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Dacia Duster — long-term review

The Dacia Duster makes life simple

Specification:
Dacia Duster TCe 130
Engine:
1,333cc 4-cyl turbo
Claimed MPG:
139g/km C02, 41.5mpg (combined)
Performance:
0-62mph in 11.1 seconds, 118mph top speed
Weight:
1,234kg
Price:
£14,400 (£15,050 as tested)

The one thing that really strikes when you have a Duster is that it offers freedom. It’s not that it’s disposable in any way (cheap plastics aside), more that you don’t get precious about the ownership proposition.

I have a dog, and a waterproof blanket in the back is all that’s required. Trip to the local recycling centre? Drop the seats, throw in a tarp and you’re set. Need to navigate multiple parallel parks and tight shopping centre carpark kerbs? Simple - the tyres are balloony enough that you can’t scratch an alloy anyway.

And when you do park it, you don’t feel like you need armed guards. In many ways it’s like the old Land Rovers I used to have: a faithful companion that can look after itself. Real life is its element.

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