“The truth is, the new Dacia Duster looks, drives, feels, be­haves and acts in a more su­pe­rior way than its pre­de­ces­sors.”

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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.

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