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Dacia Duster

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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 will receive a mid-life update in Autumn 2021. This will consist of a number of incremental improvements to the current car, rather than an all-new model. This will be available to order by the end of summer.

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £9,995 on-road

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


Media reviews


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

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2017

71%

ADULT OCCUPANT

66%

CHILD OCCUPANT

56%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

37%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Dacia Duster 115hp 1.5-litre diesel manual received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

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.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Dacia Duster has won

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV for Value

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Off-Roader

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