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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

From launch, the Dacia Duster was available in three trim levels: Access, Ambiance and Laureate. Since then, a top-spec Prestige model has been added to the line-up.

Standard Dacia Duster equipment

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

Move up to Ambiance trim and you get aux-in and USB ports, Bluetooth phone connectivity and steering column-mounted stereo controls. There’s also body-coloured bumpers, front foglights, 60:40 split-folding rear seats and a height adjustable driver’s seat.

In 2016, Ambiance Prime was added to the line-up, adding Chestnut brown metallic paint and different 16-inch alloy wheels over regular Ambiance models.

Laureate trim is next, which is the most popular model in the UK. These get 16-inch alloy wheels, electric rear windows, air-conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, satin chrome roof bars, scuff plates and side sills, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and some glossy black plastic trim on the dashboard, centre console and interior door handles.

Range-topping Prestige models come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, live traffic information, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Optional Dacia Duster accessories

A range of options packs are available on the Dacia Duster. A Leather Pack adds leather upholstery, the Protection Pack adds an alarm, parking sensors, mudguards and interior mats and the Styling Pack adds chrome exterior detailing.

If you want more practical features, there’s a Touring Pack which includes a tow bar, roof rack and an armrest, while the Action Pack adds fog lamps, a spoiler, side steps and a chrome front bar.

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
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
Laureate optional equipment
  • CD
  • 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
  • Sat Nav
  • 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 (10-17) 350 litres

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