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Dacia Duster

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

66
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

36
%
E

Eco Rating:

65
%
B

Reliability Rating:

97
%
A

Running Costs:

69
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

66
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

36
%
E

Eco Rating:

65
%
B

Reliability Rating:

97
%
A

Running Costs:

69
%
B

Summary


The Dacia Duster is a small SUV/crossover, priced at the budget end of the market. The current model is the second generation, which was launched in late 2017 before going on sale in the UK in the middle of 2018.

The Duster has received a broad range of scores and reviews from the UK media, ranging from outstanding to outright recommendations not to buy one. It has been praised for providing good value for money, but it is criticised for its driving dynamics and poor safety rating compared to other cars in its class.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the current Dacia Duster ranked an outstanding sixth place. In its 2021 survey, What Car? rated the Duster sixth in its list of the most reliable small cars.

The Dacia Duster received a mid-life update in Autumn 2021. This consisted of a number of incremental improvements to the current car, rather than an all-new model. As of January 2024, the Dacia Duster holds a New Car Expert Rating of D with a score of 56%.

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £17,295 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Autumn 2021
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 71%
Child protection: 66%
Vulnerable road users: 56%
Safety assist: 37%

Eco rating


No Green NCAP data available for this model.

Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.5-litre diesel manual 115hp

Overall score: 2 stars
Date tested: November 2020
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 5.1 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.1 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 2.8 / 10

The Dacia Duster 115hp 1.5-litre diesel manual received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in November 2020.

Green NCAP said: “A 1.5-litre in-line four-cylinder diesel engine powers the car tested here, delivering 85 kW and a very hefty 260 Nm of torque. The exhaust after-treatment system includes selective catalyst reduction and a diesel particulate filter, and the car is approved as Euro 6d-Temp.

“Overall, the vehicle offers reasonable fuel consumption values and CO2 emissions. The exhaust aftertreatment fulfils the legislative requirements and provides very good particle emissions control. Some improvement may help to reach better robustness also with regard to the NOx emissions, which are in general well handled by the abatement systems. Better control of ‘laughing gas’ emissions (N2O) would lead to a higher greenhouse gas index.

“As it is, this index is the car’s weak point, at just 2.8 out of 10, and leading to a 2½ star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.5-litre diesel manual version of the Duster, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Dacia Duster to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Duster, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models46 mpgC40 – 46 mpgC – D
Diesel models56 mpgB50 – 59 mpgA – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models141 g/kmB138 – 162 g/kmB – C
Diesel models134 g/kmA127 – 147 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models17A10 – 24A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£158A
Year 2£448A
Year 3£699A
Year 4£943A
Year 5£1,336A
Overall£3,584A

The Dacia Duster is an affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Though the fuel consumption of petrol and diesel models is nothing to shout about, the Duster is still quite economical when compared to other compact SUVs, and its insurance premiums will be cheaper than a lot of vehicles this size too. When it comes to maintenance, the car’s predicted servicing costs over the course of five years of ownership are excellent.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Dacia Duster has received

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Value New Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV for Value

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV for Value

2020

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Value New Car
  • Business Car Awards – Best Value Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV under £20K

2019

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Value New Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV under £18K

2018

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Off-Roader
  • The Sun Motor Awards – Best Value Car

2017

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Off-Roader

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