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Dacia Duster (2010 to 2017)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

54
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

61
%
D

Safety Rating:

12
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

92
%
A

Running Costs:

58
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

54
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

61
%
D

Safety Rating:

12
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

92
%
A

Running Costs:

58
%
B

Summary


The Dacia Duster is a small SUV/crossover, priced at the budget end of the market. This model was the first generation, which was launched in late 2010 and ended production in 2017.

Described by Autocar as “a no-nonsense machine that wears its bargain price tag like a badge of honour”, the first iteration of the Duster received a rather mixed bag of review scores while it was on sale.

As a spacious and practical family car that undercut the price of its rivals by several thousand, the Duster was earmarked by the British media for its serious value-for-money, but this budget deal had several trade-offs.

“It has genuine off-road ability”, Carwow commented, “but it drives like it was designed in the 1990s”. Several reviewers agreed with this sentiment – the Duster could soak up potholes with ease, but it wasn’t too agile in the corners and was quite noisy on the motorway. A number of journalists also commented that they could not recommend the Duster due to its poor Euro NCAP safety rating.

The biggest compromise facing buyers was the car’s interior however, which What Car? said was “not a particularly pleasant place to be”. Reviewers took issue with the SUV’s fragile interior plastics, dated on-board tech and the car’s rather basic entry-level equipment list, which did not include modern essentials like air conditioning.

That said, should you be able to look past its shortcomings, the Duster was a no-frills option with an enticing price point. “For cash-strapped families” What Car? concluded, “the Duster offers an option like no other.”

As of April 2024, the first-generation Dacia Duster holds a Used Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 54%. It scored top marks for its excellent reliability record and also gets good grades for its low running costs. But its media review scores were poor, while its safety score is very poor as it’s now long outdated (and wasn’t a great score when it was new).

Duster highlights

  • Serious value-for-money
  • Spacious and practical cabin
  • Large boot
  • Two- and four-wheel drive models on offer

Duster lowlights

  • Fragile interior plastics
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Lead-in models didn’t have air-con
  • Dated driving dynamics

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol, diesel
Price when new:
From £9,290 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2010
Last updated: Winter 2013/14
Replaced: Summer 2018


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Eurekar

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: February 2011
Date expired: January 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 74%
Child protection: 78%
Vulnerable road users: 28%
Safety assist: 29%

Notes on safety rating

The Dacia Duster was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2011 and awarded a three-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2018 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

Although the rating has now expired, the score is still useful if you are comparing a used Duster to vehicles of similar age – whose ratings will have almost certainly expired as well.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The first-generation Dacia Duster was not lab tested by Green NCAP as it was out of production before the emissions testing body came into being in 2018.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of April 2024, the Dacia Duster holds an excellent reliability score of 82%, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy.

The average repair cost is also very low at less than £200, meaning that the Duster is also likely to be inexpensive to fix if it does go wrong. The only caveat to all this good news is that we still don’t have a lot of data on the Duster’s servicing costs, so the results could change quite significantly with only a few high-cost repairs.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Dacia Duster has received

2017

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Cheap Car + Best Winter Car

2016

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Winter Car

2015

  • The Green Apple Awards – Best Small SUV

2013

  • Tow Car Awards – Best Budget 4×4

2012

  • Top Gear Awards – Best Bargain Car

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The first-generation Dacia Duster was a small SUV with unparalled affordability, but buying one required some interior quality compromises.Dacia Duster (2010 to 2017)