Parkers overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 4.7

Should you buy a Dacia Duster SUV?

In short, yes. 

You’d expect a £50,000 car to be comfortable, well equipped, nicely styled and pleasant to drive. But to get all of those things from a car that is available from less than £11,000 – with very good value finance options, too – is far more impressive. So much so that this is a car well worth considering even if you ignore the very low pricing.

The Duster is not perfect – the ride could be a bit smoother and we're unimpressed by its three-star Euro NCAP crash test score, for instance – but Dacia has chosen the corners to cut to allow the low headline prices wisely, giving it far wider appeal than its predecessor.

Sure, the Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai - to name but three - are superior to the Duster in almost every way, but in each instance, while the top models are hovering around the £40,000 mark, the priciest Dacia is still a sub-£20,000 SUV. 

Not that we'd recommend the range-topping Duster. For us the sweet spot in the range is the mid-range Comfort model with the TCe 130 petrol engine. Add in a bright metallic paint colour as an extra-cost option and you've got a very convincing family car for not a lot of money.

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Red 2020 Dacia Duster rear elevation driving