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The Top Gear car review:Dacia Duster
For:One of the very cheapest small SUVs on sale - and appealing despite this
Against:The basic ones are just that, so-so NCAP
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.