“The truth is, the new Dacia Duster looks, drives, feels, behaves and acts in a more superior way than its predecessors.”
forward by 100mm and made it more steeply raked, which adds to space inside.
New 17-inch wheels with black wing arch trims give the car a more assertive personality and a slicker grille/headlamp array actually manages to make the car look a little wider.
LED daytime running lights divided into three sections and Dacia’s rear lighting signature – four red stacked squares – round off the look.
The overall affect is definitely SUV, not crossover, and the car has a real ‘active lifestyle’ feel about it.
My review car, courtesy of Charles Hurst Dacia on Belfast’s Boucher Road, came in vibrant Desert Orange colour; it sets the car off nicely, particularly in Prestige trim, and certainly gets it noticed.
TECH AND TRIM There’s little change in the trim levels: Access (from £9,995), Essential (£11,595), Comfort (£13,195) and Prestige (£14,395).
Standard equipment includes the new electric power steering, ECO mode and Stop and Startabs and Emergency Brake Assist, ESC/ ASR (Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control).
Despite this, the entry-level cars are very basic when it comes to technology, and you’d be better off focusing on either Comfort or Prestige.
Essential trim adds air-con, 16-inch ‘Fidji’ steel wheels, DAB radio with steering-column and Bluetooth connectivity over the standard features.
Comfort adds further goodies including better alloys, leather steering wheel, graphite cloth upholstery, rear parking camera and sensors, the Medianav 7” touchscreen multimedia system.
Range-topping Prestige piles on further extras including new 17inch ‘Diamond-cut’ alloys, s really rather multi-view camera that lets you see all around the car during manoeuvres, blind spot warning, climate control and keyless entry. larly for the higher-spec models, it’s clear Dacia has hit that value for money/desirability sweet spot with this model.
This is a car that has a wide range of users, from families, to businesses to off-roaders, or singles with active weekend lifestyles.
Unless you want the basic Access vehicle for a specific purpose (say for a business), you should do your shopping at Comfort or Prestige trim – although more expensive, these still represent outstanding value for money.