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Parkers overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 4.7
  • Extremely low cash and PCP finance costs
  • Strong diesel fuel economy, petrol mediocre
  • Essential and Comfort trim make most sense

Dacia Duster running costs might not be the lowest, but take into account the very low cash prices and finance costs and this must be one of – if not the – cheapest car in the class to access and run.

With a claimed fuel economy figure of 64.2mpg, the two-wheel drive 1.5-litre diesel is by far the most economical option at launch, followed by the 43.5mpg two-wheel drive 1.6-litre petrol. However, the diesel’s fuel savings are offset by a huge £2,000 price premium and lower residual values – seen in similarly inflated PCP finance costs.

This means, that a driver covering 30,000 miles over three years is likely to be around £800 better off by choosing the petrol if you combine fuel and PCP finance costs. As a result, all bar the highest-mileage drivers or those who want a machine with greater low-down punch for towing or off-roading would be better-suited by a petrol model.

A 130hp turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol is expected to arrive at the start of 2019 and this should provide an improved blend of performance, fuel economy and low prices.

Dacia also offers one to four-year servicing packs (one service per year), which should keep maintenance costs down.

Off-roader emissions are typically higher than equivalent hatchbacks, due to their additional weight, fuel-sapping four-wheel drive kit and bluff aerodynamics and that goes some way to explaining the Duster’s high emissions.

The lowest CO2 emissions come from the 115g/km two-wheel drive 1.5-litre diesel, while the four-wheel drive 1.6-litre petrol kicks out a substantial 158g/km according to official figures.

The upcoming turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol should offer improved emissions and performance over the current 1.6-litre model.

  • Dacia recycles Renault engines and kit
  • Basic Duster has only experienced one recall
  • Mostly proven tech used in Duster

Despite parent company Renault not having the best reputation for durability, the previous-generation Dacia Duster proved to be reliable.

With little to go wrong on the Duster and much of the kit proven in older Renaults there should be little to worry about here.

The second-generation Duster gains a lot of new tech such as keyless entry, automatic headlights and climate control – all new to the Dacia range – though as this isn’t cutting edge kit, we don’t anticipate too many problems.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,238 - £1,455 *
Diesel 131p £931 - £961 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5dCi (115ps) Diesel 115 g/km (Min) £145
1.6 (115ps) Petrol 158 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 9 - 15
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.