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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

Dacia Duster There is plenty of equipment and accessories on the Dacia Duster. From the January 2013 launch three Duster trim levels were on offer: Access, Ambiance and Laureate.

Standard Dacia Duster equipment

January 2013 onwards:

Standard features on the five-seater Duster Access include 16-inch steel wheels, longitudinal roof bars, electric front windows, four airbags, height adjustable steering wheel and ISOFIX points on the outer rear seats. An emergency spare wheel is also fitted free-of-charge to 4x4 versions. There’s also ABS and Emergency Brake Assist, plus remote central locking, together with radio and speaker pre-wiring.

Move up to the Ambiance trim and you get a radio/CD with an AUX port, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and steering column-mounted fingertip controls, plus body coloured bumpers, 60/40 split folding rear seats, front fog lights and height adjustable driver’s seat all as standard.

The best-selling model is likely to be the Laureate specification and should account for around two thirds of the Duster sales in the UK. This flagship trim level includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel, trip computer, satin chrome roof bars, scuff plates, side sills and door handles, body coloured, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, piano black detailing on the door handles, centre console surround, plus steering wheel and door panel inserts.

Sitting above this is Laureate Prime special edition, which comes with Cosmos Blue paint and blue details inside the car. You also get dark metals alloys and door mirrors, plus a central armrest, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel and the MediaNav Evolution multimedia system.

Optional Dacia Duster accessories

Options available on the Dacia Duster include ASR traction control and ESC on diesel-engined versions and metallic paint. All trim levels have non-metallic white as standard. There is a choice of four metallic paint finishes on Ambiance and Laureate trim levels.

Four accessory packs are also available. The first pack, Adventurer, includes door sill protective mouldings and front and rear wheel arch protectors. The second, Styling, brings daytime running lights, chrome detailing, front bars and exhaust tailpipe. The third pack, Protection, offers an alarm, rear parking sensors, tailgate protection, bootliner and front and rear mudguards. The Touring pack boasts a towbar, transversal roof bars and a front centre armrest.

We’d suggest when buying your Duster you should choose optional extras that will prop up the residual value of your car when you come to sell it. That way you won’t lose as much cash over your ownership period. Options such as parking sensors and an alarm will certainly help make the Duster more attractive to potential buyers.

Dacia Duster Special Editions

From October 2013 a limited run of 'Black Editions' were available, based on the 1.5-litre dCi 110 Ambiance 4x2. Special features for this model included a brushed black vinyl wrap, leather interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, Kenwood media system with 6.0-inch screen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and Garmin sat-nav.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Dacia Duster Estate.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Access equipment

Access standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
Access optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel

Ambiance equipment

Ambiance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels
Ambiance optional equipment
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel

Ambiance Prime equipment

Ambiance Prime standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
Ambiance Prime optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Laureate equipment

Laureate standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
Laureate optional equipment
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Laureate Prime equipment

Laureate Prime standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Laureate Prime optional equipment
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
Prestige optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Safety

3 out of 5 3.0

When tested by EuroNCAP in 2011 the Duster only received three stars. Parent company Renault will be hoping for a better Dacia Duster safety score when EuroNCAP come to evaluate the new model.

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Dacia Duster Estate was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2011
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 74%
Child Occupant: 78%
Pedestrian: 28%
Safety Assist: 29%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

5 out of 5 5.0

Dacia Duster practicality is best-in-class. With the seats in place the Dacia Duster has 475 litres of luggage space (408 litres in 4x4 with spare wheel) and with the rear seats folded this expands to 1,636 litres. Compare the boot space on the Duster to the Nissan Qashqai and you can see that the Duster has trumped the class-leading Qashqai on the practicality stakes.

With seats in place the Nissan has 410 litres and when the rear seats are folded flat this expands to 1,513 litres. If you compare the Dacia to the Hyundai ix35, the Duster comes out on top when the seats are folded flat. The ix35 has 591 litres with the seats in place while it has 1,436 when flat. The MINI Countryman is another rival that lags behind in the space race when compared against the Duster. The Countryman has a load space of 350 litres and 1,170 litres.

For families, the Duster offers practicality at the bargain basement end of the market. There is a generous amount of interior space in the Dacia. The Duster has five seats and you could ferry five adults – the middle seat in the rear bench is actually well sized and could accommodate an adult of average size and build. Head- and leg-room is plentiful.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Dacia Duster Estate compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Nissan Qashqai 430 litres
Skoda Yeti 416 litres
Dacia Duster Estate 408 litres
MINI Countryman 350 litres

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