a car, and nothing more. A lot of things may seem to be missing, but this means that what is there is thrown into starker relief. The history of unknown marques from unexpected countries (Proton, Perodua, Hyundai, not that long ago) is that they're stigmatised with an image of being for people who couldn't otherwise stretch to a new car. This feels slightly different. It might just be a no-nonsense car for people over-endowed with sense.