4.3 out of 5 4.3
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Good value SUV offers substance, ability and equipment

Dacia Duster SUV (18 on) - rated 4.3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,085 - £21,480
Lease from new From £207 p/m View lease deals
Used price £7,680 - £22,515
Used monthly cost From £192 per month
Fuel Economy 33.2 - 60.1 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 9 - 22 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fantastic value for money
  • Practical, attractive interior
  • Excellent off-road ability

CONS

  • More road noise than pricier rivals
  • Ride could be more settled
  • Rear seats don’t fold flat

Dacia Duster SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Considering its price, the Duster really is brilliant, and that's why it's a previous winner in the Parkers New Car Awards. It's Britain's best-value SUV – and it's been updated with a sharper look than before, more driver assistance tech and a more up-to date infotainment set-up. It offers comfort, refinement and an overall feeling of quality, from just £13,995.

Despite the higher price that comes with the facelift, the Duster is still one of the cheapest SUVs you can buy. You can spec if up with all the equipment you'd associate with more expensive rivals, while the option of four-wheel drive and genuine off-road ability are highly unusal at this price point..

The new Duster has lost its basic Access entry-level model, now starting with the Essential model. That means even the cheapest Duster comes with air-conditioning, radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a new centre console with more storage options.

Dacia is the only company that offers an Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) version of its models as a factory option, and is keen to see the TCe 100 Bi-Fuel find buyers. These Dusters can run on that cheaper fuel or conventional unleaded petrol. The Bi-Fuel is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, and for the latest model, it gains a larger tank for up to 155 additional miles and costs the same as the equivalent – less powerful – petrol version.

So, it's inexpensive to buy, doesn't cost much to run, it's practical and you can have it with four-wheel drive if you're into more adventurous driving, but is it really worth considering alongside pricier, more mainstream alternatives such as the Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai to name a handful?

Over the next few pages we’ll be scoring the Duster in 10 key areas to give it a score out of five. They’ll take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you.

Dacia Duster SUV rivals

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