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DACIA DUSTER DIESEL ESTATE

1.5 Blue dCi Comfort 5dr

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Mileage
Mileage 64.30mpg
Co2
Co2 128.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 113mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Cruise control
  • Dusk sensor
  • Eco mode
  • Electric power assisted steering
  • MediaNav Evolution 7" touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation, Apple car play and Android auto, RDS with TMC, siri voice recognition
  • On board computer, odometer, trip computer, average fuel consumption, average speed, service indicator, outside temperature gauge
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rev counter
  • Speed limiter
  • Stop/start system

Entertainment

  • 4x 20W FM/AM/DAB tuner with steering column mounted fingertip controls
  • Aux-in socket
  • USB connection for MP3 players

Exterior Features

  • 3 speed windscreen wipers
  • Black number plate surround
  • Black side sills
  • Black/satin chrome tailgate trim with Duster inscription in black background and lettering
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured front and rear upper section bumpers
  • Chrome front grille
  • Dark glass on lateral rear windows
  • Dark metal door mirrors in grey
  • Daytime running lights
  • Double optic headlights
  • Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Front and rear black lower section bumpers
  • Front door sill protection strip
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated rear window
  • High level third rear brake light
  • LED automatically switched on - In main headlights
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Satin chrome front and rear skid plates
  • Satin chrome longitudinal roof bars

Interior Features

  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 4 speed heating and ventilation with air recirculation
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Boot light
  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment
  • Fabric decorative insert on door panels
  • Front passenger reading light
  • Front seat armrests
  • Front under seat storage
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox light
  • Graphite cloth upholstery
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix points for child seats in both outer rear seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Map pocket on front seat backs
  • Matt black front door handles
  • Matt black rear door handles
  • Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
  • Rear passenger reading light
  • Satin chrome gear lever cap insert
  • Satin chrome lower steering wheel insert
  • Soft feel steering wheel

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS and Emergency brake assist
  • ASR traction control with Electronic stability control
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Door open visual and audible warning
  • Driver airbag
  • Driver and passenger seatbelt not fastened - visual and audible warning
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham approved engine immobiliser

Trim

  • Dark carbon central console surround
  • Matt black central console fascia
  • Piano black decorative insert on door panels
  • Satin chrome air vent surround
  • Satin chrome instrument dial surrounds

Wheels

  • 16" Cyclade aluminium Alloy wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    107
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    128

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1461
  • Compression Ratio
    15.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    76
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    80.5
  • Engine Code
    K9K 666
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    8
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    64
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    68.9
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    58.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    4.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    62.8

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    115
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Blue dCi
  • Coin Series
    Comfort
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    14E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    115
  • Engine Power - KW
    85
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    192
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    26.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    260
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    113

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    145/90 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    145/90 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    CYCLADE
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1633
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1693
  • Length
    4341
  • Wheelbase
    2674
  • Width
    1804
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2052

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1848
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1623
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    445
  • Max. Loading Weight
    528
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    695
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1320
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.72

The second generation Dacia Duster continues to offer a trendy compact 5-door SUV Crossover for supermini money. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Background

The original 'HS'-series Duster SUV was the car that really built the Dacia brand. Launched in 2010, it was far better than any model in this class had a right to be for less than £10,000, but it did have a few rough edges - enough to keep some buyers in the compact SUV segment loyal to more established brands. You always felt that if this Renault-owner manufacturer could add a bit of extra quality, technology and polish to this value-orientated recipe, then it would be well set. Well, to some extent that happened when this second generation 'HM'-series Duster model was introduced in 2017, a car further embellished four years on with the mid-term update we look at here. There's a smarter look and a completely redesigned dashboard. And it's all been put together with a bit more love. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Cut back on cost and you also cut back on expectations. Admit it - you didn't think the Duster was going to be any good at all to drive. It may well come as quite a surprise then, to learn that the market consensus in Europe, where this car has been a huge sales success, is that this Dacia has the sort of ride/handling compromise that would shame rivals many thousands of pounds more expensive. Engine-wise, first up is the 0.9-litre TCe 90 engine, a 90hp unit familiar from other compact Renault and Dacia models. It's a decent choice and can also be had in 'TCe 100 Bi-Fuel' LPG form If you need something a bit gutsier under the bonnet and want petrol power, there's also a more modern 1.3-litre TCe turbo petrol unit, available with either 130 or 150hp, the latter only available with EDC auto transmission. All other engines in the range have to be had with a manual gearbox. If you need more pulling power and extra economy, you'll be directed towards the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 115hp diesel, which is the only engine in the range that can be mated to 4WD - a rare thing to find on an affordable small SUV. The 4x4 set-up is Renault's usual Nissan-engineered three-mode system, selectable via a rotary controller in front of the gear stick. Most of the time you'll be in '2WD', but in wet or icy conditions, there's the peace of mind of being able to switch seamlessly to 'Auto' so that extra traction will automatically cut in when necessary. For mud-plugging meanwhile, you'll want to keep all wheels turning permanently by switching to the 'Lock' setting.

Design and Build

This second generation 'HM'-series Duster model has been on sale since 2017, so Dacia has decided that it's time for a mild update, which sees the adoption of smarter Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, which incorporate LED direction indicators and flank a redesigned 3D chromed radiator grille. The bumpers are also smarter and at the rear, there's a redesigned spoiler and fresh tailgate trim. Otherwise, things are much as before. A large, scratch-resistant front skid plate reinforces Duster's adventurer credentials. A high belt line adds to the impression of robustness and protection while the windscreen is quite steeply raked, which makes the cabin appear more spacious. The changes made inside are more significant; this no longer feels like such a bargain basement SUV. That's courtesy of much nicer upholstery, revised headrests, and a high centre console with a wide retracting armrest. The Duster also now offers two multimedia systems with an 8-inch 'Media Display' touchscreen with 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. Of course, if you look for them, there are signs of cost-cutting, but everything's been decently put together. As for rear seat accommodation, well, there's actually more space here than you'd find in most compact SUVs, with reasonable levels of head, leg and shoulder room for two and, on shorter journeys, even for three. The boot's a decent size, offering 478-litres for the 2WD version and 467-litres for the 4WD variant. Fold the rear bench in the 2WD variant and you can fit in as much as 1,623-litres; with the 4WD derivative, it'd be up to 1,614-litres.

Market and Model

The Duster is no longer quite as 'shockingly affordable' as it used to be, but pricing still comfortably undercuts most rivals, starting from around £13,000 for entry-level 'Essential' trim. There are only two other trim options - mid-level 'Comfort' and top 'Prestige'. 'Essential' trim gives you only the basics - things like 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, black roof bars, cruise control with speed limiter, a seven-function on-board computer, a DAB Radio and manual air conditioning. 'Comfort'-spec adds 16-inch alloy wheels, black-painted heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, body-coloured door handles, front fog lights, and hill descent control. The interior, meanwhile, gains upgraded upholstery, a height-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, a leather steering wheel, electric rear windows, rear parking sensors with a rear camera, and an 8-inch Media Display infotainment system complete with 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay'. Top 'Prestige' trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Grey Quartz door mirrors and roof bars, dark-tinted rear windows and an acoustic windshield. There's also automatic air conditioning, keyless entry, a Multiview camera, front parking sensors, a blind spot warning system, heated seats, and an 8-inch 'Media Nav' on-board navigation system with wireless smartphone connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Cost of Ownership

You'll find the Duster not only inexpensive to buy but similarly cheap to keep on the road. Let's get to the WLTP-rated figures. The base TCe 90 petrol model manages up to 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and 140g/km of CO2. For the TCe 130 4x2 variants, the figures are much the same. For the TCe 150 4x2 EDC auto version, you're looking at 44.8mpg and 142g/km. For the Blue dCi diesel 4x2 version, it's 57.6mpg and 127g/km. And for the Blue dCi 115 4x4, it's 53.3mpg and 139g/km. All Dacia TCe 100 models can also be ordered in LPG form, badged 'TCe 100 Bi-Fuel', featuring a 1.0-litre turbocharged dual-fuel powertrain combining petrol and LPG capabilities. As for peace of mind, well Dacia has chosen to cock a snook at the Koreans by - and I quote - 'deciding not to force buyers into paying a premium for a longer warranty they might not want'. You may disagree, but at least if you do, you've the option of extending the standard 3 year/60,000 mile cover with an affordably-priced five or seven year policy.

Summary

The affordable Dacia Duster SUV remains a refreshing change to the way that new cars are often a lot more expensive than perhaps they need to be, especially in fashionable market sectors like those for Crossover 4x4s. It's a trend manufacturers try and justify with high technology that's certainly very impressive but which many buyers neither appreciate nor really want. These are the people being targeted here by what continues to be a very clever package indeed, one that gives you almost everything you need - and nothing you don't. The things it can't offer - cutting edge handling, hi-tech equipment levels and a soft-touch trendy cabin - become irrelevant when you consider the asking price. A figure that in 4x4 models buys you off road ability that betters that of some rivals costing nearly twice as much. And in whatever guise you choose, you'll find a Duster smartly styled, practically finished and affordable to run. Enough to make it a better bet than a late, low mileage second hand Crossover/4x4 rival? Many will think so.

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